• The Rockaway transit hack

    The Rockaway transit hack

    Getting to and from Rockaway has never been easy, as any resident or visitor can attest. Daily ferry service was cancelled in 2014, although it is slated to return in 2017. Only half of the peninsula is served by a direct-to-Manhattan subway connection. Bus service is often abysmal, and isn’t calibrated to meet the increased

  • Goat babies in pajamas

    Goat babies in pajamas

    Are you bummed that the weekend is over? This video of two romping goat babies is sure to bring a smile to your face:

  • The bunkers of Fort Tilden

    The bunkers of Fort Tilden

    To the casual visitor, the decaying historic artifacts of Fort Tilden may seem like a throwback to a long-gone era of World Wars. However, thanks to the New York Adventure Club, we had access to some of the Fort’s hidden gems. Established in 1917 as the U.S. entered WWI, Fort Tilden played a key role

  • The Community House: Rockaway’s stunning new gastropub

    The Community House: Rockaway’s stunning new gastropub

    With the opening of the Community House on August 4th, the peninsula bar count is now up to 30, and the restaurant scene in Rockaway takes a serious, and elegant step up. Occupying the old Irish Circle, which was shuttered in 2014, the design of the new gastropub relegates any memories of that watering hole

  • 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