The Rockaways hold some of Queens most beloved beach areas. The whole peninsula is a collection of neighborhoods ranging from lower to upper class. There are two main communities of the peninsula; the affluent Belle Harbor, and the predominantly African American Far Rockaway. While the peninsula has many serene beaches, it comes along with six dangerous public housing projects: The Redfern projects in Far Rockaway, the Beach 41st Street projects in Far Rockaway, the Edgemere projects in Edgmere, the Averne projects in Edgmere, the Hammel projects in Rockaway Beach, and the Carleton Manor projects in Edgmere. In recent years Far Rockaway has gotten bad press. In 2007 the 101st NYPD Precinct, which operates in Far Rockaway, had the highest percentage in crime increase. Far Rockaway has struggled with violent crime and drugs since the 1980s and continues to be somewhat dangerous even today. Though the Rockaways still have a far way to go before they become the paradise resort that they were in the mid-1800s, they shouldn't be avoided.
The Rockaways are served by the A and the Rockaway Park Shuttle (marked as S), with the A running East to Far Rockaway and the shuttle running down to Rockaway Park. The S and the A meet at Broad Channel station.
The closest connection between the A and any other line is Broadway Junction in East New York
The LIRR's Far Rockaway Branch serves Far Rockaway only. Note that this station is not included in the City Ticket program as going to it requires leaving New York City
The Rockaway peninsula is home to several dangerous areas the farther east one moves down the peninsula. Traveling to the neighborhoods of Far Rockaway and Edgemere at night would not be wise. Gang violence plagues the many housing projects on the peninsula, and it can be easy getting caught in the cross fire. Robberies and assaults on tourists are not very common (probably because tourists don't visit areas like Far Rockaway), but still can happen. It would be safest to avoid the public housing developments and not be caught on foot at night in the eastern most portions of the peninsula.