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A Rockaway Tradition


e’ve given up on spring. It’s like a DFD. Here today, gone tomorrow. But summer we can still count on. Even when the sun hides on us, the calendar is still booked with summertime fun. Let the season begin! The beaches are declared open on the Friday before Memorial Day and the Summer Guide is the tradition that starts the day before. We’re proud of this edition, our fifth! And it must be fun, because time sure has flown by. A year ago, beaches open meant beaches open, maybe. In a last moment decision, the City declared eleven blocks of beach closed because of erosion. Merchants suffered, crowds were confused. This time around, it looks like those beaches will be open and bustling as sand was pumped onto the beaches throughout April and early May. It’s only fair: Rockaway Beach should have a beach. As we present this guide to you, we’re compelled to say THANKS! We have always considered The Rockaway Times a community newspaper that reflects the community we love. The RT is, in a way, a community effort after all. Readers make us want to do better; advertisers believe in what we’re doing. You send us tips, letters, photos, compliments and occasional gripes. We’re lucky to serve such a responsive, caring community. Local businesses can’t be thanked enough because without them, The Rockaway Times simply wouldn’t exist. We don’t charge for the paper or the Summer Guide. Hey, you know, the best things in life are free. Though actually, there’s a small but important price we’d like you to pay. Just tell our advertisers you saw their ad in The Rockaway Times. Please! The Summer & Community Guide is now a tradition and its success is really a reflection of how much faith our businesses have in Rockaway. That faith is obvious in some corners. Condos are going up on Beach 116th Street, on property that

sat vacant and fallow forever. The Rockaway Beach Hotel is rising just several blocks over. A Medical Center will open on Beach 105th Street and we’re hopeful the Harbor Light will open its doors once again. It’s the summer and we’ve got summer leagues and volleyball and handball. We’ve got yoga on the beach and get-in-shape boot camps. Look around, there are surfers and skateboarders and standup paddle boarders. And everyone seems to get around by bike. And even with all this action, there’s no better place to relax. Settle into your beach chair or stop by a favorite place for a cool drink. We’ve got more choices than ever. For those of us lucky enough to live here, we know Rockaway is a one of a kind place, surrounded by water, buttressed by the spirit of its people. Our 2019 Guide should provide handy information and highlight and call attention to the many services, great businesses and organizations here. Katie McFadden, our managing editor, who won a First Prize in feature writing in a statewide competition in April, has helped make this year’s Guide a real keepsake. She’s born and bred Rockaway and it comes through in her terrific writing. Kami Leigh-Agard, is a reporter and highly-regarded columnist for our weekly paper. She was honored as a Woman of Distinction by State Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer-Amato, for giving voice to people affected by autism. She somehow finds the time to get around town to learn and write about businesses and the music scene and well, just about everything. She’s also got a great eye for when we don’t cross our T’s or dot our I’s. Thanks, Kami! We got lucky with some outside talent when Lauren LaCapra and MJ Diehl agreed to contribute. Besides great info, the Guide has special features by Louie The Lazer Pastina, Dr. Pete Galvin, and Anita Ruderman. Once again, we have to tip our hats to our relentless sales crew of Fred Marino, Frank Chimera, and

John Onorato. What can we say? They’re awesome. Another tradition is thanking the stars that Pat McVeigh is still here. She does everything, and there’d be no Rockaway Times let alone the Summer & Community Guide without her. Our staff has worked hard, so we really hope you enjoy our fifth annual Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide. Please have a safe and great, great summer. Kevin Boyle, Publisher

2019 SUMMER & COMMUNITY GUIDE Kevin Boyle PUBLISHER/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Pat McVeigh CO-PUBLISHER Katie McFadden MANAGING EDITOR Kami-Leigh Agard WRITER/REPORTER Fred Marino Frank Chimera John Onorato SALES Richner Printing Services, LLC PRINTING The Rockaway Times 114-04 Beach Channel Drive Rockaway Park, NY 11694 Phone: 718-634-3030 Email: © 2019 Double Nickel LLC

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS This Summer & Community Guide is something we hope you’ll hold on to. Although this endeavor has mostly been a labor of love, we’d like to take the time to acknowledge and give a special thanks to our advertisers who make it all possible. They believe in us and they believe in Rockaway. Please support them. St. Francis de Sales Church........... 50 St. John’s Hospital......................... 54 St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy....................................... 41 Stacey Pheffer Amato .................... 92 Station RBNY ................................ 39 The Storage Place ......................... 24 Strands ......................................... 78 Studio Tattoo ................................. 42 Summer Night Market ................... 50 Surf Skate ...................................105 Tacoway ........................................ 36 Thai Rock ...................................... 57 The Graybeards ............................. 82 The Mary Louis Academy ............... 95 The Wharf...................................... 21 Tiberio .......................................... 66 Uma’s ........................................... 73 Under The Tent .............................. 27 Verizon .......................................... 47 Vino By The Sea ......................... 115 Waterview Car Care ....................... 46 Whit’s End...................................110 World Champions Karate............... 22 YMCA ............................................ 65 Zwerling Ophthalmology ................ 20

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Ready For Summer!


here’s summer in New York City, and then there’s summer in Rockaway. Since childhood, I always looked forward to spending summers on the peninsula. Some of my best memories are going to Rockaway Beach with my grandmother, together watching the hot summer sun set over ice cream. Today, I am fortunate to be able to pass down this tradition and spend the summer months in Rockaway with my daughter, Lily. Having seen just how far we have come as a community, makes summertime in the Rockaways all that more special. In the days following Superstorm Sandy, I toured the peninsula and recall feeling an overwhelming sense of sorrow. My daughter had just been born, but I found it difficult to fully enjoy this blessing when so many of my constituents were suffering. More than six years later, Rockaway has recovered in ways I could have never imagined. I cherish the moments I share with Lily biking down the boardwalk, visiting the concession stands and enjoying a meal at one of our favorite local restaurants. We’ve had our fair share of challenges, but the future of this community is bright. It is my hope that one day, Lily too will have the opportunity to spend summers in Rockaway with her children. As we inch closer to the summer season, I encourage all New Yorkers to explore all of the wonderful things Rockaway has to offer. Whether it’s summer movie nights at the park, or puppy playdates at the Rockaway Freeway Dog Run—there’s something for everyone. My office also has a number of fun activities and events planned this summer, including our Annual Flag Day on June 14 at Broad Channel Park, Summer Kickoff on June 22 and the Water Festival on July 6 at Beach 108th Street Roller Rink. We hope to see you there! Council Member Eric Ulrich

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The New Guys in Town By Katie McFadden


hat’s new in the neighborhood? Plenty, especially when it comes to good food, drinks and atmosphere. Starting just before last summer or early into the season, a handful of new eateries joined the plethora of tasty options in the neighborhood. On Rockaway’s Restaurant Row (Rockaway Beach Boulevard), Sam’s Food Castle, a new deli that offers halal food options opened near Beach 100th Street. Then came RBQ near Beach 98th Street, a place for barbecue, beer and live bands. La Barracuda on Beach 97th made a big splash as an outdoor summer hotspot offering up Colombian beach fare and a place to dance under the stars to live music. Near Beach 109th Street, Chef Mike Dalton, formerly of Dalton’s, opened Happy Jack’s, which may be small, but offers huge flavors in its many burger options, appetizers and specials. A bit later last summer, Rockaway got its first ramen restaurant with Oasis Ramen House (formerly O’Sake Ramen House) near Beach 92nd Street.

After the summer, Restaurant Row grew even more when Uncle Louie G’s Ices near Beach 92nd Street was rebranded as Mara’s Ice Cream Parlor. The sweet spot offers more than just ice cream and Italian ices, but shakes, booze-infused ice cream and more, which can be enjoyed in their beachy backyard space. That space is expected to grow even more this summer, as they’ll be sharing it with new neighbor, Kimo’s Kitchen. This new restaurant, owned by Mike Adil, formerly of Paninico, offers unique Mediterranean dishes like kebabs, gyros, falafels, and more. Kimo’s Kitchen comes just a month after Rockaway got its first Italian butcher in April on Beach 100th Street. Sorrentino’s offers things like Italian meats and cheeses, a variety of handmade sausages, and prepared meals like stuffed pork chops. Some more newcomers to Rockaway Beach Boulevard can be found in Rockaway Park. Stop on the Rock, dishing up Caribbean classics like oxtails, jerk chicken, codfish cakes and more, opened near Beach 112th. Down the boulevard on [CONT. ON PAGE 18]

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Beach 111th is now Te Quiero Juices and Tacos, serving up meat and veggie tacos, and fruit juices and smoothies to wash it all down. After filling up, take a walk to Beach 114th and wind down at Relaxing Foot Station, a new spa that offers back and foot massages. The commercial block of Beach 116th Street saw the addition of new pizza place, Pizza D’Amore, serving up an out-of-this-world grandma pie and more. Rockaway also got its first Farmers Market. The Rockaway Farmers Market on Beach Channel Drive carries all your fruits and vegetables and even has its own deli space and smoothie bar. The Tides, a new luxury rental apartment building in Arverne by the Sea, also brought with it new businesses on the ground floor around Beach 69th Street. First came Vino by the Sea, a wine shop showcasing unique brands that are hard to find elsewhere. Then Locals Surf School opened Locals Collective, a surfboard storage facility, and a café that offers coffees, teas and bites like acai bowls, avocado toast and pastries. Cuisine by Claudette has also opened a new location at The Tides, offering the same great products to satisfy any taste, from healthy meat dishes and sides, to vegan and gluten-free options. Another new restaurant is also expected to come to The Tides. Across Rockaway Beach Boulevard will be another great addition with Batesy’s BBQ, a new barbecue spot

by the owners of Pico, a popular Mexican restaurant in Belle Harbor, so it’s bound to be good. In Riis Park, the old Riis Bathhouse was revived and is now filled with food options and even an arcade during the summer. Rockaway also got some useful resources. Last summer, RBBC Radio hit the internet (, broadcasting music by local bands and talk shows featuring guests from the community. Also, Beach Tripper ( started making beach days easy by offering beach chair, umbrella and even towel rentals. Last summer, dockless bikes came to town. These rentable bikes can be picked up and dropped off almost anywhere and can be found through the Lime or Pace apps. There are some other things that are not quite open yet, but are expected to be open for the summer. This includes the brand new Sandpiper Playground on Shore Front Parkway and Beach 107th Street, plus the beloved Harbor Light. Hurricane Sandy claimed many of Rockaway’s playgrounds, as well as the Harbor Light Restaurant in Belle Harbor, but after a long uphill battle to rebuild, both of these things are supposed to make a return this summer. In Broad Channel, the new Sunset Cove Park is expected to open. Also, Downtown Far Rockaway is undergoing a major redevelopment, which will bring new housing and retail in the years to come. One new addition that should open soon is the peninsula’s first Taco Bell on Mott Avenue. Stay tuned for more new things to come!

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Shoring Up

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hile Rockaway is a place for fun, it’s also a place that needs to be protected. Hurricane Sandy in 2012 showed just how vulnerable this peninsula can be. The area is still vulnerable to storms, which was made clear when a last-minute decision was made to close a popular stretch of the beach just before the 2018 beach season started. But with recent actions by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (US-

ACE), the beach is back in business for 2019. A Just before Memorial Day Weekend last year, the NYC N Department of Parks and Recreation announced that th due to severe erosion caused by winter nor’easters, te Beach 91st to 102nd Street would be closed for the th summer. The closures heavily impacted the beach season and businesses in the area. After a major push s from residents and elected officials, an early spring fr announcement was made that sand would be replena ished in this area to save the summer. In mid-April, is USACE began dredging the East Rockaway Inlet and U the th sand was used to replenish Beach 92nd to Beach 103rd Street. USACE finished this project around 1 early May and even extended the replenishment a few e blocks further west. Now with much wider beaches in b place, there will be plenty of space for all to enjoy the p sand in front of the popular boardwalk concessions. s While this sand was much-needed, there is still more to be done. The long-awaited Rockaway coastal protection plan is expected to be approved later this year so that construction can begin on large protective measures by late 2019 or early 2020. This USACE plan includes a larger reinforced dune and sand replenishment along the whole beach, 13 new groins (jetties), the extension of five existing groins and some limited bayside features. Here’s hoping some of these measures will start to take shape before summer 2020!

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The Art of Becoming Local By Lauren LaCapra


often say that you can’t claim to be a Rockaway local unless you were birthed somewhere along the shores of the peninsula. You might’ve spent your formative years here, or your terrible twos, or maybe you moved here thirty years ago and built a family and life here, but none of that counts. It needs to be a biblical entrance into this world, directly onto the sand, for it to count. Not even a boardwalk birth will do. So when a “true” Rockaway local asks where I’m from, and I say, “around here,” I know what’s about to happen. My response is met with a quizzical look and a series of increasingly detailed questions—which block, what years, who’s ya motha, who’s ya fatha,

what color underwear w were you wearing the w eevening of August 24, 11982—until we are eeventually sequencing the DNA of my ancesth tors. to That’s okay, because I’m “not” from RockaI’ way. But I live here now w and I’d describe the an process of re-incorpopr rating myself into the ra magical sandy wonderm land of my youth as... la complicated. co I’d wanted to move here for some time, he but the long commute bu to work and finding an affordable apartment aff made it tough to take the ma leap. That is, until last lea summer when I finally sum packed my stuff and pa plopped myself into a new life by the beach. Since then it’s been weird. I complain. A lot. Even [CONT. ON PAGE 26]

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Jellyfish By Peter Galvin, MD


s a life-long Rockaway resident, I have seen firsthand how far we have come in cleaning up the waters that surround us. Menhaden (aka bunker) have returned big time with huge schools being seen. Bunker is a food fish for other ocean species, so whales and dolphins have returned to our shores to feast on the abundant bunker. More sharks are seen and caught in the local waters. With all this sea life returning to our area, a pest has also come back— jellyfish. If you are stung by a jellyfish, get out of the water immediately. Call 911 if there is a severe allergic reaction or the sting covers more than half an arm or leg. Otherwise, to stop the stinging, rinse the area with vinegar for 30 seconds (tea may also be

used as it contains tannic acid). As an aside, a mild acid like vinegar or tea numbs the nerve endings in the skin and relieves pain. Both may also be used to relieve sunburn pain. Remove any tentacles with a tweezers. After removing the tentacles, soak in hot, but not scalding, water for 20 minutes, or shower in hot water for 20 to 40 minutes. Treat the discomfort with over-the-counter (OTC) hydrocortisone cream. An oral antihistamine (e.g. Benadryl) may also be used for itching and swelling. Milder stings may be treated with an icepack and/or OTC pain reliever or antihistamine. If there are any open sores, clean them three times a day, apply an antibiotic ointment, and bandage them. Enjoy the Rockaways, but don’t forget your sunscreen and hat. Questions and comments may be sent to

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though I knew very well that as sundry these things go, there would be difficulties. Of course, there’s the commute. Then there’s the winter, when stuff shuts down and few of my friends from elsewhere visit. Perhaps the weirdest thing is not being able to find a wide variety of consumer goods that were previously at my fingertips 24/7. (Windex!!! Why can’t I find any $’@!ing Windex?!?!!!) But I realized just a few days ago that it’s starting to feel like home. I was in Rite Aid looking for — you guessed it, Windex—and someone I’d been chatting with at RBQ a couple weeks earlier recognized me and said hello. It reminded me of the guy I encounter sometimes when we’re walking our respective dogs, who always smiles and waves. And the friendly owner of the auto repair shop, who teases me about having a Fiat (the acronym for “Fix It Again, Tony”). As much as we all gripe about the crappy transit, the people who don’t pick up their dog poop, the Lime Bikes and, of course, the DFDs, Rockaway is a uniquely vibrant and strong community. People help each other and recognize each other and nudge each other, almost like a big dysfunctional family. Its weirdness and even its flaws make living here a truly special experience. So, even though I’ll never be a real Rockaway local—sadly, I was born at Jamaica Hospital—I’m glad to have neighbors to share the beach with, and sometimes even say hello.


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Rockaway’s Reading By Martha & Jack Rossi


e (I) enjoy nothing better than a day at the beach with a cold drink, a big umbrella, baseball on the transistor radio, and a good book in my lap. Here are some recent reads I loved about heroes—men and women acting bravely as individuals, and in concert with others. They will thrill and amaze you with their resilience as they overcome overwhelming odds. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James tells the fantastical tale of Tracker and his changing cast of characters as they set on a quest to find and return a mysteri-

ous boy abducted by monsters. Tracker has a nose. Once he knows a smell, he can follow it for days. He is accompaa nied by Black nie Leopard, who Leo is ssometimes man, somema times cat, a tim sad giant, and others. They oth ght horrific figh creatures and sometimes, cre ometimes, each other. The Africa James imagines is richly eac drawn, enchanting and revolting. This is not a book dra for children. It is ripe with sex and violence. Its complex characters’ evolving relationships and co adventures will keep you entertained. ad On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle by Re [CONT. ON PAGE 34]

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rverne has a rich past as one of Rockaway’s most historically important and transitive neighborhoods. Today, the area’s boundaries are generally defined as stretching from Beach 56th Street going west to Beach 79th Street. The neighborhood proper gets its name from a developer and lawyer named Remington Vernam, as his wife realized that the way he signed his checks (“R. Vernam�) would make for a distinctive name. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Arverne was a vacation destination for wealthy visitors and some year-round residents. Today, Arverne is a mix of lower-to-middle class housing, including public housing, with a number of businesses lining the streets. The main thoroughfare is Beach Channel Drive, and the area is served mainly by the Q22 and Q52 buses and two stops on the A train (Beach 67th Street and Beach 59th Street). The primary school in Arverne is P.S./M.S. 42 (The R. Vernam School), whose most noted alumnus is Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine. The south side of Arverne has experienced a complete makeover over the past decade with the development of Arverne by the Sea.

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Hampton Sides is a work of nonfiction that reads like a wonderfully engrossing novel. It is thoroughly researched, but it is cinematic, not academic. Vainglorious General MacArthur’s belief that the Chinese would not interpret the U.S. Marine’s push north as a threat to their border, r, imperilled General Oliver Smith and his First Marine Division. At the Chosin Reservoir, in subzero weather, r, surrounded and outnumbered by the Chinese PLA, they were indeed on desperate ground. The stories of individual heroism are at times astounding. From the country boy who could “put a bullet where it needs to be,” to his Brooklyn buddy, blinded by a head wound, who kept his rifle loaded throughout a terrible night, you will be thrilled and awed. This brilliant escape is a superbly recounted tale of remarkable bravery, engineering resourcefulness, and the Marines’ esprit de corps. Even if you are familiar with this battle, you will be swept away by the detail of the sacrifice and magnificentt legacy of the Marines. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is the first novel written by the acclaimed wildlife


author. This novel is a paean to nature, as well. It evocatively describes the flora and fauna of the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast. There we learn about the life of Kya Clark, the Marsh Girl. Abandoned as a child, she must learn to survive alone for most of her young life. Set in the th 1950s, this is not only a coming-of-age story, but bu a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and co a romance as well. The r protagonist is sensitive, pro artistic, courageous and art intelligent. We learn how int her isolation influenced the decisions she ultimately makes. Kya’s tale mat blindsided me, of survival s and took me emotionally hostage. I was truly moved host by this th heart-wrenching and heroic story, and it gave me hero new appreciation of the a ne marshlands and its wildlife. mars Becoming and Educated Be memoirs are mesmerizing m about two women’s remarkabou able jjourneys. They are page-turners. These women, Michelle inspirational page-turners Obama and Tara Westover, are not only role models, but true heroes in my book.

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AmpSurf Amps Up Disabled Surfers By Katie McFadden


here there’s a will, there’s a wave, and in Rockaway, surfing is available to all those who are willing to try, no matter their ability. Surf schools like Locals, NY Surf School and Skudin help newcomers learn how to hang ten, while local surf shops like the Rockaway Beach Surf Shop, Boarders, Breakwater and Station RBNY provide rentals and all the equipment you need to keep your hobby going, but there’s one local organization that helps give the gift of surfing to those who are disabled. Using adaptive surf equipment and volunteers, AmpSurf helps everyone from wounded warriors to Special Olympics participants ride the waves. AmpSurf, a 501c3 organization based out of California, has been helping those who are disabled learn to surf for about 16 years, but last year, local John Roberts started a New York chapter that now offers a summer full of programs to this special group of people in the local area. This summer, there will be three Saturday AmpSurf clinics for those who participate in the local Special Olympics program, plus wounded veterans and others with various mental or physical disabilities on June 29, August 17 and September 14 at Beach 67th Street. Additionally, when Hope for The Warriors brings wounded veterans to town for a weekend of waterside fun on July 12 and 13, AmpSurf will be there to provide surf lessons

to them in Breezy Point. But first, the season will kick off with a fundraising event for AmpSurf at the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90th Street on June 28, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. This night of raffles, food, drinks, music and more will serve as a way to get people amped for the AmpSurf season and to raise funds for this cause that heavily relies on donations. To find out more about this amazing organization and how to volunteer or donate, check out www.AmpSurf. org, or reach out to John Roberts directly at jwrsurf@aol. com or 917-734-8711.

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Organized Artists By James Daild


ockaway Artists Alliance has been the community’s premier go-to arts organization for the past two decades. Now in its 24th year, RAA continues to offer engaging cultural programming for all Rockaway residents and visitors year round. People who love the beach and the arts can experience the best of both worlds in RAA’s sTudio 6 & 7 galleries uniquely located at Fort Tilden, which is part of Gateway National Recreation Area at Rockaway Point, New York, right along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. The galleries are open March through December and are home to exhibitions featuring local emerging artists and renowned figures in the art world. The summer will be kicked off by Fathom, a solo show by Michelle Zassenhaus (June 1 – June 9); Stories in Print (June 8 – June 30) will present the art of storytelling through printmaking; Beach Elements (July 13 – August 4) will feature everything about the warm season. The camp kidsmART Art Exhibition (August 8 – August 10), funded by a grant awarded by the Queens Council on the Arts, celebrates the summer camp program’s 20th anniversary. Finally, ArtSplash 2019 returns (September 14 – October 6). Galleries are open Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Admission is free.

RAA hosts performances to promote the growth of local and visiting musicians. Music lovers can experience performances in genres like bluegrass, classical, hip-hop, EDM and more. RAA has an ongoing open call for musicians interested in performing at our galleries. More details about the music shows and performance submissions can be found on the RAA website. Art programs for children and adults include the award-winning kidsmART after-school program; camp kidsmART for children finishing grades K – 8 in sTudio 6 and Building T149 (July 8 – August 15); weekly painting classes (Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.); and printmaking open studio (Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.). Each season, new classes and workshops are added. RAA also hosts public and private events. Artist studio spaces and party space is available for rent. Be a supporter of arts and culture! RAA encourages artists and patrons of the arts to join as members. RAA is a networking source for artists and members to share ideas, artwork and to collaborate. Your membership enables RAA to provide the community with exciting programs that cultivate the community’s creative spirit. Visit for details on exhibiting artwork, music performances, membership, enrolling in child and adult art programs, and more.




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he Gateway Bike & Boathouse was founded in 2008 as a 501c3, not-forprofit organization to provide free kayaking on Jamaica Bay. Paddling takes place from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Visit one of our two boathouses and experience the natural beauty of the Bay and enjoy some fresh air and exercise. However, as great as it is to paddle, participants and volunteers agree the best part is the people you meet. We’re happy to offer another full season of paddling activities from open “walk-up” paddling on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday to guided marsh tours on Sunday mornings and evening tours on Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Special events, including paddling with a purpose such as marsh clean-ups to plantings and ecological tours, are scheduled throughout the season. Our fleet includes single and double sit-on-top kayaks, which are very stable and unsinkable. There are also stand-up paddle boards (SUPs), paddles and personal floatation devices (PFDs). Just bring a bathing suit, sunscreen, water and a smile.

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dgemere’s boundaries are roughly from Beach 56th Street to Beach 32nd Street. The south side of the neighborhood remains chronically undeveloped, with mile-long stretches of weeds and dirt occupying the barren land. The boardwalk ran all through the neighborhood prior to its destruction from Hurricane Sandy, which on most streets here was the only southern semblance of a structure, save for some billboards. On the north side of the freeway though are schools, housing projects, community centers, and numerous single- and two-family homes. Edgemere is home to the seldom-visited Rockaway Community Park. “Situated on 253 acres on the Jamaica Bay in southern Queens, Rockaway Community Park offers a great opportunity for wildlife and nature lovers… Once a resort for the well-heeled of New York, Rockaway Community Park is now an unspoiled getaway for all New Yorkers,” the Parks Department website says. The neighborhood is also home to the increasingly popular Edgemere Farm, a community garden offering fresh greens and more to the entire peninsula.

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Jamaica Bay Rockaway Parks Conservancy


he Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) is a public-private partnership established in 2013 that is dedicated to improving the 10,000 acres of public parkland throughout Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway peninsula for local residents and visitors alike. With its partners at the National Park Service and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, JBRPC works to expand public access; increase recreational and educational opportunities; foster citizen stewardship and volunteerism; preserve and restore natural areas, including wetland and wildlife habitat; enhance cultural resources; and ensure the long-term sustainability of

the parklands. Since 2013, in partnership with local organizations, JBRPC has implemented a number of projects and programs throughout parks in Rockaway and Jamaica Bay. This work includes art exhibitions, nature-based programming, wetland and forest restoration, trail building, park improvement projects and volunteer programs. The JBRPC is located at 177 Beach 116th Street in Rockaway Park and continues to improve our parks and open spaces for all to enjoy. For more information on the JBRPC, please visit or find them on Instagram and Twitter @JBRPC, and on Facebook. @ JBRPConservancy.

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More Than A Whistle By Nick DePrima


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Hot Yoga in the Summer? YES! By Anita Ruderman


he word, yoga, means “union” in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated. It is the union between the body, mind and spirit. Crank the heat up to 100 plus degrees, add humidity and you’ve got Hot Yoga! At Hot Yoga Rockaway Beach, we’ve been sweating on Beach 116th Street since January 2010 and offer 60-minute Hot26, Vinyasa & IronYoga classes. The room is heated intentionally to warm the muscles, allowing you to work deeper in a shorter amount of time, so you see results faster. Heat takes the trauma out of stretching, and sweating is the fastest way to detox. We LOVE the absolute beginner, so don’t let being nervous, scared or even a little intimidated stop you from taking classes, especially during the spring and summer months. You’re actually more flexible during these seasons, since your body is warmer, and as long as you come well-hydrated, you’ll be fine. In a few classes you will get used to being in the heat and actually love it! Regardless of your age (our students are 12 to 80 plus years old), or what shape you’re in (or not in), you will get enormous benefits from a regular practice. You’ll be amazed by how incredible you’ll feel after only one class. So just show up well-hydrated and on an empty stomach (no food two hours before class). Bring a yoga mat, towel and bottle of water, or rent anything you need from us. Be prepared to sweat, smile and cry tears of joy. Don’t

wait too long to detox, lose weight, reduce stress, increase energy, improve balance, build concentration, heal injuries and experience this miracle yoga for yourself. If you have any questions or concerns, visit our website: or call 718-945-YOGA (9642). Hot Yoga Rockaway Beach is located at 181 Beach Beach 116th Street, 2nd floor, Rockaway Park, NY 11694.


This shot by Connor Rodriguez was chosen as a Top 30 in The Rockaway Times Photo Contest. Look for it as part of the Photo Expo on the boardwalk, Broad Channel, and the ferry dock.

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PL ACES OF WORSHIP St. Mary Star of the Sea and St. Gertrude Parish 1920 New Haven Avenue Far Rockaway, NY 11691 718 327 1133 Weekend Mass Schedule: (Alternating English & Spanish) Saturday Evenings (Sunday Vigil): 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (Spanish) Sunday: 8:15 a.m., 9:45 a.m. 11:30 a.m (Spanish) 1:15 p.m. Saint Rose of Lima RC Church 130 Beach 84th Street Rockaway Beach, NY 11693 718 634 7394 Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday: 5 p.m. Sunday: 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. (Spanish), 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Polish) Saint Camillus RC Church 99-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard Rockaway Beach NY, 11694 718 634 8229 Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Saint Virgilius RC Church 16 Noel Road Broad Channel, NY 11693 718 634 8229 Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. Saint Francis de Sales RC Church 129-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard Belle Harbor, NY 11694 718 634 6464 Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 5:30 p.m. Saint Thomas More RC Church (Blessed Trinity Parish) 204-25 Rockaway Point Boulevard Rockaway Point, NY 11697 718 634 6357 Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. (Saint Edmund), 11:30 a.m.

Saint Genevieve RC Church (Blessed Trinity Parish) 6 Beach 178th Street Rockaway Point, NY 11697 718 634 7276 Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday: 5 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m., 12 p.m.

Bayswater Jewish Center 2355 Healy Avenue Far Rockaway, NY 11691 718 471 7771

West End Temple 147-02 Newport Avenue Neponsit, NY 11694 718 634 0301

House On The Rock 91-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd Rockaway Beach, NY 11693 917 648 6310

Temple Beth-El 201 Beach 121st Street Rockaway Park, NY 11694 718 634 8100

First Congregational Church 329 Beach 94th Street Rockaway Beach, NY 11694 718 634 4701

Rockaway Revival Center 49-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd Far Rockaway, NY 11691 718 337 5080

Seaside Jewish Center 103-00 Shore Front Parkway Rockaway Park, NY 11694 718 634 1141 Congregation Ohab Zedek 134-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd Belle Harbor, NY 11694 718 474 3300

9208 Rockaway Beach Blvd 718-318-3888 Open Mon. - Thurs: 11:30am-10:00pm Fri. - Sat: 11:30am-10:30pm Sunday: 12:00pm-10:00pm Closed Wednesdays We Deliver! (Min. $10)

Come on in for a taste of far away Japan from the comfort of homely Rockaway!

Japanese imported beers and sake

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Basic Beach Rules The Surf Beach Rules of Paddling:  When paddling out for a wave, the surfer who is closest to the peak has the right of way • A surfer already on a wave has the right of way  Stay away from the jetty  Never ditch or let go of your board  Avoid sitting too far inside the takeoff lane of other more experienced surfers  When paddling out, it’s your responsibility to avoid other surfers  Respect others, but don’t be afraid to ask for help  Don’t drop in. If it happens, apologize.  Don’t snake waves; there will always be more opportunities  Always come to the aid of others in danger For your safety:  Surf at your own risk, there are no lifeguards on duty at the surf beaches  There is an emergency call box at Beach 90th Street  The Surf Beach is open year-round from dawn until dusk In addition to these special rules, the standard Beach Rules also apply:

Beach and Boardwalk Rules Prohibit:

 Littering and all glass containers  Rummaging through trash receptacles  Unleashed dogs at any time  Barbecuing or open fires, and erecting tents or shelters  Alcohol  Amplified sound, except by permit  Vending, engaging in commercial activity, and performing or other rallying, except by permit  Solicitation or panhandling Photo By Sally McVeigh  Feeding birds or squirrels  Unauthorized motor vehicles, ATVs, or scooters  Snorkels, fins, rafts, unauthorized watercraft, and other flotation devices  Fishing, except in designated areas  No bike riding on the boardwalk on holidays and weekends, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please stay in the designated bike lanes.  No dogs on sand or boardwalk from May 1 to October 1.

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St. Francis de Sales 129-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Belle Harbor, NY 11694 718-634-6464

RT Sandcastle Contest on July 28

Rev. William F. Sweeney, Pastor Rev. James K. Cunningham, Associate Rev. Jose Marie Legaspi, Associate Deacon Armand D'Accordo Deacon Vincenzo LaGamba MASS SCHEDULE: .POEBZ'SJEBZ 4BUVSEBZ

6:30 A.M. & 9:00 A.M. 9:00 A.M. 4:00 P. M. - Confessions 5:30 P. M. - Vigil Mass for Sunday

Sunday 7:30 A.M. | 9:00 A.M. | 10:30 A.M. | 12 Noon | 5:30 P.M.

We celebrate Mass on the beach at B. 129th St. at 9:00 am on: 4VOEBZ +VOFUIt'BUIFShT%BZ Sunday, July 7th 4VOEBZ "VHVTUUI 4VOEBZ 4FQUFNCFSTU We are celebrating Home Masses and Block Masses over the summer. If interested, please call 718-634-6464.

St. Francis de Sales Welcomes You!


ave dreams of being a Sandmaster? Show off your work at the 4th Annual Rockaway Times Sandcastle Contest on Sunday, July 28. The Rockaway Times relaunched this longtime beach tradition in 2016. During the event, people of all ages and all skill levels are invited to make a sand creation, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a standard castle, a sand mermaid, a sand lion, or whatever you can think of, using your own sand tools. The contest is held at Beach 117th Street. Registration starts at 11 a.m. and the contest starts at noon. Contestants will have until 2 p.m. to make their creation. Trophies and gifts from local businesses are awarded for the top three creations in three different age categories, but everyone goes home with something. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fun day on the beach for the whole family! And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s FREE!

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The Music Scene That Keeps Rockin’ On By Kami-Leigh Agard


sk any local or DFD (down-for-the-day visitor), Rockaway is well-established as NYC’s beach town mecca for live, local music. However, our music family tree’s roots and branches go way beyond the wave of what some describe as the “Rockaway Renaissance,” surfing a culturally-rich diversity of new restaurants and watering holes swarming in, post-Hurricane Sandy. For decades, this community has been flooded with local venues featuring live bands since even before its Wine With Sue

heyday as Irish Town. In this feature, learn about the h eevolution of Rockaway’s jam scene, and why much of it is fueled by local musicians—cult heroes for music aaficionados, both near and far. Back in the 70s, local Irish-born musician and vvocalist, John Baxter owned a bar and grill called the Emerald Isle on Beach 116th Street. However, his memE ories of the vibrant Irish music scene date back to the o late 1950s, when he was a recent Irish import, just off la the boat. Baxter, in his County Cavan drawl, says, “My th first experience with Rockaway’s bustling music scene Solshyne


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SCHOOLS Public Elementary and Middle Schools  P.S. 42, Beach 66th Street, Arverne  P.S. 43, Beach 29th Street, Far Rockaway  P.S. 47, Power Road, Broad Channel  P.S. 104, Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway  P.S. 105, Beach 51st Street, Arverne  P.S. 106, Beach 35th Street, Far Rockaway  P.S. 114, Cronston Avenue, Belle Harbor  P.S. 197, Hicksville Road, Far Rockaway  P.S. 215, Briar Place, Far Rockaway  P.S. 253, Central Avenue, Far Rockaway  P.S. 317 Waterside Children’s Studio School, Beach 110th Street, Rockaway Park  M.S. 53, Nameoke Street, Far Rockaway  M.S. 183, Beach 79th Street, Rockaway Park  Challenge Preparatory Charter School, Far Rockaway  Peninsula Preparatory Academy, Far Rockaway

Public High Schools  Far Rockaway Educational Campus  Channel View School for Research  Rockaway Collegiate High School  Rockaway Park High School  Scholars’ Academy

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Parochial and Private Schools  Beth El Temple  Chaim Berlin High School  Mesivta Chaim Shlomo  Bnos Bais Yaakov  Tichon Meir Moshe  Siach Yitzchok Elementary School for Boys  Torah Academy for Girls  West End Temple  Yeshiva Darchei Torah  Yeshiva of Far Rockaway  Yeshiva B’nei Torah  St. Francis de Sales  St. Camillus  St. Rose of Lima  Church Of God Christian Academy  Lawrence Woodmere Academy  Our Lady of Grace Academy

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SINK SOME BIRDIES BY THE BEACH AT THE RIIS PARK GOLF COURSE Bring in this ad for 20% off (1) Adult Weekday Admission Valid until August 31st, 2019. Must hand in at purchase. No photocopies.

Jacob Riis Park Road, Rockaway Park NY, 11694 Get some practice in at the Driving Range or have some fun with Mini-Golf at the Aviator Golf Center. 3200 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn NY, 11234

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ROCKAWAY BEACH GOLF CLUB 219 B. 100 St. Rockaway Park, N.Y. 11694



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Authentic Thai Cuisine and Water Sports Spectacular views of Jamaica Bay

Live Music

Water Front Dining Perfectly situated on Jamaica Bay, ai Rock serves up authentic ai cuisine, original cocktails and a ne spirit selection. e atmosphere is upscale, warm and inviting with its all-weather panoramic bay view, we recommend a sunset dinner, it is breathtaking.

ai Rock lights up the night with some of the nest acts in NYC.


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Signature Cocktails and Fine Spirits Outdoor Deck and Bar Prívate Events and Parties Catering and Weddings

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Come sailing on a beautiful piece of NY history in the sheltered waters of Jamaica Bay, all while being pampered to luxury. Yacht Rock Charters at Thai Rock will take you on board the Schooner “Deliverance” for a unique private sailing experience. We also offer shorter tours on the traditional Chesapeake skiff “Turtle” for day-sails, secret beach stops, sunset sails and much more.

Book ahead of time to reserve your charter at -or- THAIROCK (718) 945-5111

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Rockaway Beach Summer Guide 2019 From a sandcastle competition and beach yoga to a Caribbean carnival, there’s free summer fun for everyone at Rockaway. Here’s a sample of what’s in store.

FITNESS YOGA ON THE BEACH Saturdays, May 25–August 31 8:15 a.m.–9:15 a.m. B. 108th Street Bring a mat, large towel, or blanket.

ZUMBA™ FITNESS WITH MAXIE Tuesdays, July 9 – August 13 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. O’Donohue Park, B. 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard

ZUMBA™ UNDER THE STARS WITH LISA G Thursdays, July 11–August 29 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Hockey Rink, 108th Street and Shore Front Parkway

MOVIE NIGHTS Movies begin at sunset. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy free popcorn!

INCREDIBLES 2 Friday, July 5 Rockaway Beach at 59th Street MARY POPPINS RETURNS Sunday, July 14 B. 94th Street and Shore Front Parkway

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM Friday, July 19 Broad Channel Park between East 16th and East 18th Roads UNCLE DREW Sunday, July 28 O’Donohue Park, B. 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard CAPTAIN MARVEL Friday, August 9 Rockaway Beach at B. 59th Street AQUAMAN Sunday, August 11 B. 94th Street and Shorefront Parkway

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EVENTS SILENT SOUL NIGHT Friday, June 14 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. O’Donohue Park, B. 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard Grab a pair of headphones and come get your groove on with some classic soul!

ROCKSTOCK AND BARRELS Saturday, June 15 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. B. 90th Street Skate Park and Surf Beach Rockaway rocks with this annual surf contest, skate, and music festival.

SUMMER KICKOFF Saturday, June 22 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Hockey Rink, B. 108th Street and

Shore Front Parkway Bring the family and start the season off right with inflatables, arts and crafts, music, and refreshments.

WATER FESTIVAL Saturday, July 6 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Hockey Rink, B. 108th Street and Shore Front Parkway Enjoy waterslides, bounce houses, face painting, snacks, and more at this family-friendly festival.

SANDCASTLE CHAMPIONSHIP Sunday, July 28 Registration: 11:00 a.m. Contest: Noon–2:00 p.m. B. 117th St. Craft a masterpiece for a chance to win prizes. Bring your own buckets and tools, or use ours. No experience necessary.

ROCKAWAY CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL Saturday, Aug. 17 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Bayswater Park, Bay 32nd Street and Beach Channel Drive Celebrate Caribbean culture with a day of live musical performances and dancing.

Plus much more! Visit for additional events and information. Rockaway summer programming supported by Council Member Eric Ulrich, Council Member Donovan Richards, State Senator James P. Sanders, and The Rockaway Times.

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MAY 19TH THROUGH JUNE 30TH Summer Membership is valid from May 19th MEMBERSHIP through August 31st once purchased! Adult $165/ Adult city-wide $210.00 Family $250 / Family city-wide $300.00 Includes: • Over 80 Group Fitness Classes a Week •  Complimentary orientation or 4 Y Fit Coaching sessions •  Swimming Pools and Family Swim •  Membership rate for programs •  State of the Art Cardio Facility









CAMP Rates Per 2-Week Session Traditional Camp: Member $472/Non-Member $520 Kinder Camp: Member $550/Non-Member $600 Teen Travel Camp: Member:$520 / Non Member $ 572 Modern Girl Dolly and Me: Member $550/Non-Member $600 Hours: Camp is from 8am to 4pm. Extended AM & PM sessions available for additional cost. Day Campers will engage in activities that enhance their social and emotional skills, help keep their academics on track, keep them physically active, and challenge them to learn new things everyday. They will have the opportunity to make new friends and take exciting trips throughout NYC. ROCKAWAY YMCA 207 Beach 73rd Street, Arverne, NY 11692 P 718-215-6950 YMCA

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Post Offices, Precincts, and Firehouses

Post Offices


• 113-25 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park, NY 11694-9997 • 90-14 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693-9997 • 329 Beach 59th Street, Arverne, NY 11692-9997 • 1836 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY 11691-9998 • Postal services available at All American Channel Market, 925 Cross Bay Blvd., Broad Channel

• 100th Precinct, 92-24 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693-1527; Commanding Officer: Captain Louron Hall • 101st Precinct, 16-12 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY 116914202; Commanding Officer: Deputy Inspector Vincent J. Tavalaro

Fire Departments • Engine Company 329: 402 Beach 169th Street, Roxbury, NY 11694

• Engine Company 286, Ladder Company 137: 257 Beach 116th Street, Rockaway Park, NY 11694 • Engine Company 266: 92-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693 • Engine Company 265, Ladder Company 121, Battalion 47, EMS Station 47: 303 Beach 49th Street, Far Rockaway, NY 11691 • Engine Company 264, Engine Company 328, Ladder Company 134: 16-15 Central Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY 11691


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BELLE HARBOR DINER Steaks & Seafood 268 Beach 116th Street, Rockaway Park, NY

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Health Care in the Rockaways


eople fall at the beach, the trains can be perilous, and there’s always a chance of bike-on-bike mishaps. If you’re near or on the peninsula, here are some places to get high-quality medical care: St. John’s Episcopal Hospital: Since the closing of Peninsula Hospital, this is the only full hospital serving the peninsula. Very much on the upswing since new management took over. 327 Beach 19th Street, Far Rockaway, NY 11691/718-869-7000 Bayview Urgent Care: Open on weekends. Held in high regard by Rockaway residents. Convenient and friendly. 115-06 Beach Channel Drive/718-474-7744 South Nassau Communities Hospital: Not in Rockaway, but a short drive away through the Five Towns. A full-service hospital offering great medical care. One Healthy Way, Oceanside, NY 11572/877768-8462 Addabbo Family Health Center: Offers a multitude of medical options, from free dental screenings to free pregnancy testing to pediatric and adult care.

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Sunlites Stained Glass Full time in Rockaway since 1986

• Stained Glass Repair /Restoration • New Stained Glass • Tiffany Lamp Repair

6200 Beach Channel Drive, Arverne, NY 11692/718945-7150 Physical Therapy: Sands Point Physical Therapy led by Tim Rohrs is located at 230 Beach 102nd Street, Rockaway Park, NY 11693/718-945-9575 RBNY Physical Therapy led by Katie Ten Eyck is located at 119-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Park, NY 11694/718-634-3211. And they’re opening a second location. See Page 113. One on One Physical Therapy is located at 231 Beach 116th Street, Rockaway Park, NY 11694/718474-2224 Veterinarians: Rockaway is extremely pet friendly and they need care too! There are a couple of great options for vets in the area. Animal Hospital of the Rockaways: 114-10 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park, NY 11694/718-4740500 Rockaway Beach Veterinary Services: 92-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693/718-408-7287

Joseph F. Keenan Attorney At Law 114-04 Beach Channel Drive Suite 9 Rockaway Park, New York 11694

Phone: (718) 747 8850 Patrick Clark, Artist 208 Beach 91st St., Rockaway Beach (718) 634-3397 •

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Broad Channel


road Channel is the only inhabited island in Jamaica Bay, with about three thousand inhabitants. The neighborhood stands on Big Egg Marsh, an area of fill approximately 20 blocks long and four blocks wide; the community is an inholding within the Gateway National Recreation Area, a unit of the U.S National Park Service. The area comprises several artificial canals separating deadend residential blocks. It is connected to the rest of Queens by road and subway bridges. The community is split by Cross Bay Boulevard with many commuters passing through, never getting a sense of the small town feel BC embodies. It’s a bit isolated, but that’s the way the people seem to like it. It has parks, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, and great access to the bay that so much of Rockaway feels is inaccessible. Many locals own boats and are expert fishermen. The bay is part of Broad Channel life. You might even spot youngsters jumping off a real diving board into the bay. The town turns out for sporting events, parades, and its own Mardi Gras. In the 1920s, during Prohibition, speakeasies and homemade distilleries flourished. Being an island had its advantages for illegal rum running, and the Channel was often referred to as “Little Cuba.” Broad Channel is now home to stewards of the environment. Residents demand protection for

wildlife drawn ildlife and have ha e dra n attention to and gotten protection for the marshlands. What’s new? The Sunset Cove project, the rehabilitation of polluted shoreline is moving along. Contaminated fill will be removed and a protective perimeter berm will double as a walking trail. The remarkable turnabout will also include the creation of a maritime forest and the planting of new shoreline wetlands.

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Did You Know? • The Rockaway peninsula ended where Fort Tilden is today, in the 1850s. Sand flowing west eventually created Breezy Point. • Rockaway once had its own airport. The Rockaway Airport was located at what is now Beach 52nd Street and Beach Channel Drive. It remained in existence until 1957 or thereabouts. • Fort Decatur was a United States Army Blockhouse, located around Beach 136th Street and was manned during the War of 1812. • Three Far Rockaway High School graduates have won a Nobel Prize. They are Burton Richter, Richard Feynman, and Baruch Blumberg. Another graduate, Bernie Madoff, did not. • The Atlantic City boardwalk is called the longest boardwalk in the world at 5.5 miles. Well, we still call our new concrete ocean walk the boardwalk and it comes in at 5.5 miles, too! • Rockaway Playland closed permanently in 1985. • Riis Park parking lot was once the largest parking lot in the world. The Gateway National Management Plan of 1977 stated the lot held 9,000 cars. • Far Rockaway High School played an annual Thanksgiving Day game against its rival from Brooklyn: Brooklyn Tech. • Fort Tilden was an active military installation until 1974 when it became part of the Gateway National

Recreation Area. • Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City and Bayswater Point State Park are the only state parks in Queens. • Abe Beame was sworn in as Mayor of New York City in a private ceremony in his Belle Harbor home on New Year’s Eve, 1973. • The Marine Park Bridge toll used to be a dime. That’s 10 cents. • Oh, let’s not forget: Rockaway is part of Queens. Sorry, Brooklyn. • The hockey rink off the boardwalk at Beach 108th used to be a basketball court known unofficially as McGuire’s Park because famous basketball players, Al and Dick McGuire played there often. • There were shops and attractions on the boardwalk in the Beach 30s—most were destroyed by a fire in September, 1969. • In the late 1930s, there was an airport in Edgemere called the Rockaway Airport. It was taken over by the military during World War II and never reopened as a commercial airport after the war. • The prayer garden of St. Francis de Sales on Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 129th and Beach 128th Street was the former site of the Seville Hotel which was used as a nursing home for many years. • Enrico Caruso had a summer house in Bayswater.

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Queens Public Library


Branches located in Rockaway

Arverne Branch 312 Beach 54th Street Arverne, NY 11692 718 634 4784 Hours: Mon and Thu 12pm-8pm, Tue 1pm-6pm, Wed and Fri 10am-6pm Broad Channel Branch 16-26 Cross Bay Boulevard Broad Channel, NY 11693 718 318 4943 Hours: Mon and Thu 12pm-8pm, Tue 1pm6pm, Wed and Fri 10am6pm Far Rockaway Branch Undergoing A Rebuild, Mobile Library Available 1637 Central Avenue Far Rockaway, NY 11691 718 327-2549

Hours: Mon 9am-8pm, Tue 1pm-6pm, Wed and Fri 10am-6pm, Thu 12pm-8pm, Sat 10am-5:30pm Peninsula Branch 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard Rockaway Beach, NY 11693 718 990-8502 Hours: Mon 9am-8pm, Tue 1pm-6pm, Wed and Fri 10am-6pm, Thu 12pm-8pm, Sat 10am-5:30pm Seaside Branch 116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard Rockaway Park, NY 11694 718 634-1876 Hours: Mon and Thu 12pm-8pm, Tue 1pm6pm, Wed and Fri 10am-6pm

This shot by Kay Hernandez was chosen as a Top 30 in The Rockaway Times Photo Contest. Look for it as part of the Photo Expo on the boardwalk, Broad Channel, and the ferry dock.





DELIVERY to Broad Channel and the Rockaways!

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t. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has been serving the students of the Rockaway peninsula for over 100 years of academic excellence. The academy prides itself on building a firm foundation in the Catholic faith and conveying the knowledge needed to help students achieve success in high school, college, career, and beyond. Graduates go on to accomplish great things while they continue their faith-filled journey through life. As a vibrant and thriving school community of over 550 students, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy boasts a myriad of fantastic resources within each classroom. First and foremost, a dedicated, hardworking and talented faculty boast various degrees, advanced certificates and trainings that help them incorporate the best instructional practices into their classrooms. In addition to the state mandated curriculum and standards-based units, the academy offers Earth Science and Algebra I Regents classes, enrichment STEAM activities, Spanish in second through eighth grades, and art, technology and physical education in pre-kindergarten to grade eight. A full-time Special Education Coordinator provides differentiated small group literacy support and handles all IESP reviews and implementation.

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Students participate in all types of enrichment programs including Legos, Mad Science, Band, Abrakadoodle Art, Schoolhouse Chess and Balanced Kidz. The Academy also offers early drop off and an after school program, where students can complete homework, play and socialize with friends. This year the Academy was proud to begin a Preforming Arts Club, which put on their 1st production of the show “Suessical Jr”. In recent years the academy has been proud to unveil a brand new Lab Learner STEM lab that is used by grades K-8. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy also utilizes SMART Board technologies in every classroom, and has a state-of-the-art 1:1 technology initiative in grades K through eight. Each content area is facilitated through Google Classroom and are fluidly integrated with every student’s Chromebook and/or iPad. The renowned Wilson Language FUNdations program was introduced into the Kindergarten and 1st grade curriculum in recent years and will be expanding to 2nd grade in September 2019. Throughout all of these activities, programs, and content areas, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy remains at its core, a Catholic based environment. The Catholic faith guides every lesson, and Jesus Christ remains the Master Teacher. 

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RB Hotel on the Horizon By Katie McFadden


ome for the sunset, stay for the sunrise. That’s what the folks at Bungalow Bar say about their bayside bar and restaurant with great food, cool drinks and can’t beat views that draw in guests all night long, but by next year, the same folks that own that bar will be bringing people a place to rest their heads overnight—the Rockaway Beach Hotel. The Tubridy family knows how to keep people In Good Company, as they’ve shown with their 11 different properties across New York City under In Good Company Hospitality, Inc. The Rockaway Beach Hotel may be their biggest and best project yet. Slated to open by April 2020, this six-story boutique hotel offering more than 50 rooms, will finally give visitors a place to stay other than someone’s couch. And it will be more than just a hotel, but a food and beverage destination. The space will feature a large banquet hall, perfect for weddings, and a year-round restaurant for all to enjoy. The rooftop bar will offer beach and bay views, as you sip on a cool cocktail. After a long day at the beach, treat yourself to a service at the hotel’s spa. And if you’re not feeling the beach, head to the hotel pool, which will also have its own bar. All of these perks will be available to hotel guests, but the Rockaway Beach Hotel will also be a community hotspot, allowing all to stop by and enjoy its features. For the Tubridy family, bringing a hotel to town was a longtime dream. For the public, that dream started to take shape in 2015 when In Good Company first revealed their plans. In 2016, the developers purchased Dalton’s restaurant and their plans grew bigger. Demolition began in early 2017. Construction moved full speed ahead in 2018 and this summer, the building will be topped off and the exterior will be enclosed, with interior work starting to take place. To make the construction site a little more attractive, the construction fencing will be used for an outdoor art show,, much like it was for

the he BLVD Project in sumsum mer 2017. And by April 2020, if all goes smoothly, the Rockaway Beach Hotel will finally be a reality, with other elements like the rooftop bar, pool and restaurant coming after the initial hotel opening. “We deserve a good hotel, a world-class hospitality destination. We are ready to tell Rockaway’s rich history, but we are also ready for its next chapter. Rockaway’s a lifestyle, unlike any other in this city, so it’s unlike any other in the world. That’s something to be shared, valued and proud of. So we deserve a nice hotel,” Terence Tubridy said. In the meantime, you can experience In Good Company’s hospitality at longtime bayside eatery, Bungalow Bar. Bungalow spent some time in the spotlight, featured on Bar Rescue as Jon Taffer’s Hurricane Sandy comeback project, which gave Bungalow Bar a big boost upon its reopening, but locals have always seen it as a go-to spot since it opened 11 years ago. With a massive deck to enjoy the sunshine or the skyline views over the bay, occasional live music, indoor seating to cure those rainy day blues with the same great American fare and seafood offerings on the menu, plus a backyard tent space for your party needs, Bungalow Bar has got it all and it’s no wonder they’ve kept people coming all year long. “At Bungalow, you’re right on Jamaica Bay and in one snapshot, you can see the A train, an airplane, a boat, jet skis and if you look in the distance, you have the New York City skyline. It’s an urban oasis, where you’re surrounded by all this marine life and you kind of feel like you’re on vacation when you get out to the back deck and you have an acoustic musician playing and you’re just staring at the water, enjoying a drink,” Dee Tubridy said. “You come in as a stranger and leave as a friend, you come for the sunset and stay ‘til sunrise and it’s a place that gives you that laid-back feel while enjoying quality food, good prices and a great atmosphere.” To check out Bungalow Bar, head to 377 Beach 92nd Street on the bay, and stay tuned for the Rockaway Beach Hotel, coming to Beach 108th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

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hile the term “Rockaway Beach” is often used interchangeably to describe the peninsula as whole, it is in fact its own unique neighborhood. By zip code, it begins at around Beach 98th Street, and going eastbound is the first use of the 11693 zip code. Rockaway Beach is home to the 100th Precinct, one of the two NYPD stations that serves the neighborhoods of the Rockaways. The A train crosses into Rockaway within the boundaries of Rockaway Beach, and the western side of the line in Rockaway makes three stops in the area at Beach 90th Street, Beach 98th Street, and Beach 105th Street. The Q22 runs the length of the street that takes the neighborhood’s name, Rockaway Beach Boulevard (one of the major thoroughfares throughout the entirety of the peninsula), along with the Q53 and Q52 which run into Queens.

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Rockaway Park


ockaway Park stretches from approximately Beach 123rd Street to around Beach 98th Street. Beach 116th Street and its immediate surrounding area make up the commercial lifeblood of the western end of the peninsula. From Stop & Shop to Rogers (open since 1919), to the headquarters of The Rockaway Times, the commercial area of Rockaway Park is simultaneously in constant flux, but a consistent mainstay in the lives of Rockaway residents. Rockaway Park serves as the “transit hub” of the west end. The A train’s western terminus is on Beach 116th Street, connecting uptown residents to midtown Manhattan via one of the three shuttle trains in the city’s subway system (and if you’re lucky the occasional A train in the morning or evening rush hours). The north end of the block at the corner of Newport Avenue serves as the first stop for the Q35, which runs up the beginning of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn all the way up to Nostrand Avenue, where you can get the 2 and 5 trains. Just outside Pickles & Pies and Rogoff ’s is the Q53, which while providing an often-hellacious ride up Woodhaven Boulevard, nonetheless connects Rockaway to the borough of which it is nominally part of. Despite being a commercial area for most of its boundaries, Rockaway Park is indeed home to many houses and apartment buildings. This neighbor-

hood the h d is i often f h introduction i d i to Rockaway R k ffor many visitors, and it should keep you coming back for more exploring. What’s new? The condo development on Beach 116th is fully underway. The long-abandoned theater has been sold. Construction on the hotel on Beach 108th Street is underway as well. And Happy Jack’s Burger Bar and the Rockaway Farmers Market are some new additions. Rockaway Park is hot and that’s that.

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Pedal Power By Katie McFadden


iding a bike is part of the culture of Rockaway, and it’s by far the best way to get around in the summer. With crowded streets, packed trains and limited parking in the summer, biking to or around the peninsula is the way to go. With a bike path along the brand new boardwalk, biking around town is as easy as it was pre-Hurricane Sandy, but there are also plenty of other places to explore by two wheels. The boardwalk is the most obvious (and still great!) route but there are other ways to roll. Take a ride down to Beach 24th to 26th Street and the beach block to see a bit of Rockaway history in the Far Rockaway Beach Bungalow Historic District. Get a glimpse of the different styles of tiny houses that used to fill the peninsula by the hundreds. Aim for the bayside and work your way up to Rockaway Community Park between Beach 51st and Beach 58th Street. It looks like a typical city park at first, but venture beyond first base of the baseball field, walk along the wooden bridge, and you’ll find yourself in a serene oasis. It’s simply awesome. On the west end, Riis Park has a concrete boardwalk and art deco architecture, what more could you want? Well if you’re hungry, stop by one of Riis

Park Beach Bazaar’s many eateries. In the summer, it’s best to go early in the day, before the crowds arrive. Later in the day, it’s a human obstacle course. Watch out for the clueless! Fort Tilden is a must-see. Fort Tilden, starting at Beach 169th Street, is home to the Rockaway Theatre Company, the Rockaway Artists Alliance’s art galleries, plenty of old military buildings often decorated by graffiti, and Battery Harris, which is topped with an observatory that offers breathtaking views of the beach and the bay. Be sure to park your bike by the big staircase and climb to the top. The bridges invite you to off-peninsula sites. You can check out Dead Horse Bay and Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn by going over the Marine Parkway Bridge or you can stay in Queens and visit Broad Channel and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge by taking the Cross Bay Bridge. Biking really is the only way to go!

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ere’s a little more about us: The Rockaway Times is a free week-ly paper published on Thursdays. We deliver door-to-door from Beach 149th to Beach 84th Street and make more than 70 bulk drops from Broad Channel to Breezy Point to Far Rockaway. Hard to believe, but we’ll be celebrating our Fifth Anniversary this June 26, 2019. Our first headquarters was in “the booth,” which is now occupied by Belle Rock Car Service at 114-04 Beach Channel Drive. A couple of years back, we moved just about 100 feet across the parking lot to another office. The Rockaway Times is a free paper (and so is the 116-page Summer Guide) but its quality has been officially recognized by the New York Press Association. The paper has won awards every year since its inception at the Better Newspaper Contest. That’s not to say we don’t make mistakes. In fact, we won Best Blooper at the 2018 Newspaper Contest when we wrote a group was having a “Crap boil” when we really meant to say “Crab boil.” One is so much more appetizing !

Contests aside, we’re more than jjust a newspaper. We’re on Facebook. More than 14,300 people (and countM ing!) have liked our page. Instagram in is getting more and more popular and we’re thrilled to say we’ve got almost w 66,000 followers. More than 3,100 people get The Rockaway Times by email pl each week, too. ea We get a newspaper out, keep active on social media, produce this ac guide, sell t-shirts, sponsor a Sand gu Castle contest and the Photo Expo and Ca Contest with a small staff and a slightly Co larger army of volunteers. Namely our larg columnists. Sean McVeigh, Beth Hanning, Pete Mahon, Lou Pastina, Paulette Mancuso, Helen Kilgallen, Dr. Pete Galvin, Gille Ann Rabbin, Shane Kulman, Sharon Feldman, Katie Terino, Kami-Leigh Agard and John Cori are the main (and vital) contributors. We also run a Local Color weekly feature in which we print photos readers send in. We get more than we can print. There’s more. But we’ve got to get this week’s paper out!

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The Green Room

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urfing and surfers have helped lead the revitalization of Rockaway. If you’re looking for surfing lessons, rentals, and more, there are a wide variety of places to go: The surfing beaches in Rockaway are between Beach 68th-71st Streets, Beach 90th-92nd Streets, and Beach 110th-111th Streets. Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding areas are at Beach 32nd Street and at Beach 57th Street.

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rverne by the Sea doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look like anything else in Rockaway. To its west on Shore Front Parkway are Dayton and Surfside Towers, 12-story high apartment buildings that have been around for decades. To the immediate east there remains a lack of beachfront property in Edgemere and other parts of Far Rockaway. But from the Ocean Breeze Condos on Beach 80th Street to the neighboring Waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Edge complex on Beach 60th Street, Arverne by the Sea has led a revitalization of the south side of Arverne and is a primary symbol of the overalll Rockaway RenaisRenais sance. Arverne by the Sea is split up into six separate â&#x20AC;&#x153;neighborhoodsâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Ocean Breeze (which is exclusively condos), Palmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing, The Sands, The Breakers, The Dunes, and most recently, The Tides, which offers residential rentals and retail shops. Arverne by the Sea has spearheaded the remaking

of the north side of Rockaway Beach Boulevard by bringing in the Rockaway YMCA, a giant Stop & Shop, a transit plaza on Beach 69th Street, and a retail area on either side of Rockaway Beach Boulevard. A specialty wine and liquor shop, Vino by the Sea, Boardwalk Pizza, and a second Cuisine by Claudette location are worth your visit!

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oxbury looks like a New England seaport town from the Marine Parkway Bridge or from the top of Battery Harris in Fort Tilden. Roxbury is part of the Breezy Point co-op. The neighborhood is just west of the Marine Parkwayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and across the road from Fort Tilden. Roxbury is bound on three sides by public parkland which is part of Gateway National Recreation Area. Brooklyn lies across the Rockaway Inlet. The neighborhood was founded in the early 20th century by Irish immigrants as a bungalow colony. It was under water just several decades before, but became viable as the Rockaway peninsula naturally spread west. Roxbury is transitioning from a summer oasis to a year-round community. Its population varies during the year, but one report states that the population is 1,098. As with Breezy Point to the west, Roxbury is private property.



ecause Gateway National Recreation Area is located in two different states, the laws of each state determine what kind of permit you need to fish at the park. Gatewayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fishing Parking Permit is required at all times at several fishing sites in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island; and for night fishing at Sandy Hook. The permit is good for the calendar year at all units of Gateway National Recreation Area. If you would like to fish after hours and will not travel by car, you need to obtain an after-hours park access permit. Fishing Parking Permits are a park-wide permit and can be obtained in any unit of Gateway. Breezy Point Tip: A four-wheel drive beach permit is available for $50, beginning February 1 every year. The four-wheel drive permit is valid anywhere at the park where the fishing parking permit is honored, allowing the driver access to the tip of Breezy Point. These permits are available in limited numbers, often selling out within a few weeks. The operator must present the following equipment at the time of permit registration and carry each item at all times when driving off road at the Breezy Point Tip: 7-foot (minimum) fishing pole, reel and tackle, shovel, tow chain or rope, jack, jack support board, tire pressure gauge, appropriate spare tire, trash container (trash bag) and portable toilet. Call 718-338-3799 for season and permit distribution information.

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The 2019 Photo Expo


he boardwalk is a beautiful thing made more beautiful by the photos adorning the boardwalk railing. What’s the story? The Rockaway Times started a modest Photo Contest in 2016 because we know so many talented picture-takers live here. The NYC Parks Department liked what we had and said we should go bigger and better. And that’s what we’ve done. With Parks, The Jamaica Bay – Rockaway Parks Conservancy, and NYC Ferry, we run a contest in the spring and select a Top 30 and ten Honorable Mentions. Those photos get enlarged at Duggal Studio in the City and soon thereafter, the Parks Department carpenters put them up for display. Later in the summer, we have a Finals ceremony at the Beach 106th concession and a top winner is selected. The winner gets a $500 prize and the photo gets a front page on the weekly Rockaway Times. 2018 winning photo by Don Riep




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Out Of The Fog, Before Summer Takes Hold

By Lou Pastina


o you remember Hunter S. Thompson? He wrote several Fear and Loathing books about the Hells Angels, Las Vegas and the presidential campaign trail for his publisher Jann Wenner at Rolling Stone magazine back in the 1970s. He is the father of “gonzo” journalism, famous for his outrageous hijinks, running up huge liquor and drug bills for the magazine as he partied his way through essays. When the boss of this periodical asked me to do a cover on Rockaway, I asked for a similar expense account but was met with disdain! The boss said, “Get on your bike and see what’s happening in town, and no expense account!” Well, times being what they are, I accepted the assignment. On a foggy morning, well ahead of summer, I climbed upon the Schwinn multi-gear two-wheeler and took off on an adventure in search of what’s happening in town. Now I should note that I am not a great observer of the obvious,

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so many of the things I am about to impart have been going on for some time, but frankly since they have been in plain sight, I simply haven’t noticed. Probably not a good trait for someone whose job it is to write about what’s happening in their town, but nonetheless, here we go. Jumping on to the boardwalk at Beach 126th Street, I detected nothing different from my last ride six months ago. The ocean was still to my right and the Ocean Promenade apartments were still to my left. The hulking mass known as the Chai Home For Adults is still standing there, hanging on by a thread. Why someone hasn’t bought it and put it out of its and (our) misery is beyond me. As I come to the bend in the boardwalk, I notice that the residents of Beach 120th or thereabouts have put in a lot of work on a makeshift garden, and I silently salute their hard work and vision. But at this point it’s time to roll downhill toward Beach 116th Street and there is plenty going on. The condos adjacent to Cuisine by Claudette are taking shape nicely, and if Claudette’s was a public company, I’d be a buyer. Across the street, work is proceeding on the old movie theater as that whole section of the block will also be converted to condos. There is much work happening at the foot of 116th Street and I can only imagine the chain reaction of changes that will flow up north to the bay from the beach block. Unfortunately, the eyesore across from the lifeguard stations is still there and so I pedal onward toward 108th Street. I go especially fast past the St. John’s Home, the scene of many bad things this winter, and hope for a safe passage as I will no doubt be riding back this way summer nights after using my non-expense account at the concession stands. Up ahead though, I can see the fourth or fifth floor rising of the Rockaway Beach Hotel on 108th Street. This building is moving quickly and will be a game changer for this whole area. Can you imagine, that in the future you won’t have to put up family and friends in your house every summer, but can direct them to an actual hotel in Rockaway! Praise the lord, good things are happening. As I come to the bend at 108th Street, I notice that the city is working on the Shore Front side of the boardwalk from 108th Street to 105th Street. It looks like they are designing gardens, paths and play areas. I hope they will be finished this year, because it looks like a lot of work and it will beautify the area. As I begin to ride by the concessions at Beach 106th and 97th Streets, I notice that the owners/lessors are painting tables and getting ready for opening soon. As I continue to ride into the fog, I look to my right and I see huge pipes all over the beach, ah yes, they are pumping in sand to enlarge the beaches that have been so devastated the last two years. It occurs to me that perhaps the winter months have clouded my judgement about Rockaway, maybe we are still rising, coming up, getting better. Maybe it’s not over, maybe it’s only the beginning of the Renaissance! Damn, if only I could get that expense account from the boss now!

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The Rockaway Theatre Company, Inc.


he Rockaway Theatre Company, Inc. is a not-forprofit 501c3 arts organization located at Fort Tilden in Gateway National Recreation Area since 1997. The RTC strives to improve the quality of life for residents of Rockaway and surrounding communities by bringing live quality entertainment at a nominal cost. The organization not only provides low cost, high-quality productions for the public, it also provides opportunities for performers of all ages to showcase their talents. The modern 240seat facility is handicapped-accessible and features comfortable restrooms and plenty of free parking. For the convenience of our patrons, hot and cold beverages and other refreshments are sold at each performance. For further information on reservations, travel directions, season subscriptions or our 2019 season productions, call the RTC Hotline at 718-374-6400, or visit



es, this is a summer (and community guide), but Rockaway just doesn’t go to sleep in the off-season. Some signature events are what makes this a year-round town. The Poseidon Parade is held in September and though it’s a relatively new event, it draws big crowds and sometimes wild seafaring costumes. It’s now a can’t-miss event. Halloween is as spooky and fun here as anywhere else. In December, The Little North Pole transforms Rockaway into a Christmas and Holiday wonderland. Big crowds come out to sing holiday tunes and welcome the guy in the little red suit. The unofficial start of spring is the Rockaway St. Patrick’s parade, held the first Saturday in March each year. Outside of the Manhattan version, it’s the biggest and best St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the City. And the Taste Of Rockaway, a spring bar and restaurant sampling event, is a sure sign that summer’s on the way!

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Far Rockaway


hirty-one miles of carbon steel connect Inwood in Upper Manhattan to what is effectively a different world in the same city. On a good day, it would take at least two hours to go from terminus-to-terminus on the A line, the longest in the New York City subway system. The southern end of the A is housed in the oldest subway station still in use, opening on July 29, 1869 in what was then and still is Far Rockaway. Far Rockaway is often used as a catch-all for the entirety of the peninsula, or at least the eastern half of it, but the nominal neighborhood starts at around Beach 32nd Street and encompasses everything east of that, excluding the Bayswater area. The extension of the Long Island Railroad in the 1880s led to massive growth for Far Rockaway, both as a tourist destination and a residential area. Between Beach 24th and Beach 26th Streets, a number of small bungalows were built in the 1920s, which now make up the federally-recognized Far Rockaway Beach Bungalow Historic District. By the 1950s, the discontinuation of the majority of LIRR service to the Rockaways, a drastic increase in the amount of public housing, and the subsequent flight of wealthy residents to the suburbs, led to the end of Far Rockaway’s prominence as a getaway spot and its transition to a diverse, low-to-middle income residen-

tial and commercial area. Community Board 14’s headquarters are located in the heart of the neighborhood on Mott Avenue. In addition to being the home of the subway/LIRR station, Mott Avenue houses several bus lines, restaurants, businesses large and small, numerous churches, and the 101st Precinct. Further down on Beach 9th Street is a popular playground and the beginning (or end) of the boardwalk that now runs continuously for 5.5 miles. The area is going under considerable change as new zoning and transit options lure developers. Ground was broken on a state-of-the-art library in the fall.


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ockaway k h has flatt surfaces f and d cooll ocean and d bay breezes. Sounds ideal for a place to run. The maestro of Rockaway running events, often under the Rockapulco Running banner, is John Edwards. He tells us this year the big events are: The Rockapulco 5k and Fire Cracker Half Marathon on July 13 and the End of Summer Half Marathon on August 24. There are several other charity runs. Broad Channel

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Belle Harbor and Neponsit


elle Harbor and Neponsit are two of the most affluent sections of the Rockaways. They stretch from approximately Beach 125th Street all the way up to Beach 149th Street. On Beach 142nd Street and Beach 147th Street in Neponsit, green plazas of trees, grass, and other flora go up and down the blocks, separating the left and right side of the streets on wider blocks than normally found in uptown Rockaway. Belle Harbor has a large and increasingly diverse commercial area and storied church, St. Francis de Sales on Beach 129th Street. The vast majority of the rest of the two neighborhoods are entirely residential. The two intertwined areas date back ack to 1900, when a New York State judge ordered that the land west of Rockaway Park be put up for auction. The area that makes up Belle Harbor and the neighboring community of Neponsit was bought by Edward P. Hatch, whom after a couple years, sold it to the West Rockaway Land Company in 1907. Belle Harbor and Neponsit differ from other Rockaway neighborhoods in their

proximity to water. No house is more than four blocks from either the bay or the ocean. Owing to its residential nature, parking during the summer months is nearly impossible to come by in both neighborhoods, particularly on weekends. The beaches are among the biggest and cleanest in the area. Belle Harbor and Neponsit also feature some of the best architecture in all of the Rockaways.

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was in 1958, when I was 18. At the time, Beach 102nd to 108th Streets were officially dubbed, ‘Irish Town.’ It was all Irish people, Irish pubs, and Irish life. In one block, there were at least 37 pubs. It reminded me of ‘The People’s Street,’ in Galway, Ireland. Buses of people came from all over the country with people thronging in, not just for the beach, but the music. Some popular acts included the McNultys, Mickey Carton, also referred to as ‘Mr. Rockaway,’ who was massively popular here, and even appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. He was so legendary that a local street, ‘Mickey Carton Way,’ was named after him.” Baxter has even compiled a list of over 50 pubs in Rockaway that flourished back in the day. Baxter said, “From O’Gara’s, Sullivan’s, Dingy Dan’s, Fitzgerald’s, Gilroy’s and loads more, those were the good ole’ days when Irish music was the hub. Once Irish Town closed, (which is now the present-day high-rise apartment buildings of Dayton Beach West), though the music scene has changed, I love how it has evolved. Music is music. If it’s good, it’s good, and Rockaway offers plenty of that.” Errol Wander and Gerry Mancini of homegrown popular rock band, Solshyne, (marking their 10th anniversary this year), agree, and their love is classic/ psychedelic rock, which has become a staple in the local music scene. For Wander, who started playing in the 70s with several bands including High Noon, Rockaway has always been rich with venues to play and sow your music

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notes. “This community is unique because I don’t think other small towns like ours have that same vibrant music scene. In the 70s, there were so many places to play like Gilroy’s, Boggiano’s, The Paddy Wagon and Toby Jug, which is the first place I ever drank legally. Rockaway is truly a classic rock town. From the Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers, these are all bands that inspired not just our generation, but our children’s, and even their children. Look at Wine With Sue, (who are celebrating their 25th year anniversary Labor Day weekend); these locals guys are a generation after us, and popularizing the music of our era. As someone recently told me at one of our shows, ‘Locally, is where this music really lives the best,” Wander said. Mancini says what makes Rockaway special is the open camaraderie, not just with the love from dedicated fans, but amongst the bands. “It’s such an open door policy here, no ego nor competition. I could just be in the audience vibing to the music, and would get invited to come up and sing. As artists, we genuinely like each other, and have the same passion to share the muse in our souls,” he said. Guy Nevirs of wildly local popular band, Squid, known for its squidalicious melting pot of funk, NOLA, jazz, folk and rock acoustics, says playing music in Rockaway has a special magic that bands from other towns envy. “Everyone wants to play here. I’ve been playing music here since the 70s, and witnessed the evolution in the diversity of music and venues, especially after Sandy. I think the local music scene is better than ever, and this is why everyone wants to play here.” So folks, come out and jam with Rockaway’s finest! To find out what’s poppin’ on the local music scene, keep reading The Rockaway Times’ Good Times page.

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hether you’re a Rockaway native or down-for-the-day and ready to play, bayside dining is the best way to beat the heat. Tunes and treats for every taste as well as jaw-dropping sunset views of the city skyline that van Gogh would vouch for, make our Jamaica Bay the ultimate dining destination. -MJ DIEHL

THE WHARF With its “Ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it” approach to family-friendly bar food, The Wharf is “old school” in the best possible way—consistent, affordable, classic Rockaway offerings with a seafood flair that even SpongeBob would savor. The Wharf has several decks, an indoor bar, as well as a dock—you can actually drive a boat to the place. In fact, it used to be the location of an exclusive boat club back in the day. Be forewarned, the particularly amazing views may distract from dining. But, don’t miss out on “the most robust lobster roll” on the peninsula or a special off-menu option called “The Crabster Roll,” a combo of lobster, crab and clam. Enjoy marinated steak, fish tacos, burgers and rotating specials every week, as well as live bands on the weekends. The Wharf is an unpretentious, laid-back spot that will become an instant favorite with friends and family. Parking is available and it’s cash only. 416 Beach 116th St, Rockaway Park/ 718-474-8807

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The East Is Not Least By Kami-Leigh Agard


leven miles long, with a minimum of fifteen named neighborhoods, Rockaway has variety and then some. While millions of visitors make a beeline for the more popular west end spots, the east end has untapped treasures, beckoning coastal lovers to discover. Here’s five reasons why you should head east for Rockaway’s signature NYC seaside experience: 1. What’s better than what seems like your own private beach? Check out Beach 38th. A local in the know says, “I love going to the beach there. It almost feels like you’re on your own private beach. Everyone coming from Manhattan or Brooklyn heads to the Beach 90s, where they literally have to squeeze in to get a spot with their beach umbrellas on the sand. Over here, it’s the complete opposite — quiet, less populated and the stretch of sand from shore to the ocean is long. If you are looking for a serene beach getaway experience — minus the crowds, this is the spot to be.” 2. Great surf minus the rogue drop-ins. Both veteran and newbie surfers alike agree — Rockaway is a fantastic surf spot year-round. However, the main breaks on Beach 86th and Beach 92nd get jampacked, and not to mention testy. So if you’re looking for awesome swells sans the crowds, head east. Beach 67th’s waves are just as steep and challenging as the break on Beach 92nd, just not as crowded and even a great spot for learning. Looking for even less crowds? Head to the Beach 30s. The swells are great — and even better — the vast ocean is just sprinkled with adventurous surfers. Note that the Beach

30s is not an official official surfing surfing beach beach, and with steep and erratic waves, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. 3. Looking to angle up for the best fish? According to longtime residents, Leona and Joseph Freel, if you’re looking to fish from the shore, Beach 17th to the first jetty on Beach 30th offers the best catch due to the inlet between Atlantic Beach and the east end of the peninsula. Leona Freel said, “I’ve lived in this area for over 50 years, and the fishing has always been great. From albacore, blue fish, fluke, stripe bass, snappers and even shark, with every season, there’s always great catch.” Surf fishing, which is the sport of catching fish standing on the shoreline or wading in the surf, is really popular, and you’ll see die-hard locals lining the beach with their fishing poles in tow. Joseph Freel said, “As locals, we know that as the temperature of the water and the currents change, the catch is different, but in this area, it never disappoints.” poi 4. 4 How about a one-stop spot for a day of family fun? fun O’Donohue Park on Beach 17th Street and Seagirt gir Boulevad has the only officially NYC Parks designated barbecue area, also offering handball courts, ign a baseball field, basketball court, the Dred Surfer conb cession stand, which features delish Caribbean food ce and an live music. Also, located just off the beach is the Far Fa Rockaway Skate Park, a smooth-running concrete park pa with stairs, rails, ledges, bowled corners and a volcano. And a great bonus is the parking lot convev niently located adjacent to the skate park. ni 5. Rockaway Caribbean Carnival. Mark your calendar! Saturday, August 17. Forget Trinidad and ca Tobago or Brooklyn — Rockaway outdid those popTo ularly-known destinations for Caribbean Carnival ul last la summer. And this year promises to be bigger and better! Read The Rockaway Times weekly edition be kicking off details. For more info on how to get coski tumes and details on headline performers, check out tu Facebook page: Rockaway Caribbean Carnival. Fa So, from a quiet beach with fantastic surfing, fishing, a one-stop day of family fun to the ultimate beach party, the east end is definitely the place to b be! b As in the Ramones song, “The sun is out and I want some. It’s not hard, not far to reach, we can w hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach.” And head EAST! h

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Breezy Point


reezy Point is truly a “sand-betweenyour-toes” type of place. Sand is everywhere. Breezy lies at the far western end of the Rockaway Peninsula. The community differs from other areas of Rockaway in that they are part of a cooperative, a private enclave where residents pay for a private security force, sanitation pickup, and more. The co-op has been in existence since 1960, though Breezy Point’s history as a summer getaway dates back to the early 20th century. In order to move in to the community, prospective residents must first be recommended by three current members of the co-op and then approved by the Board of Directors. While residents own their homes, the cooperative owns the By Lisa Murphy entirety of the area and residents hold shares in the co-op. Breezy Point is also Breezy Point drew home to some of the area’s best nature, particularly at national attention when it suffered catastrophic the Breezy Point Tip (part of Gateway) where piping plovers, terns, and other birds regularly congregate on damage during Hurricane Sandy, with a massive fire taking out hundreds of homes. Slowly, but surely, the peninsula’s westernmost tip. Breezy continues while on the mend. Each successive Visitors should stop at the guard booth if they plan summer, more and more residents return. New homes to visit friends or stores. The main road is a state road are built high off the ground, more ready for future and is open to the public but veer off it and you’re on storm events. private property.

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to pursue his true passion— tunes and tastes at the beach inspired by wife Metta and sister-in-law Karog Prom (a chef in Thailand for over 25 years). The extensive menu features sensational curries, seafood specials, and other popular Thai dishes, alongside regional specialties, such as khao soi (a mild Northern-style curry with egg noodles) and khanom jeen (fermented rice noodles with a fiery Southern curry). There’s a kid’s menu and fresh juice-infused drinks. Reservations are recommended on summer weekends and local street parking is available. 375 Beach 92nd St, Rockaway Beach/ 718-9455111

THE BAYHOUSE Brave the booth keeper worthy of border patrol at Breezy Point’s entrance because the locals are friendly, and the feasts can’t be beat. My favorite hidden gem on Breezy’s bayside is The BayHouse. Located on its own sandy beach, it’s a casual yet classy bar and restaurant (think shorts, not stilettos) offering inspired local favorites for brunch, lunch and dinner as well as a weekend pub menu until 12 a.m. There is a sunset-drenched outdoor deck, tasteful indoor dining room and bar, as well as a new roof deck which should be open this summer. Fan favorites are the seasonal scallops, risotto dishes, a NY strip steak with olive oil pasting and truffle glaze, and a 10 oz. cheeseburger that’s a serious

bang for your buck. Summertime brings live local bands on the weekends as well as karaoke nights during the week. Like the rest of Rockaway, it gets crowded weekend nights, so get there early and enjoy! An incredible backdrop for your next special event, contact owner Sean directly at 347-926-4926 for more info. There is parking. 500 Bayside Drive, Breezy Point

KENNEDY’S Whether it’s a first date or first Communion, Kennedy’s is a “destination experience”—a place where you feel special things could and should happen. So, it’s not surprising that it is a special events hotspot (I had a wedding party here that’s more memorable than the marriage, itself ). Decidedly upscale, don’t let its beach-bordered location fool you—save the bathing suits for the boardwalk. Kennedy’s post-Sandy rebuild is almost as breathtaking as the sunsets you’ll view from its window-walled, sky light-saturated dining rooms and bar. You’ll enjoy signature dishes like Pan Seared Florida Red Snapper in a Lemon Beurre Blanc sauce or CharGrilled Colorado Loin Lamb Chops in its open, airy, tastefully-appointed space. Reservations are always recommended but to sample the scene, an early week lunch or dinner is your best option. Unlike other venues in Rockaway, it’s not known for live music. However, their Jazz Brunch is a buffetstyle family affair that’s bucket list worthy, so secure your spot in advance. Parking is available. 406 Bayside, Breezy Point/ 718-945-0202


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here’s no shortage of natural and historic beauty in and around Rockaway. Here are some spots to check out to connect with the outdoors: • Far Rockaway Beach Bungalow Historic District: This series of intact, quaint bungalows, located on three blocks in Far Rockaway (Beach 24th, 25th, and 26th Streets), are a throwback to the types of homes that dominated the eastern end of the peninsula in the early 20th century. The bungalows have been subjects of numerous documentaries and articles and were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in July 2013. • Bayswater Point State Park: Tucked away in an otherwise residential neighborhood, this pristine park offers outstanding panoramic views of Jamaica Bay, bird-watching and fishing opportunities, and a chance for an easy, family-friendly hike. It’s essentially a secret that deserves much more recognition. 1479 Point Breeze Place, Far Rockaway, NY 11691/718967-1976 • Rockaway Community Park: Another little-known yet beautiful location. Containing 253 acres of unspoiled greenery and wildlife, the park juts out into Jamaica Bay and gives no hint of its more urban

surroundings. Like Bayswater Point State Park, it’s a great fishing location. Almeda Ave., Norton Ave. bet. Beach 58 St., Sommerville Basin and Beach 49 St., Conch Basin • Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge: The crown jewel of the area’s natural beauty. Part of the multi-state Gateway National Recreation Area, the refuge is world-renowned for its bird-watching (you can see osprey nests from Cross Bay Boulevard). Among the many other animals you can find are diamondback turtles, horseshoe crabs, and an abundance of fish. Check out the East and West trails. Visitors Center located at 304 Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel, NY 11693/718-318-4340 • Fort Tilden: Established in 1917, Fort Tilden used to be an active military base. Today it’s home to local art and theatre collectives, sporting fields, and more. Don’t be afraid to go exploring all around here—the abandoned battery buildings are now graffiti havens, and Battery Harris East offers stunning 360-degree views of New York City and Rockaway. 169 State Rd, Breezy Point, NY 11697/718-338-3799 • The Beach: Isn’t that why you came here in the first place?

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Off The Beach/Off The Bay MORE EATS AND TREATS

By Kami-Leigh Agard

Rockaway’s got the waterfront covered. Whether it’s bayside or oceanside, summer crowds flock to popular places from Breezy to Bungalow Bar. But we’ve got more than the coast to boast. Rockaway’s food and drink scene is poppin’! Here’s the 411 on where to go. Instructions: Step 1: Round up several hungry friends. Step 2: While dining or drinking, celebrate your appetite and social life. Step 3: Give yourself a high five for supporting a local business. (Note that this list is not conclusive, as the writer penning this guide literally had no more room in the stomach, much less this page).

BEACH 129TH STREET Pico: This contemporary Mexican kitchen offers classic street food, including tacos and guac galore, plus overflowing frosty margaritas and tequila. 419 Beach 129th Street/ 718-945-3474 East Meets West: The take-out Chinese eatery is wellknown for not just its fast service, but yummy food! 421 Beach 129th Street/ 718-474-5999 Plum Tomato: Whether you’re craving pizza or pasta, there’s so much to choose from at this eat-in or

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BEACH 116TH STREET Belle Harbor Steakhouse: Your belly will be singing at this locally-adored old world restaurant, famous for its steak and seafood, not to mention first-class service. 268 Beach 116th Street/ 718-318-5100 Last Stop Gourmet Shop: Gourmands—whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner—this eatery will definitely be your last stop on your quest to please your cravings. 222 Beach 116th Street/ 718-945-6450 Pizza D’amore: As Dean Martin sang, “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore,” well a pipin’ hot slice at Pizza D’amore will hit not just your eye, but your tummy. 208 Beach 116th Street/ 718-474-0020 Cuisine by Claudette: From their famous Spinach and Feta Turkey Burger to their vegan falafel menu and eye-popping pastries, this health-conscious cafe has something for everyone. 143 Beach 116th Street / 718-945-5511 Tiberio Di Mare: This traditional Italian restaurant is a hidden gem offering a cozy atmosphere to romance [CONT. ON PAGE 106]

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What is Rockaway Waterfront Alliance Doing this Summer? By Daniel Borrero, Youth Leadership Administrator


ou’ve seen them at different events from dune plantings to Earth Day Rockaway. Donning their cool T-shirts, these young people are part of teen programming at Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA). RWA is a non-profit organization that provides enriching education and community programming to instill both individual and civic respect for nature, and contributes to advancing the physical, economic, and social sustainability of the Rockaway peninsula. Since its founding in 2005, one of the core elements of RWA’s mission has been engaging local youth. RWA’s biggest teen program is Shore Corps, a service learning program providing participants with career and stewardship skills. Participants are placed at local organizations, such as NYSurf and the Caracas Beach 106th concession, where they

are mentored by professionals. Participants also get the chance to kayak and surf! This year, Pa Shore Corps will host two Paddle and Clean-Up days on July Sh 13th and 20th that will be open to the public. 13 For those interested in science research, RWA also has Environmentor, a year-long program providing participants En paid internships to conduct field research with scientists pa along Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway shoreline. Last year, alo projects included dolphin dorsal fin research with Gotham pr Whale and a beach bacteria study with Brooklyn College. W For younger kids ages nine to 13, RWA offers Aqua 101, its Summer Day Camp. Aqua 101 participants kayak, surf, and swim, while also learning about marine science and rean newable energy through fun science and art projects! There ne is still space available in Aqua 101, so please visit rwalliance. org to register. or RWA is based at the RISE Center. The RISE Center is a ccultural and community center located in the restored firehouse at Beach 59th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd. For more information, please visit: For more information about any of our programs, contact us at

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Secrets Of Rockaway Hiding In Plain Sight Quick quiz? Where is Point Breeze Place? No, not in Breezy Point. It’s actually on the other end of the peninsula in Bayswater. And did you know there are only four official New York City landmarks in Rockaway? The most recent ones, named in May 2018, are the 101st Precinct Police Station and the firehouse on Central Avenue. They join the Beach 116th Street firehouse, landmarked in 2013. But in 1970, an old cemetery in Far Rockaway, now known as the Cornell Burial Ground got landmark status. Although it’s cool to know such a landmark exists, there’s not much to the place. With no tombstones visible, the grounds look like any other empty lot in Rockaway and are not accessible since a lock on the fence keeps you out, even though as the joke goes, you are dying to get in. Bayswater itself is a secret to many on the west end of the peninsula. Too bad, it’s a bucolic neighborhood with some of the most beautiful homes on the peninsula. Norton Drive on the waterfront qualifies as a truly scenic drive. The last turn you can make on Mott before the road turns into Baywater State Park is Point Breeze Lane. Here you’ll come across an old shuttered mansion on a plot of land just shy of an acre. It’s a got a couple of brick columns at the entrance with “Sunset Lodge” etched into each. The house was inhabited by an assortment of eccentrics and has its own colorful history. It was eventually taken over by the Audobon Society and is now part of Bayswater State Park. Which is the only state park in Queens. Bayswater state park is worth a picnic or at least a stroll through. It sits on 12 acres with beach, marsh, and woodlands. There are a couple of picnic tables and no people. It’s a great spot to appreciate the bay’s beauty and enjoy a unique view of JFK. It’s worth the trip (by bike or car). On the west end, there’s Fort Tilden. Everybody knows Fort Tilden. But nobody really knows Fort Tilden. Maybe some of the park rangers have it down, but with the overgrowth of trees and plants, there are more and more secret spots each season. You can climb to the top of Battery Harris and get a breathtaking view of New York Harbor. One spin around

aand you can see Long Beach, Brooklyn, The B City, and New Jersey. C You can veer off a path that leads to a p fresh water pond and fre come upon a dune pepco pered with bullet shells pe from when the fort was fro an active military base. Kids used to call it Bullet Kid Hill. Hi Bunkers and supB ply huts can be found throughout the fort. thr Some were long buried Som until Sandy washed away unt their cover. thei Sandy revealed some S lost treasures but wasn’t to Shore Road. The so kind k mile-long road along the mile beachfront was upended beac the storm. A composite by th road was supposed to be place by now but well, in pl not. it’s n Off the beach, paths and roads lead to all sorts of surprises. The remains of a Nike missile launch site, bunkers with tram tracks, and concrete buildings that could have had any number of uses are sprinkled throughout the park. They are becoming harder to spot because nature is overtaking them. If you can find the heavy doors leading to a tunnel and wide supply room, you’re a Rockaway explorer par excellence. And while secret spots in Fort Tilden are never ending, there’s another secret place nearby in plain sight: Breezy Point. It’s a private community, so keep that in mind. If you live in an apartment, you wouldn’t like strangers walking through your hallways. They feel the same about their lanes and alleyways. Kennedy’s is visible from the state road so it’s an easy find and easily among the finest places around. The Bayhouse is at a beautiful spot right on the bay. It’s the first right turn past the security booth. But here’s the crucial tip: stop at the booth and get a token or pass. If you’re really adventurous, you’ll want to explore the 4-wheel drive area at the very end of the peninsula. You’ll want to know about those bungalows that sit on the bay at Beach 85th Street; you’ll want to take a bike on the path that runs under the Cross Bay Bridge and runs behind Beach Channel High School. Maybe you’ll turn on Beach 43rd and go all the way until the end on the bayside. Rockaway has surprises. You just have to get off the beaten path.

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Community Board 14 What are Community Boards?

Elected Officers

Community Boards play an important role in improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers. Your board can help you with issues/problems regarding City agencies and quality of life. Boards also play an advisory role in dealing with land use and zoning matters as well as capital budget issues.

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What issues does the board discuss?

Contact Info:

The board at its monthly meetings discusses issues like: Quality of Life, Land Use /Zoning, Public Safety, Capital and Expense Budget items, as well as other important issues of the day.

Dolores Orr: Chairperson Aldean Moore: 1st vice chair Daniel Mundy: 2nd vice chair Felicia Johnson: 3rd vice chair Martin Ingram: 4th vice chair Issac Parsee: Secretary/Treasurer Eli Shapiro Michael Tubridy

Community Board 14 Jonathan Gaska – District Manager 1931 Mott Avenue, Room 311 Far Rockaway, NY 11691 718-471-7300

Who is on the Community Board? The Community Board is comprised of up to 50 unsalaried members appointed by the Borough President and Councilmembers that represent the District. These volunteers attend board meetings and committee meetings each month.


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t’s nearly an impossible task to pick a photo for our Summer Guide. But then again, it’s nearly impossible to go wrong when you’ve got so many great ones to choose from. Luckily, we have many great ones to choose from because we get to sort through hundreds that were submitted to The Rockaway Times annual photo contest. The judges have a tough time narrowing down the entries to a Top 30. They always pick great shots but that doesn’t mean theyy pick p one that

deserves to go on the cover of our esteemed summer magazine! For the second year in a row, our choice for the cover did not make the Photo Expo finals so, again, we respectfully disagree with the judges! After a lot of back and forth, The Rockaway Times staff selected the photo of the rainbow and lifeguard chair by Alexis Stathis. Alexis, a Rockaway native, is finishing her nursing degree at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. Alexis, Lexi to friends, took the shot on Beach 133rd Street Stre with a Nikon D5100 D51 in the spring of 2017. She lives 2 nearby and when nea she caught sight of tthe rainbow she grabbed her camera and ran cam onto ont the beach. Lucky Luc us! The photo captures tur Rockaway in so many ways. The rainbow is magical rai and an hopeful. The lifeguard chair, life with wi water at its legs, leg reminds us we need protection as we tec await aw jetties and safeguards against sa future, inevitable fu storms. st But above all, it’s it’ just awesome. And that’s so Rockaway in the R summer. It’s why su people flock here; pe it’s it why we don’t want to leave (for w any an reason!). Although not one o of the Top 30 3 in the photo contest, Alexis’s c photo will be p enlarged and be e put p on display as part p of the 2019 Rockaway Times R Photo Expo. P Great shot, Lexi! G

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ou know what they say, there’s the right way and the Rockaway. So, let’s try to straighten out a few things even though it’s futile. What are people from Rockaway called? (Hey, don’t be a wiseguy). Rockawayites is the clunky default name. Rockawayans is a bit catchier but just doesn’t stick. Mostly, people are just “from Rockaway.” And not, The Rockaways. No resident of the peninsula should tell mainlanders that they are from The Rockaways. It’s allowable for highway signs and maybe, newscasters, to use the plural because the peninsula has Far Rockaway, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, and Rockaway Point. But locals should never say they live The Rockaways. They live in, they are from, Rockaway. Singular. Although if they want to be specific and tell people they live in Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Rockaway Beach or Far Rockaway, that’d be

fine. Oddly enough, whether on or off the peninsula, you’re unlikely to hear someone say they’re from Rockaway Park, though it’s the only so-named place in the entire county. There are plenty of places named Rockaway and Rockaway Beach. (The Ramones, however, only hitched a ride to the one in Queens). You can be from Far Rockaway but only rubes think it’s the whole peninsula. Visitors butcher this all the time. Newscasters, tweeters and instagrammers, will be at the boardwalk concessions or standing on Beach 129th Street and tell the world they’re in Far Rockaway. Drives us crazy. There’s another place, it’s called East Rockaway. We think it exists just to confuse people. It’s more far than Far Rockaway and is actually part of Nassau County. And it’s not part of the Rockaway peninsula at all. This is a summer guide, so here are some directions. Whether you’re coming here, leaving here, or standing here, just call it Rockaway. There’s only one!

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Oasis Ramen House: This Japanese ramen house has locals swooning over its steaming ramen noodle bowls chockfull of your choice of meats, vegetables and seafood. 92-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd/ 718-318-3888

Community House: Community House’s motto is “Our house is your house!” And you’ll certainly feel quite at home enjoying comfort food while sipping a creative cocktail or craft beer. 101-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd/ 347-619-9417

Rockaway Roasters: This popular cafe with its cozy couches is more than just a coffee shop, but also a popular local hangout, offering a variety of fresh juices, smoothies, and açaí bowls. 92-06 Rockaway Beach Blvd/ 718-474-2500

RESTAURANT ROW: RBQ: The mouthwatering aromas wafting from the kitchen of this popular barbecue Boulevard spot will have you salivating as soon as you walk in. Their signature mac and meat entree is definitely king! 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd/ 718-318-7427


Whit’s End: Walk into Whit’s, and you’ll immediately understand why they have a cult following, not just for the off-the-hook food, but its badass owner. From personal pizzas to the f**#!? good burger, you’ll be bewitched. 97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd/ 718-945-4100 La Barracuda Food Garden: Check out this beachy outdoor paradise serving Colombian beach fare cuisine, gourmet fries with all the fixins’ from Fry So Fine and an onsite STARBUCKS. 196 Beach 97th Street Connolly’s: You truly haven’t experienced Rockaway until you hang out at this legendary watering hole

Goody’s: From jerk, curry, barbecue and more— Goody’s offers the best of the Caribbean, right here in Rockaway! 7018 Amstel Blvd, Arverne/ 718-318-9616 Tacoway: Located at the magnetically-popular Rockaway Beach Surf Club, this taqueria’s fish tacos are such a Rockaway summer addiction that locals and visitors alike restlessly wait all winter for their Tacoway food-fix. 302 Beach 87th Street Pizza, Pizza: Want a slice, want a pie. Why not give these a try? Boardwalk Pizza (347-619-8002); Ciro’s (718-474-8068); Elegante (718-634-3914). Treats: Mara’s Ice Cream Parlor, 92-14 RBB; Fat Cardinal Bakery 196 Beach 92nd Street

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SUMMER C ALENDAR Start marking your calendar with these great summer happenings, but be sure to check the weekly Rockaway Times for updates. Saturdays, May 25-August 31, 8:15 a.m. YOGA ON THE BEACH Beach 108th Street Free yoga led by Helen Kilgallen. Bring a mat or towel. June 1 & June 2, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. ROCKAWAY/ BREEZY POINT IRISH FESTIVAL St. Camillus Parking Lot Beach 100th Street Irish music, food, vendors and more. Tuesdays, June 9-August 13, 7:30 p.m. ZUMBA FITNESS WITH MAXIE Beach 17th & Seagirt Blvd Get in your dance workout. Weekends, June 8 Through June 30, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. RAA’S STORIES IN PRINT sTudio 7 Gallery Fort Tilden See the Rockaway Artists Alliance’s latest exhibit featuring printmaking works. See June 14, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. SILENT SOUL NIGHT O’Donohue Park/Beach 17th Street Grab a pair of headphones and experience a silent soul dance party! June 15, 7:30 a.m./10:30 a.m. FATHER’S DAY HALF MARATHON & 5K Beach 102nd Street Join in this Father’s Day run. See for info. June 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ROCKSTOCK & BARRELS FESTIVAL Beach 90th Beach Surf & skate contest, live music, vendors and more. June 15, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. ROCKAWAY BIKE PARADE RISE Center 58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard Decorate your bike for this wellness in motion parade. See for more. June 15, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. ROCKAPULCO GOLD FESTIVAL 114-04 Beach Channel Drive Beer and bands like Graytrippers, Fools Night Out, 3 Sheets to the Wind, Squid and Wine With Sue. June 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. SUMMER KICKOFF Beach 108th Street Hockey Rink Music, arts and crafts, inflatables & more. June 28, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. AMPSURF FUNDRAISER Knights of Columbus (Beach 90th)

Help AmpSurf raise money for adaptive surf programs with a silent auction, food, & music. June 29 & 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ROCKAWAY CRAFT FAIR Boardwalk Location TBD Shop from dozens of vendors. July 5, 8 p.m. MOVIE NIGHT: INCREDIBLES 2 Beach 59th Street Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy this outdoor family movie. July 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. WATER FESTIVAL Beach 108th Hockey Rink Waterslides, bounce houses, face painting and more. July 6, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. TWO BRIDGES MUSIC FESTIVAL LA Barracuda 196 Beach 97th Street See some of the best musical talent Rockaway has to offer. July 11-13, TBD HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS WEEKEND Wounded veterans come to town to enjoy a weekend at the beach, starting with a welcome parade on Thursday. Thursdays, July 11-August 29, 7:30 p.m. ZUMBA UNDER THE STARS Beach 108th Hockey Rink Join Lisa G for this dance workout. July 12, 13, 14, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. ROCK!AWAY! MUSIC FESTIVAL Location TBD 3 days of live music from local bands. Weekends, July 13-August 4, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. RAA’S BEACH ELEMENTS sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden See works of art featuring the beach or elements of it. See www. for info.

July 13, 7:30 a.m./10:30 a.m. FIRECRACKER HALF MARATHON & 5K Beach 102nd Street Join in this event run. See rockapulcorun. com for info. July 14, 8 p.m. MOVIE NIGHT: MARY POPPINS RETURNS Beach 94th Street Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy an outdoor movie. July 20 & 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ROCKAWAY CRAFT FAIR Boardwalk Location TBD Shop from dozens of vendors. July 27, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. THEY WILL SURF AGAIN Beach 67th Street Volunteers help people of all disabilities surf with adaptive equipment. See LifeRollsOn. Org to register to volunteer. July 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. RT SANDCASTLE CONTEST Beach 117th Street Craft a masterpiece out of sand for a chance at a prize. All ages welcome. Sponsored by The Rockaway Times. August 6, TBD NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME Enjoy a night of family-fun with local police precincts. August 9, 8 p.m. MOVIE NIGHT: CAPTAIN MARVEL Beach 59th Street Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy an outdoor movie. August 17, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL Bayswater Park/Bay 32nd Street Celebrate West Indian culture with music and dancing. August 17 & 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ROCKAWAY CRAFT FAIR Boardwalk Location TBD Shop from dozens of vendors.

July 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ANIMAL ROCK Beach 94th Plaza A celebration of our relationship with animals featuring various animal resources.

August 24, 7:30 a.m./10:30 a.m. END OF SUMMER HALF MARATHON & 5K Beach 102nd Street End the summer with a run. See for info.

Weekends, July 19 - August 4, 2 p.m., 8 p.m. ROCKAWAY THEATRE COMPANY’S “NEWSIES” Post Theatre in Fort Tilden See for tickets and info.

September 21, 12 p.m. POSEIDON’S PARADE Starts on Beach 106th Boardwalk Nautical-themed art parade.

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