Rockaway Beach was once a popular seaside resort in south Queens
with a small permanent population. Shortly after World War II,
large parts of this narrow peninsula between the ocean and the bay
became some of New York City's worst slums. A historian who grew up
in the community and his wife, a social worker, together present an
illuminating account of this transformation, exploring issues of
race, class, and social policy and offering a significant revision
of the larger story of New York City's development. In particular,
the authors qualify some of the negative assessments of Robert
Moses, suggesting that the "Power Broker" attempted for many
positive initiatives for Rockaway.
Based on extensive archival research and hundreds of hours of
interviews with residents, urban specialists, and government
officials past and present, Between Ocean and City is a
clear-eyed and harrowing story of this largely African American
community's struggles and resiliency in the face of grinding
poverty, urban renewal schemes gone wrong, and a forced
ghettoization by the sea.
Subjects: History, Sociology
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