Rockaway Beach in Queens (Not Brooklyn) is my new hidden gem in New York. This area was very much affected by Hurricane Sandy but most of the area is back in business and they need support! I take the 2/3 train toward Far Rockaway and arrive there within 1 hour from my door to the beach. After my surf lesson, I took the day to explore the area. Below is what I found!
Surf w/ Locals
Take surfing lessons with Locals Surf School. It’s run by 2 Mikes along with other awesome surfing instructors. Buy a package it will force you to get out there and stretch out the summer.
Life Guard Stations/Boardwalk
I was obsessed with the old architecture and life guard stations in Rockaway. They are super retro!
95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd
The line might be wrapped around the corner, but these fish tacos are worth the wait. Wash it down with water melon juice and corn! The gelato place next door is pretty delicious and you can try free samples while you are waiting on line.
97th Street Beach
I saw a lot of people wearing black clothing which was a little bit jarring considering that black isn’t much of a beach color. Then again, it’s very New York! You will see all sorts of people. It can get crowded but it’s worth it to get away from the city and catch some waves and some sun.