Culture

  • The Little Free Library

    The Little Free Library

    There are only two Little Free Library locations in all of Queens, and both of the book lenders are located in Rockaway. The neighborhood kiosks are designed on the honor system of “take a book, return a book.” Suzanne Riggs of Neponsit was motivated to help recycle books, as well as to spark some neighborliness

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • Attention Street Artists

    Attention Street Artists

    This abbreviated telephone pole recently turned up at the corner of Beach 92nd Street and RBB. Inexplicably planted in the middle of the sidewalk, this is just crying out for some street art. About seven feet high, it could be easily transformed into a totem pole, directional sign, or community bulletin board. Have at it, artists.

  • Rockaway gets the Swedish treatment

    Rockaway gets the Swedish treatment

    Last summer, Swedish journalist Marcus Joons made the rounds of the Rockaway, interviewing business owners, artists and residents. The resulting story chronicles a post-hurricane recovery in a rapidly gentrifying city. The travelogue is entirely in Swedish (except for “NO FUCKIN’ SLICES” by guess who), and unfortunately not available online. But below is a pdf file,

  • Stilt City

    Stilt City

    A Brooklyn-based artist has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to renovate a hurricane-damaged Rockaway bungalow and turn it into a community arts incubator. Robyn Renee Hasty, whose previous projects include the Boatel, working with architects Stephan Jaklitsch and Mark Gardner of Jaklitsch / Gardner, is seeking funds to turn the bungalow into an artist’s live-work

  • Camp Rockaway

    Camp Rockaway

    Camp Rockaway, which recently concluded a successful Kickstarter campaign, held an open house tent this past weekend for backers. The brainchild of founder Kent Johnson, Camp Rockaway harkens back to the area’s turn of the (20th) century roots as a Tent City. The Camp is designed to appeal to visitors as a low-cost, low-impact alternative