2006-06-09 / Community

A Small Peninsula For 112,000 Residents

This photo, shot by a passenger landing at John F. Kennedy Airport a few weeks ago, shows just how small our peninsula is even though the population is growing by leaps and bounds. At left, separated from Rockaway by the East Rockaway Inlet is Atlantic Beach. The bottom of the photo shows Far Rockaway, with Roy Reuther Houses standing tall on the lower left portion of the peninsula. Far Rockaway and Bayswater curve out towards the extreme right of the photograph. Note the emptiness of the central part of the peninsula, the fallow Arverne Urban Renewal area that is now under development. The protuberance sticking out into Jamaica Bay is noted on the maps as the "Rockaway Community Park," but is, in fact, the abandoned Edgemere Landfill. The bridge in the upper center of the photo is the Cross Bay Bridge and the bridge towards the top of the photo is the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Bridge, with Breezy Point beyond. Belle Harbor appears as just what it is, a narrow strip of land connecting the Rockaway peninsula with the mainland.

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