• Surf shops and schools, 2016 edition

    Surf shops and schools, 2016 edition

    Rockaway is home to the only official surfing beaches in New York City: Beach 67th-Beach 69th Street, as well as Beach 87th-92nd Streets. The growing popularity of surfing as an urban sport draws more visitors to our beaches each year. If you want to catch a wave, or need any beach related gear, there are

  • Grand opening: Station RBNY

    Grand opening: Station RBNY

    Add Station RBNY to the list of destination surf and skate shops in Rockaway. Owned by local surfer Nigel Louis and paddle boarder Andrew Dima (of A-Team Paddleboarding), Station has a large selection of surf and skateboarding gear. There is also a good mix of apparel and footwear so local residents don’t have to leave

  • Sugar Bowl slated to reopen for MDW 2016

    Sugar Bowl slated to reopen for MDW 2016

    Contractors are scurrying to finish the interiors of the Sugar Bowl in time for a Memorial Day Weekend grand reopening. The scaffolding is starting to come down, revealing the most hotly anticipated building in recent memory. The original structure was destroyed almost four years ago by Superstorm Sandy. In the intervening summers, the legendary seaside

  • Grand opening: Beach Bistro 96

    Grand opening: Beach Bistro 96

    That pop of orange you may have noticed along the storefronts of Rockaway Beach Boulevard heralds the addition of Brazilian fare to Restaurant Row. Beach Bistro 96 is owned by Chef Carlos Varella and his wife Andressa Junqueira. The bistro is serving traditional Brazilian food such as picanha (a top sirloin cut), pasteis (a light

  • Grand Opening: Uncle Sam’s Surf & Surplus

    Grand Opening: Uncle Sam’s Surf & Surplus

    Uncle Sam’s Surf & Surplus has opened in Rockaway Beach, bringing a new Army & Navy twist to the traditional surf shop. Run by an ebullient Lou Harris and Danielle Huber, the shop carries a wide selection of camouflage apparel and camping gear, as well as Union Surfboards. The store is a fashion offshoot of

  • Grand Opening: Ship to Shore Wine Shop

    Grand Opening: Ship to Shore Wine Shop

    Add this gorgeous new wine shop to the growing list of new businesses in Rockaway. Ship to Shore Wine Shop had their grand opening this past weekend, proving that Rockaway Beach Boulevard is fast becoming a food and shopping destination in its own right. Owned by Rashida Jackson of the nearby Sayra’s Wine Bar and

  • Riis Park and Rockaway Beach 2016 summer concessions guide

    Riis Park and Rockaway Beach 2016 summer concessions guide

    Rockaway’s beach concessions have become a major attraction for visitors over the past few years. Serving up tasty food and drink, as well beach gear, the concessions have covered seating areas, restrooms, and typically feature live music and entertainment on the weekends. Some concessions will have a soft opening on May 20th, and most will

  • Grand opening: Rockaway Beach Golf Club

    Grand opening: Rockaway Beach Golf Club

    Welcome Rockaway Beach Golf Club to the list of new businesses opening this year. The area’s first indoor golf club is owned by local firefighters Christian Stathis and Patrick Hayden, and Steve Stathis, the owner of the legendary Boarders Surf Shop. With three PGA Tour Simulators, and a full bar, the Club is a great

  • Grand Opening: NiLu Kids

    Grand Opening: NiLu Kids

    NiLu Kids is the newest retail establishment to open downtown along Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Founded by Arverne resident Luisa Louis, the toy store and gift shop will host events for children, baby-and-me groups, as well as arts and crafts. Louis hopes the store will become an informal meeting place for families. Eventually, she would like

  • Shutter watch: Pebble’s and El Pasatiempo

    Shutter watch: Pebble’s and El Pasatiempo

    Bad news for the local bar scene: it looks like two neighborhood establishments have been shuttered. Pebble’s Pub, in Roxbury, and El Pasatiempo, in Rockaway Park, have been closed for several weeks, and phones at both establishments have been disconnected.