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Come for the Beach, Stay for the Brisket at Rockaway Beach BBQ

(Photo: RBQ on Instagram)

After a bit of a delay, Rockaway Beach BBQ (RBQ) is finally up and running in the site of the former Playland Motel, which was sold to investors in 2017. Officially opened earlier this week in time for the 4th of July, this offshoot brought to you by the team behind Swingbellys in Long Island is sure to whet any famished beach-goer’s appetite.

Two of RBQ’s business partners, Ryan Moroney and Jacob Marlin, are from the area. Marlin, who’s also the head chef of RBQ, spoke fondly about returning to his native roots. “Oh, it’s a great feeling. Between friends and family and the community board, everyone knows us.”

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Summer Is (Officially) Here and It’s Time to Party

This Thursday marks the the summer solstice (aka the longest day of the year), and we are so ready to celebrate. Kick off summer in the city with these eight festive events.

Joe’s Pub Block Party – Voices of Immigrant America – Thursday, June 21, 1:00-7:00 p.m.

(Photo: Joe’s Pub)

Joe’s Pub Block Party returns to Astor Place this Thursday afternoon. It touts a pretty incredible lineup of immigrants and performers of color, featuring the mambo and North African beats of the Yemen Blues Duo and the classically-trained voice of Treya Lam, among others.  This event is part of Make Music New York, which “energizes the shared social spaces that make NYC a cultural capital” through city-wide music festivals on the summer solstice, per their website. More details on this year’s block party here.

Location: Astor Place
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Eleven Excuses to Stay in New York for the Memorial Day Weekend

(Photo via Elsewhere)

Stuck in town this Memorial Day weekend? You’re better off avoiding the mile-long airport lines anyway, so consider yourself lucky. But just in case you’re tired of hitting up to Smorgasburg for the third weekend in a row or staring at your computer screen as you Netflix your life away, Bedford + Bowery has put together plenty of options to keep you entertained over the long weekend.

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Hit the Beach and Snoop Inside of an Art-Filled Garage at Backyard Rockaway

The work-in-progress garage space and backyard. (Photo courtesy Backyard Rockaway)

The work-in-progress garage space and backyard. (Photo courtesy Backyard Rockaway)

It’s difficult to predict the exact start date of yard sale season– or as I like to call it, “that time a stranger tried to haggle with my dad for the driveway basketball net that I was actively playing with.” As one Maine-based blogger Julie-Anne Baumer quips, “there seems to be a mysterious mathematical equation involving air temperature, the chance of precipitation, and square feet of house junk.” Looking at the weather forecast– and around my apartment– it would seem the season for distracted-er driving and voyeuristic perusal of neighbors’ undesirables is upon us. But for one “yard sale style display” in Rockaway, the start date is more than a month from now, on Independence Day.

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Brazilian Fusion (and Former Models) Up the Rockaway Beach Food Scene

Chef Carlos Varella and his wife, model Andressa Junqueira, at Beach Bistro 96. (Photo courtesy Andressa Junqueira)

Chef Carlos Varella and his wife, model Andressa Junqueira, at Beach Bistro 96. (Photo courtesy Andressa Junqueira)

I’m not on many models’ speed dial, so I was surprised when New York-based Brazilian model Andressa Junqueira called me to tell me about a new restaurant that she and her husband chef Carlos Varella just opened in Rockaway last week.

Called Beach Bistro 96, it’s taking over the space previously occupied by Anna Bow (and before that occupied by Veggie Island) to offer “Brazilian internacional fusion” fare, with dishes ranging from Brazil’s national dish feijoada (black beans with pork meat, rice, kale, orange slices and farofa), served on Wednesdays and Saturdays, to ratatouille and temaki sushi hand rolls.

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Rockaway Concessions Return With a New Breakfast Spot, Grilled Cheeses and More

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

We’ve already gotten wind that Rockaway is getting a beer garden, surf museum and bakery, and new food vendors at Riis Park Beach Bazaar, but what about the boardwalk concessions that made the peninsula such a summer destination to begin with? We’re told that the Rockaway Beach Club will return May 20– just three weeks from now. 

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Rockaway Brewing Co. Brings a Beach to Bushwick and More Beer to the Beach

Rockaway Brewing Co. co-owner Ethan Long visits the site of the Beach 67th Street and Beach Front Road pop-up location. (Photos: Rockaway Brewing Co.)

Rockaway Brewing Co. co-owner Ethan Long visits the site of the new Beach 67th Street and Beach Front Road pop-up location. (Photos: Rockaway Brewing Co.)

For several summers now, Rockaway Brewing Co. has been a fixture at the beach. Now the budding brewery is fixing to build a beach of its own, with a sandy oasis set to open near the Ridgewood/Bushwick border. Tentatively called Playa NYC, it’s one of three major projects in the works, the other two of which will be right on the brand’s namesake peninsula.

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Movie Night Curated by Greta Gerwig: Do The Right Thing

Among the flicks selected by actress Greta Gerwig to be screened inside of the new palm-tree oasis at Beach 96th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard are Last Days of Disco (starring kindred “it” girl Chloe Sevigny, Aug. 9), Woody Allen’s Broadway Danny Rose (Aug. 16), Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (Aug. 30), and The Landlord (Aug. 23).

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Movie Night Curated by Greta Gerwig: Broadway Danny Rose

Among the flicks selected by actress Greta Gerwig to be screened inside of the new palm-tree oasis at Beach 96th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard are Last Days of Disco (starring kindred “it” girl Chloe Sevigny, Aug. 9), Woody Allen’s Broadway Danny Rose (Aug. 16), Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (Aug. 30), and The Landlord (Aug. 23).

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Movie Nights Curated by Greta Gerwig : The Last Days of Disco

Among the flicks selected by actress Greta Gerwig to be screened inside of the new palm-tree oasis at Beach 96th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard are Last Days of Disco (starring kindred “it” girl Chloe Sevigny, Aug. 9), Woody Allen’s Broadway Danny Rose (Aug. 16), Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (Aug. 30), and The Landlord (Aug. 23).

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Beach Sessions: Rockaway Dance Series

Like the rest of Bushwick, Black & White Project Space is making a weekend escape to Rockaway Beach. The studio (part of Black & White Gallery) will launch a contemporary dance series on the sand at Beach 81st Street. During Beach Sessions, four local choreographers will make use of a 360-degree stage and channel the surrounding seascape into dance.

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Movie Night Curated by Greta Gerwig: The Landlord

Among the flicks that actress Greta Gerwig has selected for screening inside of the new palm-tree oasis at Beach 96th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard are Last Days of Disco (starring kindred “it” girl Chloe Sevigny, Aug. 9), Woody Allen’s Broadway Danny Rose (Aug. 16), Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (Aug. 30), and The Landlord (Aug. 23).