This ocean-front park features a number of nature walks, as well as remnants from its military past. Its fortifications were built in 1917 to protect New York Harbor from air and sea attacks. The beach is a part of the 26,000 acre Gateway National Recreation Area that runs through Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island all the way into Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Jutting out from the southern edge of Queens, the scrappy Rockaway peninsula has transformed into one of the friendliest beach towns in New York, with an ever-changing lineup of cool things to do. Stretching from Far Rockaway to Breezy Point, the urban oasis offers some of NYC's best tacos, laid-back outdoor bars and awesome shops selling vintage and trendy surfer apparel. Aside from that, the Rockaways have a killer art and entertainment scene in addition to its supportive-community vibe. Check out the area’s art galleries at Fort Tilden as well as some of the restaurants and bars, which host live music every night of the week. Whether you go to hang ten, get a tan or stuff your face with grub from the boardwalk, there is undoubtedly something for everyone at "Rock-Rock, Rockaway Beach." It's as close as you'll get to paradise in New York City!
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