Chilly weather might be looming over New York, but it’s never too soon to start dreaming of another three months of sun — especially if you’ve got this beachfront condo ready to go for next summer.
Listed for $325,000, this condo at 91-16 Shorefront Parkway is steps from the Rockaway Beach boardwalk. It has one bedroom, one bathroom and a large private terrace; the brand-new kitchen, open to the living/dining room, is sleek with stainless steel appliances, caesarstone countertops and Poggenpohl cabinets. (more…)
For the past two years, the Rockaway Mermaid Brigade has won the Best Motorized Float award at the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. Now this venerable group is organizing the first-ever Poseidon’s Parade closer to home — from Beach 106th Street to Beach 95th Street on the newly built boardwalk in Rockaway Beach — on Saturday, September 19.
Set to start at 11 am, this inaugural, family-friendly march will not feature any of the flamboyant costumes that often fill Brooklyn’s Surf Avenue during the Mermaid Parade. The focus will be on artistic expression with judges giving out prizes based on creativity and craftsmanship.
More information and another image are on the jump page.
Sandra Gottlieb loves to take photos of the Atlantic Ocean while standing on the sands of Rockaway Beach. Depicting the sky, the water, and waves at different times of day and during different seasons, the images contrast light, texture, and form.
During the October 2013 hurricane season, the waves were bigger and more powerful than usual. So Gottlieb used a 300mm fixed lens to capture the crests of the waves and the hollow sections and the troughs between crests. She worked at sunset, when the light and atmosphere were most intense and the light’s reflection off the water created colors and textures within the waves.
From now until October 31, the New York Hall of Science is presenting October Waves: 2013, a display of 30 photos by Gottlieb with the central theme of changing light and shifting tides. The idea is to portray the timeless quality of being at the edge of the sea.
Another stunning photo and more information are on the jump page.
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?