Breezy Point is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, located on the westward end of the Rockaway Peninsula, between Rockaway Inlet / Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 14. 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 community; residents own their homes and hold shares in the cooperative.
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, two-hundred-acre area includes ocean-front beach, bay shoreline, sand dunes and marshland. It is a breeding spot for piping plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and common tern.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the community's ZIP code (11697) has the nation's highest concentration of Irish-Americans, at 60.3% as of the United States Census, 2000. 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.
Due to its large concentration of Irish-Americans, Breezy Point has been called the "Irish Riviera."
Others within the community often refer to it as being "Cois Farraige", Gaelic for "By The Sea."
Breezy Point was sold to the Atlantic Improvement State Corporation for $17 million dollars in 1960. The residents of the community purchased half of the land for approximately $12 million and formed the Breezy Point Cooperative. Today, it consists of about 2,800 homes.
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.
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.
Breezy Point residents are zoned for schools in the New York City Department of Education.
Breezy Point has one small shopping center, located on the north side of Rockaway Point Boulevard. It has a grocery store, hardware store, gift shop, liquor store, tavern, pharmacy, coffee shop, and a bank. Breezy also has a surf shop, travel agent, two year-round restaurants, and a summer-only bar and grill.
Notable current and former residents of Breezy Point include:
- Charles J. Hynes. Kings County District Attorney.
- Brian McNamee, former strength and conditioning coach for the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays.
Breezy Point Catholic Club Pipes and Drums Band - www.breezypointpipesanddrums.org
- ↑ Queens Community Boards, New York City. Accessed September 3, 2007.
- ↑ Sciolino, Elaine. "A COOPERATIVE ON THE BEACH LOVES PRIVACY", The New York Times, September 10, 1984. Accessed November 21, 2007.
- ↑ Breezy Point Brooklyn Bird Club, Accessed November 24, 2008.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 QT-P13. Ancestry: 2000 for 11697 5-Digit ZCTA, United States Census Bureau. Accessed October 2, 2007.
- ↑ 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..."
- ↑ Hamill, Denis. "Brave firehouse heroes get my vote", New York Daily News, April 26, 2007. Accessed September 8, 2008.
- ↑ McFadden, Robert D. "Black Marchers in Protest At Hynes's Summer Home", The New York Times, September 8, 1991. Accessed August 27, 2008. "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."
- ↑ 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."