The Fate of the Rockaway Railway

Communities stand divided over the fate of the Rockaway Beach Branch rail line in Queens.

Currently, the former Long Island Rail Road tracks lay in a tangle of trees and debris, abandoned for 50 years. But, the railway is far from forgotten.

From citizen committees to politicians, there are those who advocate for a new park, a revitalized railway or a line left undisturbed.

This is a project that examines the costs of these plans — from their price tags to their impact on neighboring communities. While the future of the Rockaway Beach Branch rail line remains unclear, the debate over its transformation continues to evolve.