A beach town in NYC? That's Breezy Point. The population of this Irish-American enclave triples during the summer months. Single-family homes and bungalows predominate in a community that has much in common with beach towns in Nassau County. Although Hurricane Sandy devastated a large swath of the community in 2012, residents have committed to rebuilding and today many of the narrow lanes that were laid waste are more vibrant than ever.
Breezy Point is all about location, location. It makes the community what it is - a beach town tucked away in a way-off corner of New York City. Breezy Point lies at the western end of the Rockaway Peninsula, near the best beaches in Queens. Like all good beaches, there is a surf shop—the Breezy Point Surf Shop—that offers everything from flip-flops and t-shirts to wetsuits and boards, and waterfront dining at Kennedy’s.
To the north of Breezy Point is the Rockaway Inlet, which leads to Jamaica Bay. Farther north is Brooklyn's Manhattan Beach and Gerritsen Beach. To the south is the Atlantic Ocean. To the east is Fort Tilden and Jacob Riis Park, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, and the Rockaway neighborhoods of Roxbury, Belle Harbor, and Neponsit.
First-time visitors marvel at the houses, former summer-only cottages, that stand elbow-to-elbow on the sandy path, accessible only foot and bicycle. They also marvel at the vistas of downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn that are easily seen on clear days. The Breezy Point 9/11 Memorial honors the 29 Breezy Point community members who perished on 9/11.
The Breezy Point Co-op
Breezy is a private community. The Breezy Point Cooperative runs the community, and all residents pay for maintenance, security, and other costs. Residents own their homes and shares in the co-op, but the co-op owns the whole 500-acre neighborhood. Also part of the co-op are the communities of Roxbury and Rockaway Point.
The co-op employs a private security force and restricts access to owners, residents, and guests. Parking is severely restricted and you risk getting towed without the proper permit. There are three volunteer fire departments in Breezy.
Drivers can connect to the Belt Parkway by crossing the Marine Parkway Bridge. The closest subway is the terminus of the A subway at Beach 116 Street in Rockaway Park. During the summer months, a ferry boat runs from Manhattan to nearby Jacob Riis Park Beach.
- Queens Library at Seaside, 116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway Park, NY 11694
- Parking is only allowed to co-op members. Not a member? Good luck! There is very limited parking for Breezy Point Tip Park on Beach 222nd Street.
- Post Office - 11325 Beach Channel Dr, Rockaway Park, NY 11694
- Police Station - 100th Precinct, 92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Queens, NY, 718-318-4200
- Schools - P.S. 114 in Belle Harbor
- Zip Code - 11697
Things to Do
- Spend the day at The Breezy Point Surf Club. Founded in 1937 this resort by the sea offers seasonal accommodations that range from humble bath cabins to luxurious cabanas. What most folks don’t know is that it also offers day passes. In addition to the lovely beach, there is a restaurant on site and a pool with water slides. 1 Beach 227th St., Breezy Point, NY 11697
- Visit the Breezy Point Surf Shop Whether you’re an experienced surfer or just looking to score some Breezy gear this is your spot. 61 Point Breeze Ave., Breezy Point, NY 11697 (Enter Beach 210th Street Gate)
- Waterfront Dining at Kennedy’s Opened in 1910 as Kennedy’s Casino this waterfront restaurant lies just steps from Jamaica Bay and offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline along with fresh seafood, dry-aged steaks, and chops. 406 Bayside, Rockaway Point, New York 11697
- Whale and Dolphin Watching. View these majestic mammals in their habitat aboard a cruise on the American Princess, which leaves from Breezy Point.