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Rockaway Beach, Queens

Rockaway Beach, Queens

Photo: Elizabeth Weinberg

The Rockaways, a narrow peninsula running between Jamaica Bay and the ocean, is where residents of the hot concrete of upper Manhattan went to summer in coastal bungalows under wide-open skies. In Rockaway Beach, the mashup of old Irish men, kids from housing developments, Brooklyn brownstoners and bona fide West Coast surfers vying for space on the sand is deliriously disorienting. The soundtrack has to be the Ramones’ “Rockaway Beach” (Dee Dee was a regular).

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