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Aerial view of Neponsit near Jacob Riis Park

Neponsit is an upscale neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. It is an affluent community that is located on the western half of the Rockaway Peninsula, the southernmost area of the borough. The area is small starting from 142nd Street and ending at 149th Street[1]. It borders the neighborhood of Belle Harbor to the east and Jacob Riis Park on the west. Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean fulfill the northern and southern borders, respectively. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 14.[2] As of January 1, 2007, the neighborhood's population has reached just over 2,000 making it one of the smallest communities on the peninsula.[3][4]

Neponsit is unique in that its land usage is zoned as R-1 Zone, a rarity in New York City. This category of zoning prohibits any commercial structures and only allows single family homes to be built. Due to this, and its secluded beach location within the boundaries of New York City, homes in the area can be mansion-like, and the average market price for Neponsit properties has exceeded $1.1 million since 2006.[5]



Neponsit is a Native American name, signifying "The Place Between Waters" -- the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and of Jamaica Bay or Rockaway Inlet.[6]

The community still has the same character from when it was first established. In January 1910, the Neponsit Realty Company purchased the land for the development of an exclusive community. It forbade the construction of any homes that were less than three-thousand dollars, and the homes were built in order to withstand the beach weather and geography of the narrow peninsula. The entrance to the area was originally marked by a massive ornamental gateway; more recently, a stretch of tree-dotted islands (the 'malls') along Rockaway Boulevard was a distinguishing feature (which is extended throughout Belle Harbor). By the 1930s, high quality homes were predominant in Neponsit and have remained so ever since.

Neponsit is also home to where the first transatlantic flight had departed. On May 8, 1919, four United States Navy Navy-Curtis model seaplanes had taken off from what is now Beach Channel Drive in Neponsit to Newfoundland, Canada, the Azores Islands, and Lisbon, Portugal. Finally on May 31, 1919, only one plane, piloted by Lt. Commander Albert C. Read, arrived in Plymouth, England.[7]

Pop culture

  • The television show, Rescue Me (FX Network) has regularly filmed in Neponsit using residences to portray the fictional homes of some of the characters.[8]

See also


  1. ^ Neponsit Home Page,The Wave, Rockaway's Local Newspaper, accessed June 10, 2007
  2. ^ Queens Community Boards, New York City. Accessed September 3, 2007.
  3. ^ LIPA Rockaway Peninsula Population Totals The Wave, accessed October 18, 2008
  4. ^ Rockaway Population Popping At Record PaceThe Wave, accessed October 18, 2008
  5. ^ Neponsit Property Owners Association.
  6. ^ Old Rockaway, New York, in Early Photographs By William Asadorian, Vincent Seyfried, p. 93
  7. ^ New York City Parks and Recreation Department
  8. ^ ‘Rescue Me’ Highlights Rockaway In Premier Episode,The Wave, Rockaway's Local Newspaper, accessed October 17, 2008



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