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East Rockaway, New York

Coordinates: 40°38′37″N 73°40′1″W / 40.64361°N 73.66694°W / 40.64361; -73.66694
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East Rockaway, New York
Incorporated Village of East Rockaway
East Rockaway Village Hall on April 25, 2009.
East Rockaway Village Hall on April 25, 2009.
Official seal of East Rockaway, New York
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
East Rockaway, New York is located in New York
East Rockaway, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°38′37″N 73°40′1″W / 40.64361°N 73.66694°W / 40.64361; -73.66694
Country United States
State New York
County Nassau County, New York
 • MayorGordon J. Fox [1]
 • Total1.03 sq mi (2.67 km2)
 • Land1.02 sq mi (2.64 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total10,159
 • Density9,979.37/sq mi (3,852.97/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code516
FIPS code36-22876
GNIS feature ID0949233

East Rockaway is a village in Nassau County, on the South Shore of Long Island, in New York, United States. The population was 9,818 at the 2010 census.[3]

The Incorporated Village of East Rockaway is at the edge of Rockaway Peninsula Proper in the town of Hempstead, adjacent to Hewlett Harbor, Hewlett, Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, and Oceanside. It is the final neighborhood before the beginning of Five Towns, although some have come to include wealthier sections of East Rockaway as a part of Five Towns. East Rockaway is an inner suburb, only 24 km (15 mi) from downtown Manhattan. The primary ethnicities are Italian and Irish. The Waverly Park neighborhood, near the Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Center [1] and along the border with Hewlett, has a sizable Jewish community.



Originally named Near Rockaway, the village began as a shipping and trading center for the South Shore of Long Island. The village's location was desirable for ships because of its deep channels inland. Eventually a grist mill was built on the Mill River by Joseph Haviland through a land grant in 1688. The Haviland-Davison Grist Mill, located in Memorial Park, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.[4] Later, an oven was purchased to make bread for the surrounding population. The village prospered in shipping and milling over the years, even after several sales of the land.[5]

The village's name was changed in 1869 to East Rockaway.[6]

The village was incorporated in 1900, and Floyd Johnson was president.[6]

At the time of incorporation the village had a population of 969.[7]


U.S. Census map of East Rockaway.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.03 square miles (2.7 km2), of which 1.02 square miles (2.6 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.026 km2) is water.[8]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 10,414 people, 3,926 households, and 2,787 families residing in the village. The population density was 10,187.6 inhabitants per square mile (3,933.5/km2). There were 4,003 housing units at an average density of 3,916.0 per square mile (1,512.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.64% White, 0.61% African American, 0.03% Native American, 1.71% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.09% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.79% of the population.

There were 3,926 households, out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 23.7% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $59,911, and the median income for a family was $78,363. Males had a median income of $50,365 versus $36,387 for females. The per capita income for the village was $30,601. About 2.4% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or older.


The docks in East Rockaway, renovated in 2005.

As of June 2022, there are two school districts serving East Rockaway: the East Rockaway School District and the Lynbrook Union Free School District:[11][12][13]

There are three schools within the East Rockaway School District:

Each grade of the high school consists of roughly 100 students.[14] The nickname of the athletic teams is "The Rocks." All high school varsity, jr. varsity and freshman team colors are a distinctive Orange and Black. East Rockaway High School fields competitive teams in football, cross country, volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball, and track. Along with these teams East Rockaway also combines with schools in the Malverne school district to form teams. These include soccer, lacrosse and tennis. School musicals and the inter-class competition known as "Rock Rivalry" are widely popular throughout the community.

Located in East Rockaway on Atlantic Avenue is St. Raymonds Catholic school, consisting of Pre-k through 8th grade. See Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre

The Waverly Park and Northwestern neighborhoods of East Rockaway (the border approximately running down Rocklyn, Carman, and Grant Avenues) are part of Lynbrook School District 20 in the Lynbrook Union Free School District,[15] and are serviced by four main schools:

Parks and recreation

  • John Street Complex — This recreational complex has one baseball diamond, two basketball courts, and a concession stand. Flag Football, Baseball, and Basketball are played at this complex.[16][17]



East Rockaway contains two Long Island Rail Road stations, both of which serve the Long Beach Branch.[11] The main station between Ocean Avenue and Atlantic Avenue, and the Centre Avenue station northwest of there. Until 1951, there was also a third station at Atlantic Avenue.[11]

Emergency services


The village is primarily covered by the 4th Precinct of the Nassau County Police Department.[11]

Fire and ambulance services are provided by the all volunteer East Rockaway Fire Department.[11]

Notable people



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  2. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  3. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), East Rockaway village, New York". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  5. ^ Long Island History: East Rockaway Archived March 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine at Newsday.com, 2006.
  6. ^ a b Winsche, Richard (October 1, 1999). The History of Nassau County Community Place-Names. Interlaken, New York: Empire State Books. ISBN 978-1557871541.
  7. ^ EAST ROCKAWAY & LOCAL HISTORY Archived July 12, 2006, at the Wayback Machine by Jenkins, James. Nassau Daily Star - Thursday, August 10, 1933. Additional section written by Mr. M. Douglas Sackman in 1950. Hosted at nassaulibrary.org.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ a b c d e "Long Island Index: Interactive Map". www.longislandindexmaps.org. Retrieved June 3, 2022.
  12. ^ East Rockaway Public Schools
  13. ^ LUFSD
  14. ^ East Rockaway School District at LongIslandSchools.com
  15. ^ School District Maps Department of Education
  16. ^ "Village of East Rockaway -- Recreation". Archived from the original on March 3, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2009.
  17. ^ "Yahoo! Maps, Driving Directions, and Traffic". Archived from the original on March 13, 2009. Retrieved March 11, 2009.
  18. ^ Bottan, Anthony (April 21, 2010). "Putting on the pinstripes". Herald Community Newspapers. Retrieved April 3, 2024.
  19. ^ Gross, Ed (June 16, 2020). "Here's What Happened to 'Family Affair' Star Brian Keith". Closer Weekly. Retrieved April 3, 2024.
  20. ^ Baxter, Brian (February 8, 2024). "Don Murray obituary". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved April 3, 2024.