Our Paddle8 tour of the outer boroughs continues, this time making a stop at Rockaway Beach. Stay tuned for posts on Greenpoint and Sunset Park!
Found stretched along the coast of the Atlantic on the most southern tip of Queens, New York, is the neighborhood known as Rockaway Beach. This is where Long Island begins, and a straight three to four hour drive up the shore will lead to the beach’s luxurious sister, the Hamptons. Beach life in the city is a rare commodity, and as Rockaway Beach offers vast open views, lush landscapes, a laid back attitude, and a slower pace, many city dwellers have fled to this locale for an escape from hectic city life. Drawn to Rockaway Beach for its mixture of urban life, preserved surroundings, and relaxation are young artists, designers, foodies and surfers alike, bringing new life to the ever changing landscape of New York.
After Memorial Day, be sure stop by the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk, where you can find Rockaway Tacos, a small Mexican diner owned by Andrew Field and David Selig. Maybe you’ll run into Paddle8 artist Tom Sachs, who frequently visits the now famous food shack! Or perhaps after visiting the elusive and mysterious Fort Tilden, check out some Paddle8 favorites like Veggie Island for organic greens and juices, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Babycakes for drinks and vegan sweets.
We’re looking forward to the annual end of summer Rockaway Beach Art Party. Curated by Shaun Kessler, Patrick Walsh and Olivia Wyatt, the party is an interdisciplinary extravaganza with art installations, live music, and synchronized swimming performances! Be sure to stay tuned for more details when the warm weather begins.
Artists we like in Rockaway Beach: Tom Sachs.