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Belle Harbor is a beautiful and friendly neighborhood located midway along the Rockaway Peninsula. This community has a variety of housing options, although this is somewhat of a ritzy district to call home. Prominently located along the wide, beauty shoreline of the Rockaways, this neighborhood is mostly made up of lovely medium and large single-family homes--all boasting meticulously maintained front gardens. It's not easy finding a NY apartment in this territory, but rentals happen to become available time and again. Most of the Belle Harbor apartments you find will likely be out of some of the large duplexes in patches throughout the community. For some dreamers, living within four blocks of the beach would be like paradise. For others, it is--and those lucky few live in the section of the Peninsula between Beach 126th and Beach 142nd Streets. The Rockaways has much to offer, as it is the home to some of the city's most beautiful natural parkland. Both Jacob Riis Park and Fort Tilden sit only a few blocks from Belle Harbor, and are great spots to spend an entire day, with a short drive to wash the sand off the feet. Living out in the Rockaways also proves to be difficult if your commute takes you into Manhattan. This section of Queens sits at the end of the line of the Rockaway Park Shuttle, stationed in the Rockaway Park neighborhood just to the east. As is with many suburban neighborhoods in Eastern Queens, a car is somewhat of a necessity--especially if you choose to live in remote location like Belle Harbor. The commute to Manhattan is about a 50-minute trip around the Belt Parkway and the Gowanus Expressways. But sometimes living in a gorgeous, leafy neighborhood by the beach makes the drive worth while. Although there's not much shopping in the Rockaways, Belle Harbor has its own little strip of retail storefronts on Beach 129th Street. Other commercial centers include Rockaway Beach Blvd, which extends its share of sidewalks down to neighboring Rockaway Park, which sustains its own little areas for shopping. Although you won't be able to find too many Belle Harbor apartments available for rent, moving to a gorgeous, quiet suburban outlet is truly a relief from the bustle of the city.

Neponsit

Neponsit is one of the finest gems of the Rockaways, and Queens, no doubt. This beautiful residential neighborhood sits midway down the Rockaway Peninsula, and is one of the borough's most affluent communities. The beachside nature of Neponsit blends well with its large, well maintained homes. This high-end neighborhood is not the best place to find the typical small, NY apartment. Rather, most, if not all, available Neponsit apartments will be single-family home rentals. Nonetheless, this seaside community is an opportunity to make a distinction between work in the city, and home in a peaceful setting. It's serene location gives the community its name--Neponsit means "the place between waters" in the local Native American dialect. Situated just to the east of Jacob Riis Park, Neponsit is a rather small and quiet neighborhood. Residents of this leafy neighborhood will most likely opt to use their own beaches, accessible at the southern ends of each side street--from Beach 142nd to Beach 149th Streets. Just a short drive away are two other magnificent attractions on the Rockaway Peninsula worth visiting. Both Fort Tilden and Breezy Point Tip offer beautiful, natural landscapes on the shoreline. If your commute requires you to get to Manhattan, you'll probably prefer to take a car to work. Although the QM16 express bus provides access to Manhattan across the Cross Bay Bridge, the trip can take as long as an hour, and has a very limited timeframe when it comes to service. Two borders to the east, in Rockaway Park is the end of the line for the Rockaway Park Shuttle and Rockaway Branch of the A Train. This station is at Beach 116th, so a hop on the Q22 will eliminate a long walk in the winter months. Even so, the trip into Manhattan would take well over an hour (without delays or transfers). Although largely a residential community, Neponsit is lucky to have a cute downtown section on Beach 129th Street. This strip runs the gamut--from pizzerias to local seafood, from salons to florists. This part of town makes it easy to enjoy a relaxing dinner close to home. Neponsit is a wonderful neighborhood with charming streets and lovely homes. Beach access, along with an exclusive location, makes this neighborhood an attractive place for those who can afford it. Although you will rarely see Neponsit apartments available on the market, a home rental in this seaside sanctuary would satisfy any growing family.

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Schools

  • Beach Channel Hs
  • Nyc Voc Training Ctr
  • Offsite Educ Services-Bronx
  • Off-Site Educ Services-Brookly
  • Offsite Educ Services-Manhatta
  • Offsite Educ Services-Queens
  • Offsite Educ Services-Richmond
  • Offsite Educ Svcs
  • Ps 114 Belle Harbor School

Parks

  • Neponsit Mall
  • Patricia A. Brackley Park
  • Veterns Circle

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