A couple weeks ago we gave you a rundown of new and returning food, transport and lodging options in Rockaway. With beach weekend #2 now upon us, here’s what else is making a splash this summer.
- Roberta’s at Beach 96th Street. Last summer the restaurant had a portable oven at Beach 64th Street; this summer they’ll be slinging pies right in the heart of it all. Look for them on the weekends, across from Rockaway Taco at Beach 96th Street and next to an itty bitty flea market featuring multiple vendors throughout the summer.
- OvRride the Beach The Rockabus is out of commission this summer, but that doesn’t mean the NYC Beach Bus has a monopoly on boozed-up rides to the peninsula. Next week OvRide, which has long been running snowboarders out to the mountains, will start making beach trips from Union Square in Manhattan, Urban Rustic in Williamsburg, and Skate Brooklyn in Park Slope, out to the following stops in Rockaway: Playland Motel, Rockaway Beach Surf Club, Beach 84th St., and Breakwater Surf Co. The fare ($14.95 one way, $24.95 round trip) includes free refreshments aboard the charter coach bus, a free drink at Playland, and discounts at various local businesses.
- The Rock: The newest wine bar on the burgeoning strip that includes Sarya’s and Uma’s opened earlier this month, and boasts a rustic interior similar to that of Sarya’s. Read more here and check out the tapas menu here.
- Camp Rockaway: This throwback tent colony doesn’t exist yet, but you can see a prototype of one of the safari-style canvas tents at the Hester Street Fair’s new promenade this Sunday. With the help of a Kickstarter campaign that has raised $10,000+ so far, Kent Johnson, founder of design/build company Milktrout LLC, aims to create a bayside campground that will include private fire pits, outdoor showers and hot tubs. (Update: asked whether a plot of land has been located and secured, Johnson tells us, “We’re currently sniffing around for properties, and looking mainly along the bay side.”
- Fort Tilden: Don’t forget, this witty indie flick about a pair of Williamsburgers trying to get out to the beach (filmed partly in Rockaway) screens at the LES Film Festival this weekend.