Rockaway Beach takes its name from the the seven-mile stretch of sand that extends the entire length of Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. Rockaway Beach is bordered to the east by the Arverne neighborhood and to the west by Rockaway Park.
Rockaway Beach in Queens attracts a good crowd
Rockaway Beach in Queens attracts a good crowd on a summer's day. (July 27, 2013) (Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)
Rent Jet Skis for up to two hours
Rent Jet Skis for up to two hours from Rockaway Jet Ski at Thai Rock. (Credit: Anthony Lanzilote, 2013)
Rockaway Beach has always been a well-known spot
Rockaway Beach has always been a well-known spot for surfers. (July 27, 2013) (Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)

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A cozy, brick-walled eatery, Uma's Rockaway Beach serves
A cozy, brick-walled eatery, Uma's Rockaway Beach serves up Uzbek cuisine: shish kebabs of chicken beef and lamb, and plov, a traditional dish with rice, lamb, carrots and onions. (July 27, 2013) (Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)
Bungalow Bar's facade hides its secret attraction: a
Bungalow Bar's facade hides its secret attraction: a large outdoor deck in the rear, overlooking Jamaica Bay. (Credit: Anthony Lanzilote, 2013)
A man fishes under the Cross Bay Bridge
A man fishes under the Cross Bay Bridge in Rockaway Park, Queens. (July 27, 2013) (Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)
The no-frills Rockaway Taco offers tasty fish, carne,
The no-frills Rockaway Taco offers tasty fish, carne, chorizo and tofu tacos ($3.50), plus Italian ices (small $2.50) with offbeat flavors such as cucumber-lime. (July 27, 2013) (Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)
Caracas Arepa Bar on the beachfront in Rockaway
Caracas Arepa Bar on the beachfront in Rockaway Beach, Queens, serves traditional Latin American corn cakes with sandwich-like fillings such as black beans, queso blanco and fried plantains. (Credit: Tom Beer)

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Enjoying the view at Rockaway Beach, Queens. (July
Enjoying the view at Rockaway Beach, Queens. (July 27, 2013) (Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)
Taking in a bit of shade at Rockaway
Taking in a bit of shade at Rockaway Beach, Queens. (July 27, 2013) (Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)
A boardwalk is like a sculpture in Rockaway
A boardwalk is like a sculpture in Rockaway Beach, Queens. (July 27, 2013) (Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)
Beachgoers enjoy the sun at Rockaway Beach. (July
Beachgoers enjoy the sun at Rockaway Beach. (July 27, 2013) (Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)