Howard Beach is a neighborhood in the southwestern portion of the New York City borough of Queens. Howard Beach was named after William J. Howard, a Brooklyn glove manufacturer. Howard Beach was established in the 1890s and grew as William Howard purchased more and more land. He laid out the streets, water mains and gas mains, and built 35 houses. In 1905, the Long Island Rail Road created the Ramblersville station and a nearby Post Office. In 1915, a casino, beach and fishing pier were added to the area . As of 2000, there were 28,121 people living in Howard Beach with some notable residents including Jack Kerouac, Woody Guthrie and Vito Antuofermo.