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. More →
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. More →
At the time of this posting, there are 37 days, 20 hours, 49 minutes, and 5 seconds until Rockaway Taco reopens (per the countdown clock), which means it’s time to think about how the heck you’re going to get out there. More →
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. More →
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. More →
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.
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). More →
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). More →