• Updated: Food options near Fort Tilden

    Updated: Food options near Fort Tilden

    With summer getting into full swing, Fort Tilden makes for an alluring and more laid-back alternative to the beaches just a bit east. This remote section of Gateway National Recreation Area makes for an ideal day trip, accessible by either weekend ferry service or the NYC Beach Bus. However, the food options are limited, but

  • Jamaica Bay NPS: a multitude of choices

    Jamaica Bay NPS: a multitude of choices

    Established in 1972, Gateway National Recreation Area offers more than 26,000 acres of marshes, wildlife sanctuaries and recreational athletic facilities, miles of sandy beaches; indoor and outdoor classrooms; picnicking and camping areas, as well as historic structures and military installations, airfields, a lighthouse, and adjacent waters around New York harbor. The Jamaica Bay Unit includes

  • Riis Park Beach Bazaar debuts

    Riis Park Beach Bazaar debuts

    Add the Riis Park Beach Bazaar to the list of this week’s seasonal openings. Seeking to capitalize on the success of the downtown beach concessions, the National Parks Service awarded a multi-year contract to the operators of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. The food, music and shopping venue will be based at the far western end

  • Mayor makes it official: it’s summer

    Mayor makes it official: it’s summer

    Mayor de Blasio, Parks Commissioner Silver and a bevy of overdressed local officials kicked off the start of summer by opening a new section of Rockaway boardwalk today. The newly completed section will join together, for the first time since 2012, the Beach 97th Street and Beach 86th Street concession areas. Current plans call for

  • Anna Bow now open on RBB

    Anna Bow now open on RBB

    Anna Bow joined the Restaurant Row lineup this week with their grand opening adjacent to the old Rockaway Taco space. The coffee shop will be open seven days a week, starting at 7am. Their menu (photo below) includes breakfast burritos, salads, sandwiches as well as coffee, juice and smoothies. Location: 95-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

  • Bicycle Shops in Rockaway

    Bicycle Shops in Rockaway

    In summertime, the vehicle of choice for Rockaway residents is the bicycle. There is no easier way to get around the peninsula while enjoying the ocean breeze. There are two full-service bicycle shops to meet all your needs, including sales of new and refurbished bikes, as well as repairs, parts and accessories. Paul’s Bicycle Shop

  • Surf shops and schools, 2015 edition

    Surf shops and schools, 2015 edition

    Rockaway is home to the only official surfing beach in New York City, and probably the only surfing beach in the world accessible by subway. If you want to catch a wave, or need any beach related gear, there are a number of great surf shops and schools, and you can find a map of

  • The largest dog park in Queens is in Rockaway

    The largest dog park in Queens is in Rockaway

    At nearly two acres, the Rockaway Freeway Dog Run is the largest dog run in Queens. Located under the Rockaway Freeway at Beach 80th Street, this park offers a breezy respite and a large, unfettered play area for local canines. The Parks Department is organizing the following free events this summer: It’s My Bark Day,