Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Locals Only Guide to Rockaway Beach

If you're a New Yorker and don't have the luxury of friends with a house in Montauk or only have one day free....or you're a surfer, Rockaway is your ideal destination. It's the closest beach to the city and one of our favorite spots to spend a long summer day. With a local in our office, we're able to offer you the Locals Only Guide to enjoying Rockaway...
Get there: Hop on the A train in Manhattan - make sure you take the Far Rockaway bound train, not the Lefferts. If you want the bustle of vendors, music and herds of people, transfer to the Shuttle train at Broad Channel and take it one stop to 91st.   If you want a more mellow experience, but harder access to food and bathrooms, take the A train straight to 67th St. For a dose of salt air, take your bike on the ferry.
Eat: Rockaway Taco often has a line down and around the block on the weekends. If you can stomach the wait, get a fried fish taco and some sweet plantains. Or try an arepa at Caracas, a warm cornmeal pita stuffed with avocado, beans, cheese, plantains.....mmmm.  For coffee and fresh juices pop into the cool little corner shop, formerly Veggie Island. You might also catch an artisanal ice cream sandwich at Holland Helado later on.
Sleep: Playland Motel is bustling with young "hipsters" and is a fun spot to have a drink, play cornhole out back, dance if you want to, and sleep. Their rooms are beautifully decorated by different artists. If you've got a car, stay at Truck-a-float, for the best night of sleep in a strange place. Make sure you go with someone you adore because quarters are close. If bound to Manhattan, stay at the W Hotel Union Square - they'll transport you out to Rockaway and provide you with the full beach experience.
Drink: The concessions stands on the beach are always fun, but for sunset head to The Wharf on 116th. You won't be able to find it because there is no signage and it's tucked away in a parking lot behind a gas station.  The unappealing approach makes reaching the back deck even more refreshing. You'll get a stunning view of sunset and Manhattan...far in the distance.
Shop: Edgemere Farm is a community farm located in the 40s, offering cozy farm to table dinners on Thursday nights and Saturday farmers markets. Or, you can pop by to say hi and to learn more about urban agriculture - volunteers are always welcome too.
Photo by John Suhar
Surf: The Army Corps of Engineers has been working hard to rebuild the beach after Sandy. Too bad for surfers, the waves aren't breaking like normal. Still, there's something to catch at the designated surfing beaches at 67th and 91st St. If you have a car, you could go to the secret spot....but we can't tell you where that is. If you want a lesson, call Locals.
Photo by Reece Pacheco

Volunteer: Surfrider Foundation always has projects going on (e-mail volunteercoordinator@nyc.surfrider.org to get involved). Pay for your waves and just pick up trash on your own - on Sunday evening there is plenty! Beautify Earth is an organization painting murals all around town.

Enjoy! E-mail customercare@loomstate.org if you need more suggestions. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sea Change | NRDC in Montauk

NRDC Crows Nest Montauk

The Natural Resources Defense Council, NRDC, hosted a relaxing afternoon beach benefit at The Crow’s Nest in Montauk. The afternoon featured live music, fresh food and refreshments, giant bubbles, and breezy waterside views while learning about the NRDC Oceans Campaign. See more photos here >
NRDC Crows Nest Montauk
This campaign focuses on solving the devastating ecological conditions of the world’s oceans. NRDC is working to restore marine vitality through efforts to end overfishing, create marine protected areas, improve oceans governance and combat threats like ocean acidification (learn more). Attendees of this event can proudly show their support of NRDC Oceans Campaign by wearing the tshirt donated by Loomstate!

NRDC Crows Nest Montauk
Need organic cotton blanks and custom graphic design for your event? E-mail GregHahn@loomstate.org for more information.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ride the Subway, Surf the Waves

W Hotel in Union Square, NYC is offering a Surf + Stay package, perfect for the traveler that wants to experience the energy, activity and buzz of NYC, while getting a refreshing, outdoors experience. Yes, you can surf in NY and Rockaway is a welcoming place to start.

Included in the package is a weekend stay in Manhattan, lesson from Locals Surf School, transportation to/from Rockaway Beach, a beach bag full o' goodies, lunch at Rockaway Beach Surf Club.  Plus, 10% of your purchase will go toward Graybeard's Sandy recovery efforts.

We've partnered with Brooklyn's Imaginary Surf Co. to design the GLASSY surfboard above. It will be auctioned off at the end of the season with 100% of proceeds going to Graybeards - stay tuned for how to enter.
Here's a sneak peek of David shaping the board in his Brooklyn studio...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Rockaway Beach Cleanup in the New Yorker

new yorker bob eckstein cartoonist

Last month we hosted a beach cleanup with Surfrider and Skraptacular in Rockaway Beach. We found A LOT of junk....but some junk was so beautifully salt-encrusted that we decided to make some sculptures out of our findings.  This caught the eye of New Yorker Cartoonist Bob Eckstein, who captured the event in full color!

See the full New Yorker blog post here.