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Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways

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Horseshoe Crabs in New York City Parks - Rockaway Beach

Every May and June, horseshoe crabs emerge from the Atlantic Ocean onto Rockaway Beach. Female horseshoe crabs arrive on the beach to lay their eggs, with their male… Read More

Jamaica Bay Park - Horseshoe Crabs in New York City

Every May and June, horseshoe crabs emerge from the sea onto the beaches at Jamaica Bay Park. Female horseshoe crabs arrive on the beaches to lay their eggs, with their… Read More

Joseph F. DiNapoli Playground

Joseph F. DiNapoli (1935-1989) was a longtime parks worker and active member of the Canarsie community. The Brooklyn native grew up in East New York and lived with his… Read More

Leif Ericson Drive

Leif Ericson (c.960-c.1020), for whom this stretch of the Belt Parkway (from Fort Hamilton Parkway to Knapp Street) is named, was probably the first European to set foot… Read More

Lenape Playground

This beautiful playground honors the Lenape, who were the original inhabitants of New York City and the surrounding territory. For thousands of years before the arrival… Read More

Marine Park - Horseshoe Crabs in New York City Parks

Every May and June, horseshoe crabs emerge from Gerritsen Creek and Marine Park Creek onto the beaches at Marine Park. Female horseshoe crabs arrive on the beaches to lay… Read More

Marine Park - Invasive Phragmites

Marine Park surrounds the westernmost inlet of Jamaica Bay. The bay is one of several formed during the last 5000 years as ocean currents deposited sand in a series of… Read More

Marine Park - Ospreys in New York City

This section of Marine Park bordering Jamaica Bay provides prime habitat for one of nature’s most skillful hunters, the osprey. The osprey ( Pandion haliaetus )… Read More

Marine Park - Salt Marshes in New York City Parks

Salt marshes play a critical role in the support of human life, acting as natural filtration systems by trapping pollutants that would otherwise contaminate our bays and… Read More

Paerdegat Basin Park - Invasive Phragmites

As one of the 20 most invasive plants in New York State, phragmites ( Phragmites australis ), also known as the common reed or “phrag,” have become a… Read More

Directions to Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways

Know Before You Go

There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

PlaygroundsSeba Playground

Seba Playground will be closed to reconstruct the current Seba Tot Lot into a playground for children of all ages. The new design will enlarge the toddler area by adding a custom spray shower, seating, and two new tot play units. Additional play spaces will also be added for 5 to 12 year olds, and will include a large accessible play unit, a second spray shower and seating area. These two play areas will be joined by 15 additional swings for both age groups. The site will also feature an accessible drinking fountain, attractive plantings, and a bicycle rack.

BeachesRockaway Beach and Boardwalk

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has resumed pumping sand onto Rockaway Beach in efforts to repair and restore the beach. Access to the beach area from Beach 61st Street to Beach 19th Street may be limited while the pumping operation continues. The Corps expects sand placement work to be completed by the end of October, weather permitting. Swimming is not permitted at Rockaway Beach, or any NYC beach, after Labor Day. Please visit the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ website for more information.

Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways Weather

  • Sat
    Sunny
    70°F
  • Wed
    Mostly Sunny
    72°F
  • Thu
    Chance Rain
    69°F
  • Fri
    Mostly Sunny
    77°F

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