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08.27.14 Bucky Turco

In October, the city will discontinue ferry service between the Rockaways and Manhattan. Originally set up as a temporary fix after Sandy walloped the area, a lot of New Yorkers have come to love this aquatic method of commuting and don’t want to see it end. This includes some Broad Channel residents and feisty Queens […]

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08.08.14 Marina Galperina

At the Burning Fleshtival, “Hey, man, can you help me out?” really means “Hey, man, check this rock chained around my balls for me?”  The Red Light District is a basement of a house in the suburbs on the beach in New York City. Walking around the Rockaway neighborhood, you’d never know that behind this nondescript house, […]

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06.19.14 Sophie Weiner

Fort Tilden will open again on June 29th with a day-long event. This will “kick-off the Rockaway! public art festival and celebrate the reopening of historic Fort Tilden, which has been closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy,” organizers write in the press release. This will be the first event of the Rockaway! Arts Festival, […]

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06.06.14 Marina Galperina

Trio Sean Blaise, Stacks the MenACE and TrisNev released this “Fuck Off The Rock” rap video as an angry response to FEMA’s failings in fixing their Broad Channel and Rockaway post-Hurricane Sandy, and to the gentrifiers. According to DNAinfo who spoke with these young men (most are current or upcoming college freshman), the single calls out FEMA and the “‘contrived […]

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05.27.14 Andy Cush

The beaches of the Rockaway Peninsula will become the latest NYC public spaces to get free Wi-Fi, Parks Department Commissioner Mitchell Silver announced over the weekend. The city will provide internet access at Beach 9th through Beach 12th streets, Beach 73rd, Beach 86th, Beach 97th, Beach 106th, and Beach 116th streets, DNAinfo reports. Good news: you’ll be able […]

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05.13.14 Andy Cush

The Rockaway ferry — instituted in 2012 to cope with transit outages after Hurricane Sandy — has funding to continue running through this summer while the city seeks a permanent third-party operator. According to am New York, Mayor de Blasio’s executive budget contains $2 million to keep the service going. “Our local homeowners and businesses are […]

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01.16.14 Andy Cush

The city released renderings of the new Rockaways boardwalk this week, and they look pretty much as you’d expect. Gone is the mostly wooden construction that was demolished in Hurricane Sandy, replaced with a sleek concrete walkway. Truth told, it looks more like a sidewalk than a boardwalk, but should hold up better against future […]

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09.27.13 Andy Cush

Captain Steve Rauchut was returning from a fishing trip in the East Rockaway Inlet Wednesday when he snapped the above photo of Humpback Whales feeding just off of Far Rockaway, Queens. He saw three at a time, and estimates there were three to five whales total. “It was 30 feet or less that they were […]

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09.12.13 Andy Cush

A visit to the luxury offers website Gilt City turns up deals for a spa in midtown, tickets to a “culinary conference,” pilates classes, and… a guided tour of the Rockaways’ fancy new post-Sandy lifeguard stands. The tour, part of a monthlong architecture celebration called Archtober, the will take place on October 29, which is, […]

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08.22.13 Andy Cush

Good news for Rockaways straphangers and those stranded by service suspensions on R train. The Rockaway ferry, which recently began making a stop in Sunset Park on its way to Manhattan, will continue service until January. Ferry service was initially supposed to end this month, but was extended thanks in part to a push from […]

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