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Encyclopedia > Howard Beach, New York

Howard Beach is a neighborhood in southwestern Queens, New York. Bordered in the north by the Belt Parkway, the south by Jamaica Bay, the east by John F. Kennedy International Airport and the west by Brooklyn. It also borders the neighborhoods of Ozone Park to the north and Broad Channel to the south. Howard Beach is home to a large Italian-American population, as well as smaller Jewish, Irish and Polish communities. Mob boss John Gotti also had a home there and the neighborhood gained local attention for being home to many members of the Mafia; Gotti hosted a large fireworks display on 101st Avenue in Ozone Park, near the Bergen Fish & Hunt Club each year on July 4, until New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani put an end to the practice. Queens Borough in New York City, in yellow Queens is the largest of the five boroughs of New York City in area. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... The Belt Parkway, or Belt System or Circumferential Parkway is a series of New York City limited-access highways that form a complete circle around the Boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. ... Jamaica Bay is a bay that lies in the shadow of New York Citys skyscrapers and is adjacent to one of the nations busiest airports. ... John F. Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK, ICAO: KJFK) is an international airport located in Jamaica, Queens, in the south-eastern portion of New York City. ... A map of New York City, highlighting Brooklyn. ... Broad Channel is a community / neighborhood in the borough of Queens in New York City. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Jews (Hebrew: יהודים translit. ... John Gotti (1940-2002) John Gotti (October 27, 1940 – June 10, 2002) (also known as The Dapper Don and The Teflon Don) was the boss of the Gambino crime family, one of the most feared of New Yorks mafia families. ... The Mafia, also referred to in Italian as La Cosa Nostra (lit. ... The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House illuminated under New Years Eve Fireworks 2005 A fireworks event (also called a fireworks display or fireworks show) is a spectacular display of the effects produced by firework devices on various occasions. ... July 4 is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 180 days remaining. ... Nickname: The Big Apple Motto: Official website: City of New York Location Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... A mayor (from the Latin maÄ«or, meaning larger,greater) is the politician who serves as chief executive official of some types of municipalities. ... Rudolph William Louis Rudy Giuliani III, KBE (born May 28, 1944) served as the Mayor of New York City from January 1, 1994 through December 31, 2001. ...


In the mid 1950s the northernmost section of Howard Beach was comprised of a small wooded area (Cherry Forest) and a dairy farm (Mary's Farm), approximately 25% of the remaining area has houses on it.

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Geography

The Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge (named for a former [deceased] member of the United States House of Representatives who once represented the district that includes Howard Beach) connects mainland Queens to Broad Channel and then over the South Channel Bridge to the Rockaway Peninsula (The Rockaways) from Howard Beach. Joseph Addabbo Jr., the son of the former Congressman, represents the area as its New York City Councilman. Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) represents that part of Howard Beach East of Cross Bay Boulevard, while Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) represents the part west of The Boulevard. The chamber of the United States House of Representatives is located in the south wing of the Capitol building, in Washington, D.C.. The Media:United States House of Representatives is one of the two houses of the Congress of the United States. ... The Rockaway Penninsula, also known as The Rockaways, is the name of a peninsula of Long Island, most of which is located within the borough of Queens in New York City; the peninsulas easternmost section forms the town of East Rockaway, in suburban Nassau County. ... Gregory W. Meeks Gregory Weldon Meeks (born September 25, 1953), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1998, representing the Sixth Congressional District of New York. ... Cross Bay Boulevard is the main north-south road in Howard Beach, a neighborhood in Queens, New York City. ... Anthony D. Weiner (b. ... The Boulevard is another name for Cross Bay Boulevard in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens, New York City. ...


What "outsiders" refer to as Howard Beach is to those who live there a collection of several diverse neighborhoods — Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach (No relation to the Hamilton Beach Company kitchen appliances), Ramblersville, Rockwood Park, Lindenwood, Old Howard Beach, and Howard Park. Howard Beach proper is a small peninsula bordered by the Belt Parkway and Conduit Avenue on the north, Jamaica Bay on the south, Hawtree Creek on the east separating it from Hamilton Beach and Shellbank Basin on the west that separates it from Cross Bay (Woodhaven) Blvd. One of the oldest sections of Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach is a neighborhood in Queens, New York City bordered by the 102 Street Creek on the North, The A-Train JFK Airport on the East, Hawtree Creek on the west and Jamaica Bay on the South. ... The Hamilton Beach Company is a manufacturer of home appliances, air purifiers, and commercial restaurant equipment marketed primarily in the United States and Mexico, including blenders toasters mixers coffeemakers irons humidifers In 1990, the company merged with Proctor Silex, another household appliance manufacturer. ... Ramblersville is a section of Howard Beach, Queens, New York bordered by 160th Avenue on the North, Hawtree Creek on the West, The A-Train on the East and the 102nd street Creek on the South. ... Rockwood Park is a neighborhood in Howard Beach, Queens, New York on the west side of Cross Bay Boulevard. ... The section of Howard Beach, Queens, New York that is primarily made up of six-story, red-brick apartment buildings and smaller garden-apartments (4-unit red-brick buildings) and two family homes. ... The section of Howard Beach between Shellbank Basin and Hawtree Creek. ... This neighborhood is in Howard Beach, Queens, New York City. ... The Belt Parkway, or Belt System or Circumferential Parkway is a series of New York City limited-access highways that form a complete circle around the Boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. ... Jamaica Bay is a bay that lies in the shadow of New York Citys skyscrapers and is adjacent to one of the nations busiest airports. ... Hawtree Creek is a small salt water creek on Jamaica Bay in Howard Beach, Queens, New York. ... Shellbank Basin runs south from 157th Avenue on the east side of Cross Bay Boulevard, in Howard Beach, Queens, New York to Jamaica Bay, 165th Avenue and the Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge. ...


Just Northeast of Howard Beach is Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park. Aqueduct Racetrack, known as the Big A, is a horse racetrack in the neighborhood of Ozone Park in Queens, New York. ...


Transportation

The A Train Subway stop in Howard Beach was once a Long Island Rail Road station on the Long Island Railroad's Rockaway Beach Branch. Frequent fires on the trestle (bridge) to Broadchannel helped to force the LIRR to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the 1950s which allowed the city to purchase the line from the LIRR in 1956. (see Forgotten-ny.com). The Long Island Rail Road or LIRR is a railroad that serves the length of Long Island, New York. ...


The Howard Beach subway station provides a connection to both the A train and AirTrain JFK (and was the terminus of the former JFK Express, known colloquially as the "Train To The Plane," in the late 1970s into the early 1990s). Prior to the AirTrain JFK, the Port Authority PANYNJ provided a free shuttle bus to the terminals at JFK Airport. The Airtrain, provides a quicker and more convenient connection at the price of $5.00 for each entry or exit at Howard Beach or Jamaica, a unlimited monthly pass is available for $40.00. Visitors on extended delays or layovers at JFK Airport have lately been paying the $10.00 fee ($5.00 each way) to visit the small shops and pub at Coleman Square. Airtrain at JFK. Note aluminum strip between rails. ... Airtrain at JFK. Note aluminum strip between rails. ... The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is a bi-state agency (operated pursuant to an interstate compact) that runs most of the regional transportation infrastructure including the bridges, tunnels, airports and seaports within the New York-New Jersey Port District. ... John F. Kennedy International Airport (IATA Airport Code: JFK, ICAO Airport Code: KJFK) is the main international airport in New York City, and is one of the largest airports in the world. ... John F. Kennedy International Airport (IATA Airport Code: JFK, ICAO Airport Code: KJFK) is the main international airport in New York City, and is one of the largest airports in the world. ... Coleman Square is the small plaza at the Howard Beach-JFK Airport station on the A Train & AirTrain JFK station in Howard Beach. ...


Maps

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Schools

There is no Howard Beach High School, most residents attend John Adams High School in nearby Ozone Park, Specialty High Schools, or Catholic High Schools. PS 146 is the Public Grammar School (grades K-6) located in the Old Howard Beach section of the neighborhood. ... Our Lady of Grace is the original Roman Catholic Parish serving Howard Beach. ... Helena on a coin. ... John Adams High School (often referred to locally simply as Adams) is a public secondary school in Queenss Ozone Park community in New York City. ...


Religion

Our Lady of Grace is the original Roman Catholic Parish serving Howard Beach. ... Helena on a coin. ... Barnabas was an early Christian mentioned in the New Testament. ...

Notable residents (past and present)

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The Howard Beach Incident

Howard Beach gained some unwanted attention on December 20, 1986 when three African-American men were assaulted by local teenagers. One of the victims was killed when a passing motorist's car ran over him on the Belt Parkway as he was trying to flee from the pursuers. The incident triggered a wave of racial tension in New York City and gained national attention. December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black), is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Nickname: The Big Apple Motto: Official website: City of New York Location Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ...


Howard Beach redux

A similar incident took place on June 29, 2005, when three African-American men were attacked with baseball bats; one of the victims was injured seriously enough to be hospitalized, and two arrests were made in the case. One of the suspects was previously convicted of assaulting a Sikh he had mistaken for a Muslim on the evening of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Several questions remain unanswered pending police investigation, including the allegation that the victims were planning to steal a car in the neighborhood as well as the claim that they threatened to steal jewelry from a neighborhood teenager prior to the attack. June 29 is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 185 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Sikh man wearing a turban A Sikh is a follower of Sikhism, a religious faith originating in the Punjab. ... A Muslim (Arabic: مسلم) (sometimes also spelled Moslem) is an adherent of Islam. ... The attack on the South Tower, which was seen on live television by many people across the world. ...


Demographics

The 2000 Census reports a population of 28,121.

  • White alone - 26,313 93.6%
  • Non White - 1,808 6.4%
  • Black 336 1.2%

(full details at Census Data Race)


Additionally, 28,098 respondents provided ancestry information Broken down as follows:

  • Italian 13,385 47.6%
  • Irish 3,350 11.9%
  • German 2,218 7.9%
  • Polish 1,106 3.9%
  • Russian 800 2.8%
  • English 591 2.1%
  • Greek 352 1.3%
  • Romanian 183 0.7%
  • Austrian 161 0.6%
  • French 143 0.5%
  • Swedish 117 0.4%
  • Scottish 117 0.4%
  • Lithuanian 113 0.4%
  • African 113 0.4%

(counts below 100 omitted but available at: Census Data Ancestry)


 
 

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