Arverne-by-the-Sea represents the largest urban renewal project in the U.S., comprising 120 acres that has been transformed by a design that innovatively brings together transit-oriented development and beachfront property in this once-sleepy area of the Rockaway Peninsula. The new and growing community features a network of attractive public spaces and amenities including a charter school, neighborhood supermarket, and a mixed-use thoroughfare and transit plaza named Ocean Way.
This inviting plaza orients each of the area neighborhoods, which total 2,300 residential units, around the previously under-utilized subway station. As the main arrival and departure point for residents, commuters and beachgoers, Ocean Way represents the keystone to this radical and successful makeover. The plaza offers pedestrian links to residential communities both new and old, and is just steps away from the newly revamped Rockaway Beach Boulevard and boardwalk. Neighborhood retail not only provides a needed amenity for those who call the Rockaways home, but also a central hub for those visiting the revitalized beachfront community.
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