Coordinates: 40°36′03″N 73°45′25″W / 40.600920°N 73.756971°W
A subway viaduct on a background of Far Rockaway residential buildings
The typical structure of NYC MTA elevated subway rail line in Far Rockaway
Far Rockaway is a neighborhood on the Rockaway Peninsula in the New York City borough of Queens in the United States. It is the easternmost section of the Rockaways. The neighborhood starts at the Nassau County line and extends west to Beach 32nd Street. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 14. The name "Rockaway" may have meant "place of sands" in the Munsee language of the Native American Lenape. Other spellings include Requarkie, Rechouwakie, Rechaweygh, Rechquaakie and Reckowacky (see: Toponymy of New Netherland).
Access to Manhattan is available via the IND Rockaway Line (A train) subway service, which has a terminal at Mott Avenue. This subway stretch is completely elevated throughout the Rockaway Peninsula.
The Far Rockaway station is the terminus for the Long Island Rail Road's Far Rockaway Branch, providing full service to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan and Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. The line is unique in that trains leave New York City and make local stops in Nassau County before crossing back into Queens and terminating at Far Rockaway. Passengers can "change at Jamaica" between the various destinations and other LIRR lines. During rush hour, express service bypasses Jamaica station.
Residents of Far Rockaway thus have two options for rail access to Manhattan, an uncommon situation that provides a backup for commuters in the event of service disruptions on any one system.
The LIRR Far Rockaway Branch had originally been part of a loop that travelled along the existing route, continuing through the Rockaway Peninsula and heading on a trestle across Jamaica Bay through Queens where it reconnected with other branches. Frequent fires and maintenance problems led the LIRR to abandon the Queens portion of the route, which was acquired by the city to become the IND Rockaway Line.
- Redfern Houses
- Beach 41st Street-Beach Channel Drive Houses
- Wavecrest Gardens Apartments
- Roy Reuther Houses
- Dix Mc Bride LLC
- Rachel Arms Apartments
- Gateway Apartments
- Sandcastle Oceanfront Living
The neighborhood, like all of New York City, is served by the New York City Department of Education. Far Rockaway residents are zoned to several different elementary schools:
Far Rockaway residents are zoned to I.S. 53 Brian Piccolo.
All New York City residents who wish to attend a public high school must apply to high schools. Far Rockaway High School was located in Far Rockaway, but was shut down in 2011. Beach Channel High School is near Far Rockaway.
Church of God Christian Academy is a K-12 co-ed school, located on Central Avenue.
Schools (past and present)
- Chaim Berlin High School
- Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway (HAFTR)
- Mesivta Chaim Shlomo
- Bnois Bais Yaacov
- Tichon Meir Moshe
- Sh'or Yoshuv Institute of Jewish Studies
- Siach Yitzchok Elementary School for Boys
- Torah Academy for Girls
- Yeshiva Darchei Torah
- Yeshiva of Far Rockaway
- The Hebrew Institute of Long Island
Synagogues (past and present)
- Agudath Israel of Long Island
- Agudath Israel of Rockaway
- Agudath Israel of West Lawrence
- Bayswater Jewish Center
- Beis Medrash Ateres Yisroel (Rabbi Avraham Blumenkranz)
- Bnos Israel Institute (Rabbi Shmelke Rubin)
- Congregation Kneseth Israel in Far Rockaway
- Congregation Shaarey Tefila
- Congregation Shaarey Zedek
- Congregation Shomrai Shabbos
- Young Israel of Far Rockaway
- Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater
- Richard Bey (born 1951), talk show host.
- Baruch Samuel Blumberg (born 1925), 1942 graduate of Far Rockaway High School; won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1976.
- Father MC - Rap hip-hop artist in the 1990s.
- Joyce Brothers (born 1925), family psychologist and advice columnist (1928-)
- Morton Feldman (1926–1987), American modernist composer.
- Richard Feynman (1918–1988), physicist and Nobel Prize winner.
- Carl Icahn (born 1936), businessman.
- Stubby Kaye (1918–1997, born Bernard Sholm Kotzin), comic actor.
- Alan M. Kriegsman (born 1928) Born in Brooklyn, but raised in Far Rockaway; graduated from Far Rockaway High School; won Pulitzer Prize in Criticism (1976), the first and thus far (2010) only such Prize awarded for writings on the art of dance.
- Nancy Lieberman (born 1958), women's basketball pioneer.
- Steve Madden (born 1958), shoe designer and former CEO of Steve Madden Ltd.
- Alice Nielsen (1872–1943), Broadway performer and operatic soprano 
- Phil Ochs (1940–1976), folk-protest singer (resided here for a period during childhood; also died at his sister's home here).
- Robyn Ochs (born 1958), bisexual and marriage equality activist
- Kelly Price (born 1973), R & B singer
- Rammellzee (1960–2010), rap pioneer.
- Burton Richter - 1948 graduate of Far Rockaway High School; won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1976.
- Russell Sage (1816–1906), railroad tycoon whose legacy is the First Presbyterian Church of Far Rockaway.
- MC Serch (born 1967 as Michael Berrin), former member of the hip hop group 3rd Bass.
- Raymond Smullyan (born 1919), mathematician.
- Steve Stevens (born 1959 as Steve Schneider) Grammy Award winning guitarist for UK rocker Billy Idol.
- Craig Strong (born 1968 as Craig Bistrong), actor, voice-over actor, realtor and CEO of VoiceStarz, Inc. (http://www.voicestarz.com)
- Herbert Sturhahn (born 1902), football player elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
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- ^ Also, see Metoac#Exonyms.
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- ^ "IN SEARCH OF THE Z PARTICLE", The New York Times, October 26, 1986. Accessed October 2, 2007. "BURTON RICHTER was born in Brooklyn 55 years ago, but grew up in Far Rockaway, Queens."
- ^ Jackson, Brian Keith. "Ice, Ice Babies: Reality-TV show tries to create the next Eminem.", New York (magazine), December 31, 2006. Accessed November 23, 2007. "I grew up in Far Rockaway, and you’d always see shoes on the line."
- ^ Raymond M Smullyan, University of St Andrews School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences. Accessed June 11, 2007. "Raymond Smullyan, known as Ray, was brought up in Far Rockaway in New York City."
- ^ Herbert "Cobbles" Sturhahn, College Football Hall of Fame. Accessed August 13, 2007.