• Keep Rockaway weird, V.1 and V.2

    Keep Rockaway weird, V.1 and V.2

    Did you get yelled at in front of The Playland Motel on July 16th? If so, your verbal assailant is looking to make amends. Send an email to INQ232@gmail.com. There’s got to be at least a haiku to be had out of this, if not an actual novella. Also seen on the Boulevard this evening,

  • The Palms in Rockaway is open

    The Palms in Rockaway is open

    The Palms, a new dining, shopping and event space in Rockaway, has officially opened this evening. Billed as a space for “spirited community exchanges,” the formerly dilapidated lot on Beach 96th Street was transformed into a lush oasis lined with palm trees. Founded by David Selig, of Rockaway Taco, and Amy Morris and Anna Polonsky

  • Newsflash: Rockaway had record crowds this weekend

    Newsflash: Rockaway had record crowds this weekend

    According to a Parks Department spokesperson, Rockaway’s beaches hosted a record number of visitors this past Sunday. Underscoring the traffic and mass transit nightmares that residents and visitors experienced, Sunday July 19th, was by far the busiest day of the summer yet. As the mercury climbed to 89 degrees, the city beaches hosted an estimated

  • Support local entrepreneurs at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar

    Support local entrepreneurs at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar

    While the Riis Park Beach Bazaar has its roots in Brooklyn, the new concession does showcase some local entrepreneurs. Run by lifelong residents Mikey Reen and brothers Dylan and Ryan Sirgiovanni , By the Beach Coconuts sells chilled coconuts shipped in weekly from Thailand. They have been catering some events at local bars, and they

  • Late night food option: The Shore Shack

    Late night food option: The Shore Shack

    Responding to the dearth of late night food options in Rockaway (Pickles and Pies notwithstanding), Dalton’s Seaside Grill has set up a late night food truck in their parking lot. Open Thursday through Sunday, from 11pm to 5am, Shore Shack is serving up traditional food truck fare such as burgers, hot dogs and french fries.

  • 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: