Locals Only Guide to Rockaway Beach
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Volunteer: Surfrider Foundation always has projects going on (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.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.
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