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Rockaway Beach Surf Club Is Back, and Will Now Rock Southern Barbecue

Rockaway Taco is set to open tomorrow, and that isn’t the only great news coming out of the peninsula. Rockaway Beach Surf Club, the indoor-outdoor spot that hosted Tiki Disco’s last bash of the summer, is also back for the season (as the above trailer reveals) and will now offer food. The surf fiends who run the place have teamed up with the folks at Williamsburg restaurants Urban Rustic and Lodge to a launch Southern barbecue-inspired menu.
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Rockaway Is Getting a Slew of Street Art… and Maybe a New Roberta’s Project

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

As of this post, there are 30 days, 18 hours, 34 minutes and 19 seconds until the reopening of Rockaway Taco, per the countdown clock. But that isn’t even the most exciting thing coming to Bushwick-by-the-Sea.
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This Film Has It All: Rooftop Teepees, Reclaimed Water-Tower-Wood Surfboards

Just, wow. Any given frame of this short film created by Patagonia Surf Bowery along with Indoek (makers of everything from custom teepees to a Bro in the City app) is a diorama-like snapshot of what it is to be young and bearded in the Bedford + Bowery domain in the first quarter of this 21st century. If you aren’t sleeved up with pizza tats and don’t ride a fixie with dual skateboard and surfboard racks, you’ll want to study this video, starring the Bowery surf shop’s employees, to see what you’re doing so, so wrong. To that end, we’ve broken it down frame-by-frame, below.
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This Rockaway Restaurant Just Bounced Back With a Name That Spells Optimism

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Despite the flip-flops, Chris Miles had clearly come to his restaurant to work. He wore a pair of frayed camouflage shorts and a white “Connelly’s Rockaway Beach 2013” t-shirt that was peppered with holes, slightly exposing his tan skin. As he sat in a dining room full of unwrapped furniture, contractors worked diligently, installing new lights and booths in the bar area. The room was electric with determination.

On Oct. 17, nearly a year to the day that Sandy wiped out his seafood restaurant on Beach 129th Street, Miles and his business partner Bill Keating reopened the business as Pico, a Mexican eatery. It’s been a long time coming. A year ago, Sandy took dead aim at the neighborhood of Belle Habor, and filled Rockaway Seafood Co. with three feet of ocean. The storm’s massive tidal swells caused an electrical short and sparked a fire around 130th Street. While the fire didn’t consume the entirety of Miles’s business, it did kiss the rear of the building, burning out a storage room and a 15 by 20 foot section of the roof.
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Tiki Disco Had One Last Epic Beach Bash

So, yeah, the loss of Odessa Bar put a damper on the weekend; luckily, Tiki Disco was there to blunt the pain with a rager at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club the next day. Downtown photographer Justin Jay, who has a bungalow nearby, dropped in and shot the photos above. Click through them to experience the torpid, dark-and-stormy-fueled madness of Tiki’s last installment of “Bushwick by the sea” and be glad you didn’t have to wait in line for the bathroom. The guys will be back in Brooklyn this Sunday, at Output’s rooftop Canopy Bar.

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There Will Be Mud Wrastlin’ and Crab Crackin’ in Rockaway Tomorrow

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(Photo: Michael Harlan Turkell)

If you missed the crab feast at Cafe Ghia in Bushwick last night, don’t worry — there’s still a chance to get crackin’, and oh what a chance it is: East Village farm-to-table fixture Back Forty is taking its Tuesday night crab boils to Rockaway this Saturday and then again on Aug. 31. Starting at 3 p.m. at Low Tide Bar (at Beach 96th Street and the water), $25 gets you a bucket of spiced blue crabs, corn on the cob and steamed potatoes (or it’s $15 for a half-size bucket).
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This New ‘Surf Shuttle’ Will Take You From LES to LI

No, this isn't the actual shuttle. (Courtesy: Surf Shuttle NYC)

No, this isn’t the actual shuttle. (Courtesy: Surf Shuttle NYC)

As mentioned in our 4th of July rundown, the Rockabus now has another competitor in the Beach Bus. But what if you think Rockaway is so over now that it has a haute motel and no hard liquor on the beach, and a trip to Coney is out of the question because you’re scared the Astrotower might fall?
Enter the Surf Shuttle.
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Rockaway Rundown: Bluth-Style Frozen Bananas Coming to 97th Street (+ More)

Bolivian Llama Party getting ready to Rock. (Photo: BLP's Instagram)

Bolivian Llama Party getting ready to Rock. (Photo: BLP’s Instagram)

Earlier this week we noted that Caracas had reopened in Rockaway with a new sidekick at its Beach 106th Street concession stand.
Now a Parks Department spokesperson confirms that Rockaway Taco won’t be doing flautas at the 97th Street stand this year. But these places will be back by tomorrow (in fact, they’re opening today, according to this tweet from Motorboat and the Big Banana).
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Rockaway Concessions Gain Roberta’s Pizza, Ice Pops, Fro Yo… But Lose Booze

So, yes, Rockaway has three new outdoor drinking spots – but what about the boardwalk concessions we already know and love?

The good news is this: Roberta’s has set up a mobile pizza oven on a short stretch of boardwalk on Beach 69th Street and will be slinging pies on the weekends, weather-permitting.
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