• Update on The Tap & Grill

    Cayuga Capital partner Jamie Wiseman contacted rockawayist yesterday to discuss his plans renovate the Tap & Grill building on Beach 97th Street. Since the area is not zoned for transient housing, a hotel is not in the plans for the residential portion of the building. Instead, the 12 apartments will be renovated and offered as

  • The Tap & Grill: Rockaway’s new hotspot?

    The Tap & Grill: Rockaway’s new hotspot?

    In 2007, a Manhattan businessman set up a taco shop on Beach 96th Street, in a forlorn area of Queens, hard by the Atlantic Ocean. That taco shop slowly started to attract a loyal following of locals and visitors alike, and spurred a youthful, entrepreneurial boom. Most residents would acknowledge the opening of the taco

  • YORK SURF at the Brooklyn Surf Flea

    This weekend is the first annual http://brooklynsurfflea.com/, which will feature surf and ocean oriented vendors, as well as some local foodies and DJ Albert Shelton (http://artdoxa.com/nastyalbert). One of the featured vendors is Adlin, a jewelry designer and founder of York Surf (http://www.etsy.com/shop/YORKSURF). Q. Tell me a little bit about yourself A. I grew up in

  • The waning days of Summer 2012

    The waning days of Summer 2012

    The September quickening is upon us, as unavoidable as any year gone by. The days are getting shorter, the breezes a bit cooler, kids are back to school and Kmart is stocked up on Christmas trees! Many of our summer visitors have gone back to their city abodes. But in Rockaway, there is still a

  • The Fisherman’s Dog

    The Fisherman’s Dog

    Rockaway’s newest addition to the food scene takes us over to Beach Channel Drive. Situated on lot adjacent to Jamaica Bay, with stunning views of the New York skyline, you will find The Fisherman’s Dog. Earlier this year, childhood friends Terence McNicholas and Jared Adler found themselves downsized from their jobs and looking for a

  • Locals Surf School: Meet Mike and Mike

    Locals Surf School: Meet Mike and Mike

    Meet Mike Kololyan and Mike Reinhardt, two Rockaway natives and local surfing legends. This year, they established the Locals Surf School on NYC’s only officially sanctioned surfing beach. They can be found at Beach 67th Street, seven days a week. Get some friends together, ditch the pavement of NYC for a day, and let these

  • Back Forty Crab Boil

    Back Forty Crab Boil

    The Chesapeake crab boil is in full swing at the Beach 96th Street concessions. Back Forty chef Shanna Pacifico started the boil at 2pm today, and will go on through the evening. So come on down, enjoy some great seafood and live music from the adjoining Low Tide Bar (Rain Machine is appearing tonight). Shanna

  • Hot Yoga with Anita Ruderman

    Hot Yoga with Anita Ruderman

    A few doors from the sandy, sunny boardwalk at Beach 116th Street is one of Rockaway’s true gems. Anita Ruderman is one of New York’s original practitioners of Hot Yoga. I have been taking Anita’s class for over ten years now. Nothing can compare to the satisfaction of completing a ninety-minute yoga class in a

  • Shore Fruit Ladies

    Shore Fruit Ladies

    The next time you are on Rockaway’s beaches, look out for Lillian and Robyn, the Shore Fruit ladies. Residents of Williamsburg, they are spending their summer in Rockaway running the only bike powered snack cart on the boardwalk. You can easily spot their colorful bicycle. https://twitter.com/ShoreFruit http://www.facebook.com/ShoreFruit#!/ShoreFruit Their healthy snack cart offers fresh cut fruit

  • Portable Pig Man

    Adam Bishop is a four-year FDNY veteran continuing the great tradition of firehouse barbecue. When this Tampa native is not fighting fires, he is using them to bring some true Southern flavor to New York with his Portable Pig Man catering business. With a portable smoker hitched to his pickup truck, Adam can bring a