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Belle Harbor
Belle Harbor is a neighborhood in southern portion of the New York City borough of Queens located along Rockaway Beach. Although there are no formal boundaries for the area, Belle Harbor is often used to refer to the area between Beach 125th and Beach 142nd Streets.

Belle Harbor was developed in 1907 by Frederick J. Lancaster, who had earlier developed the Edgemere neighborhood.

On November 12, 2001, American Airlines Flight 587, bound for Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, crashed in the center of Belle Harbor, killing all 260 passengers and crew on board the plane as well as five people on the ground. Many of the passengers on the plane were from the Dominican community in Washington Heights. After consultation with the families in the Belle Harbor and Washington Heights communities, a memorial has been erected at Beach 116th Street in Rockaway Park, a major shopping district and transportation hub in the area.

Geography

Belle Harbor is a suburban enclave on the Rockaway Peninsula, on what amounts to a narrow barrier island sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean to the south and Jamaica Bay to the north. Expansive views of the Manhattan skyline can be seen across the bay. Broad sandy beaches on the ocean have drawn residents to the area. Summertime beach access is effectively available only to residents and their guests. Rigorously enforced street parking restrictions in effect on the weekend during the summer, combined with limited direct access to the Belle Harbor area via public transportation limit access for most of those heading to the beach from outside the area.





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