• Dalton’s is what Rockaway does best: the Irish bar & grill

    Dalton’s is what Rockaway does best: the Irish bar & grill

    The spate of new restaurant openings on the peninsula this year has been a bright spot for residents seeking a return to normalcy. And many beachgoers are extending their day trips into the evenings by settling in for some refreshments at Playland Motel, Sayra’s, and now Uma’s. These restaurateurs have brought diverse new food offerings

  • An open letter to Anthony Weiner

    Hey Tony, bro. Brohan. Carlos-meister. We need to talk. I’m here to give you a cold dose of reality. I’m going to tell you why you should drop out of the race for Mayor, and I’ve got a fantastic back up plan for you. I don’t think you were really cut out for politics after

  • 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

  • Rockaway’s bustling bar and restaurant scene

    Rockaway’s bustling bar and restaurant scene

    Thanks to the amazing weather over the long holiday weekend, Rockaway’s bar and restaurant scene was quite bustling. The crowds were gladly welcomed by local businesses that are starting to recover from Hurricane Sandy. The interior of Thai Rock is still under construction, but that has not kept the crowds away. The views of Jamaica

  • Playland Motel is open for business

    Playland Motel is open for business

    Adding to Rockaway’s vibrant new food scene, the hotly anticipated Playland Motel has opened in the old Tap & Grill space on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Named after the beloved amusement park that operated across the street until the mid-1980s, the Playland Motel evokes a casual beach ambience, ideal for a post-surfing drink or meal. Right

  • Rockaway Beach: New York’s next tech community?

    Could Rockaway Beach be the site of New York’s next tech community? Mike Reen of MNX Connect, and a Rockaway native, thinks so. He writes on the MNX blog: We have been in communication with the representatives of businesses in Queens regarding launching a Rockaway Beach Incubator, which could help startups, small businesses, the tech community

  • Renovations are underway at The Tap & Grill

    Renovations are underway at The Tap & Grill

    Renovations at Rockaway’s The Tap & Grill are now underway. Closed since August 2012, the much-loved tavern was acquired by Cayuga Capital, heralding a new era in Rockaway’s resurgence. According to Cayuga partner Jamie Wiseman, the tavern is still planning for a summer 2013 opening date.  Cayuga’s commitment will provide a much-needed boost to a

  • Jamaica Bay Community History Night

    Queens Library and Jamaica Bay Lives invite the community to share their stories about life in and around Jamaica Bay, now and in decades gone by. Help to document the history of Jamaica Bay and Hurricane Sandy by joining this special event, organized by the Queens Memory Project and Jamaica Bay Lives. Community History Night

  • Straight out of the Ground coming to Rockaway this summer

    Straight out of the Ground coming to Rockaway this summer

    The impact of Hurricane Sandy’s saltwater surge on the local vegetation will become more apparent now that spring has arrived. To many residents, it is obvious that many trees, shrubs, flower beds and gardens are suffering the after effects of the storm, and may not be productive for several years. For those who enjoy fresh

  • Save the date! Rockaway Irish Festival 2013

    As Rockaway continues to repair itself during a fairly mild winter, the community is starting to look forward to the spring and summer months. The Parks Department has promised to have sections of the boardwalk rebuilt, and the concessions are expected to be fully operational. The Army Corps of Engineers will close the temporary waste