There’s no lack of frozen goodness in Rockaway (e.g. La Newyorkina, Ample Hills, Citysticks and Conchos) but everyone knows fro-yo is the mark of a neighborhood that has truly arrived. Enter Coastal Frozen Yogurt, just opened at 109th Street and Rockaway Beach Drive.
The corner space, which used to hold a scrappy convenience store and then briefly a cupcake shop, now looks like something crane-lifted from the Hamptons, complete with pinstripe awning. But don’t get it twisted, it’s locally owned and the walls were done by Geoff Rawling, who has previously done murals for local spots like Playland, The Wharf, and Thai Rock. (He’s also captain of the colorful Rockaway Dragonboat.)
The self-serve spot offers 10 rotating varieties of fro-yo and non-dairy sorbet (including cheesecake, pistachio, pomegranate-raspberry, and toasted marshmallow) with 40+ topping options. It joins Boardwalk Kites — the folks who’ve been flying those giant squid kites over the boardwalk the past couple of weeks — as the peninsula’s newest businesses.
And speaking of post-season frozen treats, the Riis Park Beach Bazaar (where Ample Hills is located) recently announced that it has extended its season by a month, and will close out on Sept. 27 with a free So So Glos show.
Coastal Frozen Yogurt, 108-19 Rockaway Beach Drive, at 109th St., Rockaway Park, 718-474-0700