Brooklyn Coast Gets Touch of Queens With 'Rockaway Beach' Sign

By Katie Honan on October 3, 2013 6:46am 

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 The signs include one labeled as Rockaway Beach and a misspelled Plumb Beach sign.
Plumb Beach, Brooklyn, Signs Say Rockaway Beach
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BROOKLYN — Rockaway Beach is so hot, even Brooklyn wants to ride the wave.

A small piece of the Brooklyn shoreline is boasting a "Rockaway Beach" sign — despite being miles away from the Queens coast.

A temporary sign placed at Plumb Beach, along the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, identifies it as "Rockaway Beach" — even though it's across Jamaica Bay, in another borough.

A photo of nearby Kingsborough Community College also adorns the sign.

And in another indication that things may not be so peachy for Plumb Beach, another nearby sign skips the "b," spelling the name "Plum."

Plumb beach is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area and is named after the beach plum trees that are indigenous, according to the city's official tourism website.

The beach, which the site says is "often misspelled as Plum Beach," is a prime spot for windsurfers and a breeding ground for horseshoe crabs.

A spokesman for the city Parks Department said the "Rockaway Beach" sign is correct, though, saying Plumb Beach is part of the new Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, which is an agreement between the city's Parks Department and the National Parks Service.

The signage, which was put in place after Hurricane Sandy, is part of a consistent layout, and "Rockaway Beach" reflects the partnership, the spokesman said.

Other beaches in the conservancy include Jacob Riis Park and Fort Tilden, but those are on the Rockaway peninsula.

The Parks Department did not immediately comment on the "Plum Beach" sign. It was not clear how long that sign has been up.

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