It was down to the wire but over the weekend the Parks Department managed to open the first stretch of the rebuilt Rockaway boardwalk, from Beach 86th Street to Beach 97th Street. Scott Lynch, who snapped the above photos, told us the new boardwalk (rockwalk?) was “handy and pleasant and the wavy-line thing is a nice touch (yes it’s concrete, but you can’t have everything) and the new seating is kind of snazzy.”
According to the Parks Department’s pre-Memorial Day update, there’s further work to be done on this first stretch, including the installation of grandstand seating at Beach 91st Street and the replacement of temporary lighting with (knock on wood/concrete) permanent poles.
Phase two, from Beach 97th to 107th, will start in June and be completed by Independence Day.
The entire 5.5-mile promenade, from Beach 19th to Beach 126, should be done by Memorial Day 2017.
We’ve already noted that Rockaway Taco is being replaced by revolving-chef concept The Summer Shift (check out the opening day menu here) and, on the other side of the peninsula, Jacob Riis Park has added the Riis Park Beach Bazaar. On the boardwalk, the song mostly remains the same, with Caracas and Conchos holding it down at 106th Street, Rippers doing duty at 86th, and the concession at 96th Street shared by Low Tide Bar, Lobster Joint, La Cevicheria, Citysticks, Uma’s, Bolivian Llama Party, El Palenque, Breezy’s BBQ, and La Fruteria.
But there are a couple of newbies, as well: over in Far Rockaway, DredSurfer Grill is now serving up Caribbean grub at Beach 17th and the Boardwalk. And Bythebeach Coconuts + Creations is doing double duty at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar and at Beach 67th Street.