More New Yorkers are discovering what their Rockaway neighbors have known all along: eating, playing and working in the beachfront community is a pretty good way to live.
The popular peninsula was on the way to regaining its former status as a top city resort destination when it was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Homes were lost to fire and floods and swaths of the beloved boardwalk were torn from their foundations.
But Rockaway’s fighting spirit prevailed. While more reconstruction is needed, a new wave of restaurants and shops — and of course the beach — is luring millions of visitors. This weekend, the rebuilt boardwalk opens in its entirety as well.
If you can’t hitch a ride, hop on the A train or try out the new NYC Ferry to get to Rockaway, where a newly rebuilt boardwalk awaits. Here are some places to check out:
Watch the surfers and take a lesson with the pros
Enjoy a hearty croissant or tasty pastry
Rent a bike at Riis Park
Check out old buildings and new art at Fort Tilden
Eat lunch on the boardwalk or the beach
Shop for hand crafted made in Rockaway gifts
Take a boot camp class on the beach
Return to the sand