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Encyclopedia > Arverne, Queens

Arverne is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, on the Rockaway Peninsula. It was initially developed by Remington Vernam, whose signature "R. Vernam" inspired the name of the neighborhood. Arverne extends from approximately Beach 59th Street to Beach 74th Street, along its main thoroughfare Beach Channel Drive, alternatively known as Rev. Joseph H. May Drive. Nickname: Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1625 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area  - City  468. ... The Five Boroughs of New York City: 1: Manhattan 2: Brooklyn 3: Queens 4: Bronx 5: Staten Island In New York City, a borough is a unique form of government used to administer the five constituent counties that make up the city; it differs significantly from other borough forms of... Queens is one of the five boroughs of New York City, USA. Geographically the largest borough in the city, Queens is home to many immigrants and the two major airports. ... A Rockaway Peninsula street scene. ... For the fighter pilot, see Remington Vernam (World War I flying ace). ... Beach Channel Drive is the main thoroughfare in the Rockaway Peninsula in the New York City borough of Queens. ...

Vernam's original plan was to name the neighborhood Arverne-by-the-Sea, and one grandiose plan, influenced by his wife, Florence, included a canal running through the neighborhood, reminiscent of the Amstel canal in Amsterdam, Holland. When this plan fell through, the canal right-of-way was converted into a thoroughfare, Amstel Boulevard, which, except for a stub west of Beach 71st Street, was later incorporated into Beach Channel Drive. The Amstel is a river in the Netherlands which runs through the city of Amsterdam. ... Amsterdam Location Flag Country Netherlands Province North Holland Population 742,951(1 January 2005) Coordinates Website www. ...

While Arverne became well-known as a beachfront community with inexpensive summer bungalows, and hotels of varying levels of expense and luxury as well as amusements and boardwalk concessions, it also attracted a year-round residential community. On January 3, 1914, a violent storm devastated the neighborhood as well as other neighborhoods on the peninsula, and completely swept the Arverne Pier Theater, which was capable of seating 1200 people, away to sea. [1] On June 15, 1922, a large part of Arverne was leveled by a disastrous fire which left about 3,000 people homeless, although the neighborhood was quick to rebuild. Photograph of the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, USA, taken August 2003. ... January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... June 15 is the 166th day of the year (167th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ...

During the 1950's and 1960's, the advent of commercial jet air travel encouraged people to travel to distant destinations during the summer, rather than to utilize local beaches and resorts. As a result, many of Arverne's summer bungalows became vacant. The de Havilland Comet 1 G-ALYP A jet airliner is any airliner powered by jet engines. ...

New York city's abortive urban renewal projects of the 1960's leveled to the ground most of the summer resorts and some of the residences, many of which had been abandoned. The process eventually transformed most of Arverne, from Rockaway Beach Boulevard southward to the beachfront, into an extensive natural area and wildlife/wildflower habitat. However, a new residential development, known by a return to Vernam's Arverne-by-the-Sea designation, has recently revied this run down, down trotten, abandoned and lower class area to once again thrive as a better community and a place for the working class to raise families. 1999 photograph looking northeast on Chicagos now demolished Cabrini-Green housing project, one of many urban renewal efforts. ...




New York City Department of Education operates Arverne's public schools. The New York City Department of Education is a department of the city of New York which runs almost all of the citys public schools. ...


Queens Borough Public Library operates the Arverne Branch. The Queens Borough Public Library, or QBPL is the public library for the Borough of Queens and one of three library systems serving New York City. ...


  1. ^ The Wave of Long Island, January 10, 1914, p. 1

The Wave of Long Island is the longest-lived and most widely circulated newspaper in the Rockaway Peninsula, New York City Borough of Queens. ...

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