Breezy Point, Queens

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Breezy Point
—  Neighborhoods of New York City  —
Breezy Point Shopping Center
Nickname(s): Irish Riviera, Cois Farraige
Breezy Point, Queens is located in New York City
Breezy Point
Coordinates: 40°33′23″N 73°55′34″W / 40.5564945°N 73.9262483°W / 40.5564945; -73.9262483
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyQueens
Area
 • Total0.78 sq mi (2.0 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total4,337
Ethnicity
 • White99.2%
 • Black0.1%
 • Hispanic1.2%
 • Asian0.3%
 • Other0.1%
Economics
 • Median income$58,491
ZIP code11697
Area code(s)718, 347, 917
 
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Coordinates: 40°33′23″N 73°55′34″W / 40.5564945°N 73.9262483°W / 40.5564945; -73.9262483

Breezy Point
—  Neighborhoods of New York City  —
Breezy Point Shopping Center
Nickname(s): Irish Riviera, Cois Farraige
Breezy Point, Queens is located in New York City
Breezy Point
Coordinates: 40°33′23″N 73°55′34″W / 40.5564945°N 73.9262483°W / 40.5564945; -73.9262483
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyQueens
Area
 • Total0.78 sq mi (2.0 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total4,337
Ethnicity
 • White99.2%
 • Black0.1%
 • Hispanic1.2%
 • Asian0.3%
 • Other0.1%
Economics
 • Median income$58,491
ZIP code11697
Area code(s)718, 347, 917

Breezy Point is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, located on the western end of the Rockaway peninsula, between Rockaway Inlet and Jamaica Bay on the landward side, and the Atlantic Ocean. The neighborhood is governed by Queens Community Board 14.[1] The community is run by the Breezy Point Cooperative, in which all residents pay the maintenance, security, and community-oriented costs involved with keeping the community private. The cooperative owns the entire 500-acre (2 km2) community; residents own their homes and hold shares in the cooperative.[2] Breezy Point and the Rockaways are less urbanized than most of the rest of New York City.

Breezy Point Tip, to the west of the community, is part of Gateway National Recreation Area, which is run by the National Park Service. This isolated, 200-acre (0.81 km2) area includes an ocean-facing beach, a shoreline on Jamaica Bay, sand dunes, and marshland. It is a breeding spot for the piping plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and common tern.[3]

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Demographics

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community's ZIP code (11697) is 99.2% white and has the nation's 2nd highest concentration of Irish-Americans, at 60.3% as of the United States Census, 2000 (Squantum, in Quincy, Massachusetts, is #1, at 65%).[4] It functions mainly as a summer get-away for many residents of New York. Estimates put summer residency at 12,000, while year-round residency was 4337 in the most recent Census.[4]

Due to its history of Irish-American population, Breezy Point has been called the "Irish Riviera."[5] Others within the community refer to it as Cois Farraige, Irish for "By The Sea."

History

The community began as summer beach bungalows, in the "early 1900s," according to the New York Times.[5] Breezy Point was sold to the Atlantic Improvement State Corporation for $17 million in 1960. The residents of the community purchased half of the land for approximately $11 million and formed the Breezy Point Cooperative. Today, it consists of about 3,500 homes.[6]

Breezy Point is patrolled by its own private security force that restricts access to owners, renters and their guests. It also features three of New York City's ten remaining volunteer fire departments.[7]

On September 8, 2012, the community was struck by a tornado shortly before 11 a.m. that started as a waterspout over the Atlantic Ocean and came ashore at the Breezy Point Surf Club.[8]

Hurricane Sandy

On October 29, 2012, much of Breezy Point was destroyed by the events of Hurricane Sandy. It was subjected to extensive flooding,[9] and by 11 pm a six-alarm fire was reported at Oceanside Avenue. The neighborhood was quickly engulfed in spreading fires, causing much of the destruction.

Due to the high flood levels at the time, local volunteer firefighters were trapped in and the New York City Fire Department kept out of Breezy Point. Help could not reach the scene until the floods receded. On arrival, the FDNY faced several blocks of houses ablaze.[10][11] According to later reports, 111 homes were destroyed and an additional 20 damaged.[9]

Ecology

U.S. Geological Survey Image of Breezy Point and the surrounding area.

According the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, beaches on the Breezy Point peninsula are home to one of the most diverse breeding shorebird areas in the Metropolitan area. Shorebirds that breed here include:

The beaches are owned by the cooperative and are federally and state-protected areas in which development is extremely limited.

Education

Breezy Point residents are zoned for schools in the New York City Department of Education. P.S. 114 Belle Harbor serves grades Kindergarten through 8.

Shops

Breezy Point Shopping Center includes the Blarney Castle pub, Deirdre Maeve's grocery store, the Sandcastle work clothing store, a Ridgewood Savings Bank branch, a coffee shop, a hardware store, a liquor store, and an auto repair shop and independent gift shop. The main office of the Cooperative is also located here.

Elsewhere in the community are a beauty salon, a beach bar, two restaurants, a surf shop, a travel agency, and The Dug Out, a walk-up bar-style candy, snacks shop, and teenaged hangout, which operates during the summer.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Breezy Point include:

References

  1. ^ Queens Community Boards, New York City. Accessed September 3, 2007.
  2. ^ Sciolino, Elaine. "A COOPERATIVE ON THE BEACH LOVES PRIVACY", The New York Times, September 10, 1984. Accessed November 21, 2007.
  3. ^ Breezy Point Brooklyn Bird Club, Accessed November 24, 2008.
  4. ^ a b QT-P13. Ancestry: 2000 for 11697 5-Digit ZCTA, United States Census Bureau. Accessed October 2, 2007.
  5. ^ a b Herszenhorn, David M. "THE CENSUS -- A Region of Enclaves: Breezy Point, Queens; Bounded by Gates, Over a Toll Bridge", The New York Times, June 18, 2001. Accessed November 1, 2007. "The neighborhood, started in the early 1900's as a summer bungalow community and called the Irish Riviera..."
  6. ^ "Rockaway..."place of waters bright""
  7. ^ Hamill, Denis. "Brave firehouse heroes get my vote", New York Daily News, April 26, 2007. Accessed September 8, 2008.
  8. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/08/breezy-point-queens-tornado_n_1867236.html
  9. ^ a b http://www.seattlepi.com/news/us/article/At-least-80-flooded-houses-destroyed-by-NYC-fire-3991949.php#photo-3662958
  10. ^ http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/30/superstorm-sandys-wrath/?hpt=hp_t1
  11. ^ http://www.breakingnews.com/item/ahZzfmJyZWFraW5nbmV3cy13d3ctaHJkcg0LEgRTZWVkGLyPtQsM/2012/10/30/update-breezy-point-queens-blaze-upgraded-to-6-alarm-fire-at-least
  12. ^ McFadden, Robert D. (September 8, 1991). "Black Marchers in Protest at Hynes's Summer Home". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CE3D7163FF93BA3575AC0A967958260. "'Hynes, Hynes, have you heard? This is not Johannesburg!' the marchers shouted outside the prosecutor's two-story retreat on Jamaica Bay in Breezy Point, a cooperative community whose residents are mostly white."
  13. ^ Kovaleski, Serge F. "A Baseball Lover, Key to Tarnishing a Yankee Era", The New York Times, December 15, 2007. Accessed February 19, 2008. "Mr. McNamee was raised in the Breezy Point section of Queens, on the westward end of the Rockaway Peninsula, an area with many police officers, like his father."

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