Posts Tagged: History

  • 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,

  • 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

  • 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 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