The very popular hipster destination Rockaway Taco is closing, reports Rockaway Times. Andrew Field, the man behind the taco joint, plans to open his own outpost, dubbed Tacoway Beach, on May 1st. The new location is at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club, where there will be an outdoor area to sit. The taco menu seems like it’ll be more or less the same, with alcoholic beverages added.
As for Rockaway Taco, Andrew Field’s former partner, David Selig, plans to build a “mobile shack” to take cross country. And according to the Times, “He also says Rockaway Taco will be back for the summer of 2016 (though where and in what form remains to be seen).”
Okay, is it summer yet? Seriously, we’re ready. Especially while checking out this one-bedroom co-op that faces the beach, at 130 Beach 121st Street in Rockaway Park. The unit comes with a beautiful balcony that we wouldn’t mind having ourselves. Also, the interior has been renovated, and we think the current owner did a very good job. There’s a very cute kitchen, hardwood floors, large closets and just overall a nice, comfortable space. All that’s left is the asking price, which comes in at $315,000.
This Saturday, March 14th, the Parks Department broke ground on renovations to the Rockaway Beach Roller Hockey Rink located at Shore Front Parkway and Beach 108th Street in Rockaway Park. Hurricane Sandy damaged the rink, which was heavily utilized by the community. $600,000 from City Council Member Eric Ulrich and $491,000 from the Mayor will go toward renovations, which include the following:
The reconstructed rink will feature new dasher boards, frame, and perimeter fence, and new recreational lighting will be provided based on the desire from the users. Additional site elements damaged in the storm include asphalt pathways, benches, drinking fountains, a scorekeeper’s box, fan seating areas, a brand new skating surface, and pedestrian light poles.
Construction should last until the spring of 2016. GMAP
This Wednesday, March 18th, the Jamaica Bay Greenway Coalition is holding its very first meeting of the year. And there are two big things on the docket: first, the Coalition will present updates on developing design plans for the Greenway, a 19-mile waterfront pedestrian loop around Jamaica Bay in both Brooklyn and Queens. Second, there will be a presentation on Project Underpass, which we wrote about earlier this month. It’s a proposal by the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance to transform the space under sections of the elevated A train into a greenway for walkers and bikers. There will also be an open discussion on ways to spread awareness about Jamaica Bay.
The meeting begins at 7 pm at the Ryan Visitor Center inside Floyd Bennett Field.
The Sugar Cube, an outdoor bar that operates out of a retrofitted shipping container, will open in the Rockaways this May. According to Rockawayist, this is the third summer for the popular drinking destination, which is a makeshift version of the waterfront bar The Sugar Bowl. The permanent bar was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy and has yet to be rebuilt.
I was invited to ride along with the Transportation Alternatives Queens Volunteer Committee’s social ride on Sunday, which ended up carrying me all over the western edge of a Long Island. The meetup spot was at the Jackson Heights Roosevelt stop on the 7/E/R/M, so I left Astoria and travelled via the R train. The trip played out over several hours, criss-crossed from Queens into Brooklyn and then back again, and I was capturing images the whole way. Want to see where we went?
The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance has released an ambitious park proposal under the elevated A tracks called Project Underway. Project Underway would span the length of the Rockaway Peninsula, ultimately transforming the space under the subway tracks into bike paths, footpaths, green space and public areas. The underpass is mostly underutilized and although much of the road is blocked off to traffic, motorist continue use the road making illegal turns on and off the road. According to the Alliance, there have been 278 vehicle crashes with 560 people involved along this stretch since 2011.
RWA is now working with the owners behind the Arverne By the Sea development (between Beach 62nd Street to Beach 67th Street) to build out this stretch as a temporary pilot project. The proposal here includes reducing storm water run off through green infrastructure landscaping, trash receptacles and different cultural programming. Project Underway includes two more phases to ultimately develop a plan with stakeholders and landowners to connect the entire stretch of underway from Mott Avenue to Beach 116th Street. The end goal, according to RWA, is to “connect both the east and west ends of the Peninsula and provide a safer and more equitable route that people of all ages can use to get to school, work or home.”
To see an outline of the proposal, check out the PDF.
Above, The Glorified Tomato captured the last of the wooden boardwalk being demolished along Rockaway Beach. Badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy, the city is in the process of slowly rebuilding it — a project plagued with setbacks, delays and controversial designs. The city, however, just received $480 million from FEMA to help along the process. The entire rebuilding should (hopefully!) wrap in 2017, with portions of the boardwalk open by next year.
It’s been a slow news day, so here’s a fun #tbt we picked up from The Wave’s Facebook page. Rockaway Archie, a local, shared the above photo with this caption: “TBT My Father (Lou Romas) standing in the doorway of my Grandfathers Restaurant (George Romas) some time in the late 1930’s early 1940’s. Located on Rockaway Beach Boulevard across from Uma’s, Next door to Uncle Louie G’s.” We always appreciate the old school throwbacks.