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Rockaway Beach Day – Hurricane Sandy Remains – Public Art Rockaway Beach Day – Hurricane Sandy Remains – Public Art
The Rockaways has been a popular summer retreat since the 1830s. This beach resort town, especially Breezy Point  located on the western end of... Rockaway Beach Day – Hurricane Sandy Remains – Public Art

The Rockaways has been a popular summer retreat since the 1830s. This beach resort town, especially Breezy Point  located on the western end of the Rockaways, was hit really hard by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Most Breezy Point homes were damaged or destroyed by high water and fire –130 homes burned to the ground.

Even though there is still hurricane debris left behind that has yet to be removed, in February 2016, the Rockaways was featured in an article in The New York Times about “New York’s Next Hot Neighborhoods”.  It’s on the rebound and it’s got a cool vibe happening right now with a great mix of the old and new. Put this destination on your list for a day trip.

We spent a day exploring Katharina Grosse’s spray painted, decaying aquatic buildings around the grounds of Fort Tilden. This free public art installation, Rockaway! has been organized by MoMA PS1 along with several Parks departments. It was bizarre, creative, interesting and a little creepy. The buildings, destroyed by Hurricane Sandy four years prior have sat vacant, further decaying and collecting tags, graffiti and markings by passerbys over the years. By spray painting the largest of the decrepit buildings a vibrant red and white, Grosse pays tribute and gives these buildings a final celebration of their histories and  stories of people who once inhabited them. Her installation worked, I made the visit and imagined what once was.

 

After exploring the public art and ruins we spent the day at the beach, just in front of the bright red house. The beach was clean, empty and the water was refreshing. We chose to stay in this area, but you can easily walk towards the boardwalk or hop over to Jacob Reis park where there are some food trucks and pop up shops.

Tips:

  • There is much more public art to see in this area, Fort Tilden has about seven installations, get a brochure at the entrance.
  • Driving is probably the easiest way to get around however there are several public transportation options.
  • Public transportation: Take the subway 2 or 5 to the end of the line then take the 35 bus to the first stop right over the bridge by Fort Tilden. You can walk to the beach from here and see Rockaway! Or stay on the 35 bus and get off at the parking lot at Jacob Riis Park where you can enjoy the pop up shops.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the beach March 15th  – September 15th.
  • The beach is free.
  • Bathrooms are located at Jacob Riis, within the Fort Tilden grounds near the church and port-a-potties by the beach entrance at Fort Tilden.
  • The waves are big and pretty rough for little ones.
  • Bring all beach essentials, there is no place to buy sunscreen, sun hats or towels.

 

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Estée Pouleris is a mommy blogger based in NYC. She writes reviews about adventures with her 4 year old daughter. Her posts include photos, tips and ideas of fun places to visit with kids.

  • Tanya

    August 28, 2016 #1 Author

    Thanks to Estee’s review our family made this our top choice for a beach day trip. We are so happy we did! Although we had seen the art installation ads for Rockaway! it was not until Estee and crew reviewed this amazing beach, art, food, culture destination were we ready to take th plunge.

    Taking direction from this review we were able to craft a perfect day for our family.

    We are now thinking we might make this beach and surrounding area our family getaway spot.

    Thanks Estee and family1

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