Arverne, Long Island
Arverne is a neighborhood located in the borough of Queens, on the Rockaway Peninsula, Long Island, New York. It is part of Queens Community Board 14. The neighborhood is bordered by Beach 32nd St., Beach 84th St., Rockaway Freeway and the Rockaway Boardwalk. The budding township of Arverne was also surrounded by vast tracts of vacant land.
Arverne is known as a beachfront community with inexpensive summer bungalows, and hotels of varying levels of expense and luxury as well as amusements and boardwalk concessions, it also attracted a year-round residential community. The latitude of Arvene is 40.591N. The longitude is -73.796W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 7 feet.
In 1880, it was named after developer, Remington Vernam whose signature “R. Vernam” inspired the name of the neighborhood. The place was originally named Arverne-by-the-Sea, and one ostentatious plan, influenced by his wife, Florence, included a canal running through the neighborhood, reminiscent of the Amstel canal in Amsterdam, Holland. When this plan fell through, the canal right-of-way was transformed into a thoroughfare, Amstel Boulevard, which, except for a stub west of Beach 71st Street, was later incorporated into Beach Channel Drive. The neighborhood was prospered as a resort in the late 1800s. Then, it was declined in the 1950s and suffered destruction in the name of urban renewal in the following decade. The process eventually transformed most of Arverne, from Rockaway Beach Boulevard southward to the beachfront, into vacant land used as a dumping ground.
The Arverne’s public schools are operated by New York City Department of Education. These schools form the largest school system in the United States with over 1.1 million students are taught in more than 1,400 separate schools. Four years after Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced the designation of developers for the construction of Arverne-by-the-Sea, construction is proceeding ahead. Coming after nearly 40 years of failed public and private redevelopment efforts, the opening of Arverne-by-the-Sea has proceeded at a remarkable pace. The Beechwood Organization was given a tasks to make plans work and to make Arverne come alive. There has indeed been some progress. Many buildings have been completed and are ready for habitation. Realty values are on the way up and there is renewed hope. Private developers have built new housing here in recent years. A School, shopping and all the other trappings of modern urban convenience and productivity would also transform the neighborhood in to an idyllic resort of the best international standards.