• Elbow Bend: Every bar in Rockaway, 2015

    Elbow Bend: Every bar in Rockaway, 2015

    Last year we chronicled the bar scene in Rockaway with the 24 Bars of Rockaway map. This year, with the return of stalwarts such as Kennedy’s, a newcomer in the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, as well as the inclusion of some fine Broad Channel watering holes, the bar count is up to 29. Below is

  • The Secret Spot

    The Secret Spot

    Hmmm…. I’m not really sure how to categorize this one: thrift shop, vintage store, flea market, or maybe even some type of artistic endeavor? Located on Beach 97th Street, immediately north or Rockaway Beach Boulevard, The Secret Spot is now open for browsing. There is no website, or listed hours, so you will just have

  • The Rockaway Times Summer Guide

    The Rockaway Times Summer Guide

    While most of you were shivering away one of the harshest winters in recent memory, Kevin Boyle (of The Rockaway Times) and I were putting together an info-packed summer guide for 2015. Filled with coverage of our parks, shops, restaurants and the diverse communities that make up Rockaway, the guide is a keeper. Look for

  • The Summer Shift

    The Summer Shift

    Amy Morris and Anna Polonsky of The MP Shift, working with David Selig, have transformed the former Rockaway Taco (95-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard) into the peninsula’s newest culinary destination. The Summer Shift will feature a rotating line-up of chefs preparing Latin-inspired bites for hungry beachgoers. This is the schedule for the remainder of the summer:

  • 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