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East Rockaway

Beginnings: Once it was called Near Rockaway because it was the section of the Rockaway peninsula closest to Hempstead. English settlers migrating from New England in the 1640s bought the land from a tribe called Rockawanahaha, meaning ``People of a Sandy Place,'' as it surely was.
Photo: Mill River, East Rockaway (Photo by James A. Escher)

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