Rockaway Beach in NYC
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Originally published September 2010
One of our favorite New York City beaches is Rockaway in Queens. You can easily reach Rockaway via the A train (and some patience), and if you know where you’re going, it can be quite charming.
In the past few years a small surf and art community has sprung up in the area creating pockets of fun and some amazing fish tacos.
Most of this is centered around Rockaway Taco, on 96th St and Rockaway Blvd. This collection of brightly painted buildings also houses a farm fresh veggie stand called Veggie Island, a water ice stand, and a surf shop that rents boards and sells gear. It’s also close to one of the two surfing beaches in the area. We went to the beach on 96th Street and it was cleaner and less crowded than the beach near 116th where most people get off the train.
On another trip to The Rockaways we got off the train on 59th and walked to a marina on the bay side for an art party. We saw the Brooklyn band Lemonade play live on the dock, checked out some painted boats and floating art projects, ate clams and corn, and drank cheap beer. A perfect day!
For a more historic look at the area, check out the documentary The Bungalows of Rockaway.