History

  • 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

  • Beloved Wave bus shelter to be saved from demolition

    Beloved Wave bus shelter to be saved from demolition

    The Parks Department confirmed today that the iconic wave bus shelter, located at Shore Front Parkway and Beach 107th Street, would be spared demolition. The Parks Department had considered razing the bus shelter, one of four in the area, in order to redevelop an adjacent park, and to create a larger buffer zone between the

  • Throwback Thursday: Destination Technodome

    Throwback Thursday: Destination Technodome

    Since the destruction of the bungalow colony the 1960s, Arverne has been a prime development target for architects, engineers and urban planners alike. This Throwback Thursday takes a look at one ambitious plan to erect a two million square foot recreation facility on this long-prized beachfront district. Destination: Technodome was the brainchild of the Reichmann

  • 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

  • Fort Tilden

    Fort Tilden

    Rockaway!, kicks off on June 29th with a concert by legendary punk rocker Patti Smith in Fort Tilden. The summer long arts event is sponsored by MoMA and will showcase local as well as internationally known artists through September 1st. Fort Tilden is a decommissioned U.S. Army Base and is now part of the Gateway

  • Jane’s Walk in Rockaway Beach

    Jane’s Walk is coming to Rockaway Beach on Saturday, May 3rd. The walking tour will be led by local historian Vivian Carter, and kicks off at 11am in front of Cuisine by Claudette on Beach 116th Street. Admission is free, but please RSVP to information@shopbeach116.com. Jane’s Walk is an annual event in cities across the

  • The ruins of Fort Tilden

    The ruins of Fort Tilden

    Since Hurricane Sandy, beach access and the trails of Fort Tilden have been closed to the public. The surge destroyed the concrete path of Shore Road, adjacent to the ocean, and left a lot of debris on the interior running trails. However, a walk through those closed trails on a sunny late December day reveal

  • Meet Bill Foge, Rockaway’s first hipster

    Meet Bill Foge, Rockaway’s first hipster

    Rockawayist recently became aware of the work of locally renowned painter Bill Foge, and had an opportunity to speak with him this week. Foge, now 78 years old and residing in Kittery, Maine for the past ten years, may indeed be Rockaway’s first hipster. Foge arrived in Rockaway in 1983 during a blizzard. His studio

  • Battery Harris in Fort Tilden

    Battery Harris in Fort Tilden

    Fort Tilden is located on the western end of the Rockaway Peninsula. Part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, the Fort is home to local artist galleries, baseball and soccer fields, and provides unfettered access to the ocean. Also located on the campus two decommissioned Nike missile silos. Battery Harris East and Battery Harris West