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Summers at Rockaways 2019

Three young women eating ice cream cones at the beach

Here’s a little gem that everyone at the NYC apartments for rent should know about — Rockaway Beach. It’s a well-known expanse, located in Queens, and this year, the action should be better than ever, since the beach is now fully re-opening following some extensive renovations that took place over the past year:

“Rockaway Beach is making a comeback. A prime stretch of the Queens beach will reopen with the rest of the coastline this summer after its shrinking shore was replenished with mounds of sand. The seaside span was shuttered last summer after the beach suffered heavy erosion following a series of powerful storms.”

So, now that the beach will be back in full swing, it’ll be in your best interests to learn as much as possible about the area and what it offers, so you can head down and have a great time in the sand and under the sun. We’re here to help in that regard, as we break down the basics on Rockaway Beach, and introduce you to all the ways you can have a great time on this 6-mile stretch of paradise.

Background on Rockaway Beach

First things first, let’s introduce you to Rockaway Beach, shall we? It’s the name of both the beach and the neighborhood that surrounds it, a stretch on the Rockaway Peninsula in the borough of Queens. It’s a small and unassuming area, but one with substantial charm, and a great reputation for fun and beauty (on account of that beach and boardwalk area). Fun fact: this is the largest “urban beach” in the US, and, at last count on the census, the area was home to some 13,000 residents.

Now, to have some fun at Rockaway Beach, you’ll first have to get there. If you don’t have a car of your own (or have a friend with one you can bum a ride from), you may need to turn to public transportation. Hop on the A Train, and you’ll eventually land yourself nearby, but if you don’t want to head on the train, you can also make use of the ferry to carry yourself over there, and you can even catch a roundtrip bus ticket that will get you to and fro with minimal hassle or fuss.

Once you’re at Rockaway Beach, you’ll have your pick of what activities you’d like to enjoy. We’ll be covering a few notable options in our next section, including facilities at the beach, cool restaurants to try, and the like.

Having Fun in the Sun

If you want to hit the ground running, you can show up to the beach and start by taking part of any of the many facilities that are available. According to the official NYC Parks website, you’ll find quite a bit located along the beach, including:

  • Barbecuing areas
  • Baseball fields
  • Basketball courts
  • Fitness equipment
  • Handball courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Roller hockey
  • Skate parks
  • Volleyball courts

So, if you’re into sports or fitness, you should have no trouble finding something that fits your fancy, then getting your body moving. After a few matches, rounds, or games, though, you might find yourself in need of a break, at which point, you may want to stop in at one of the restaurants or bars located along the Rockaways.

If you’re looking for decent options, TimeOut New York has the lowdown on some of the best restaurants and bars in the Rockaways, which include choices like Tacoway Beach, Riis Park Beach Bazaar, Bungalow Bar, Rockaway Brewing Company, Little Choc Apothecary, Uma’s, Rippers, Rockaway Beach Surf Club, Cuisine by Claudette, Whit’s End, Connolly’s, and Sayra’s Wine Bar.

With your energy somewhat replenished, you might then want to just spend some time relaxing on the shore, of which there is plenty. It can get crowded, though, so be sure to stake out some good ground for yourself, and prepare to unwind as you watch the tides roll in and out. It’s not a bad way to enjoy the beach, if we do say so ourselves, but it’s not the only way to enjoy the beach either. Rockaway is also known for its regular events, and you’ll want to stay abreast of those if you want to make your beach visit a kind of special event for you and your crew.

Events at Rockaway Beach

Take a look at the Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk Event Calendar, and you’ll see that the are is not lacking for things to do. Recurring events like Yoga on the Beach are always a hot ticket. Usually taking place on Saturdays, it’ll give you chance to practice yoga in the sand, under the guidance of expert instructors from the Ocean Bliss Yoga Studio and alongside plenty of other like minded yoga fanatics.

Movies Under The Stars is another great choice, and grants the opportunity to catch a free screening of a great flick on the beach and in the middle of that great summertime beach weather. You’ll want to make sure you bring a blanket with you, as chair space is usually limited (and is on a first-come, first-serve basis).

Then there are one-off events like the Plover Day Festival, which seeks to educate locals about delicate New York wildlife (the Piping Plover, in this case) and provide awesome opportunities to see the beach from a new perspective. Whatever you decide to do at Rockaway, though, it’s sure to be a great time. Be sure to schedule some time in your summer calendar to get out there and enjoy.

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