2015

  • The Rockaway 2015 year in review

    The Rockaway 2015 year in review

    The year got off to a promising start when Lonely Planet named Queens the top U.S. travel destination for 2015. While the guide heralded the ethnic diversity of the borough, it also cited the subway-accessible “Atlantic-kissed sands” of Rockaway. Residents and visitors were set to embrace “Hamptons without the fuss,” making the James Franco visit

  • Pawfest at Riis Park

    Pawfest at Riis Park

    Riis Park Beach Bazaar will host a Halloween pet costume contest this weekend. Sponsored by Riis Point Bar, Wild Feast Foods, and Rockapup, the Halloween Pawfest will kick off at noon on Saturday, October 31st, with the pet parade and free pumpkin carving. There will also be live music performances by The Supertones and The

  • Rebuilt: Breezy Point’s fire zone

    Rebuilt: Breezy Point’s fire zone

    Few neighborhoods were as ravaged by Superstorm Sandy as Breezy Point. In the seaside community of just over 2,800 homes, 220 were lost to floods, and a raging fire in the densely populated wedge area destroyed another 135. In the weeks and months after the storm, rebuilding plans in the fire zone seemed in doubt.

  • Poseidon’s Parade

    Poseidon’s Parade

    Poseidon’s Parade, Rockaway’s inaugural “celebration of summer and the ocean,” went off without a hitch today. Under hazy but bright skies, ocean-themed revelers marched down the newly constructed stretch of boardwalk. The parade was led by local artist Geoff Rawling and the Rockaway Mermaid Brigade. More photos on flickr

  • The Sugar Cube is being dismantled

    The Sugar Cube is being dismantled

    The Sugar Cube has served its last beer, and the temporary quarters of the seasonal watering hole in Breezy Point are being dismantled. After the waters of Superstorm Sandy destroyed the original building in 2012, the bar reopened for the summer of 2013 out of a temporary storage trailer. Locals quickly christened the new incarnation

  • 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