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Heading east brings us into the hood known as Rochdale. It goes from Merrick Blvd to the Nassau Expwy (NY-878) between Baisley/Farmers Blvds. This hood is mostly residential. The area was first settled by the Dutch who called it Rustdorp in 1656. The English took it over and called it Jamaica after the Jameco Indians in 1664, who lived there before. This area was mostly farmland for the most part. In 1869, it was given a station for the South Side RR, and they called the stop Locust Ave. In 1903, the Jamaica Racetrack was built to allow for horse racing. In 1929, the name of the LIRR station was changed to Locust Manor (not to be confused with Locust Valley). In 1959, the racetrack was no longer in operation and was demolished to make way for Rochdale Village. When it was completed, it was actually the largest housing complex in the world, in 1963, until Co-op City surpassed it by having more. Before it was associated with South Jamaica, but the famous complex gave Rochdale its own identity. There are other houses besides the complex, though the hood itself isn't much. You can get here by taking the Far Rockaway Branch of the LIRR to the Locust Manor Station. Here is what you will find in Rochdale.















































 
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