It is indeed just a school bus. Photo via Rockabus.
Kelly reviewed the Rockabus shuttle to Rockaway a few weeks ago and said the whole thing was only slightly better than bringing a few beers on the subway to the beach. But the beach-bound school bus has been a success, so Rockabus announced yesterday that starting this weekend, it will be running more buses every hour (instead of every two hours), in addition to cutting the price of a roundtrip ticket from $18 to $15 (a one-way is still $10). And what’s more, they’re adding stops at notoriously hard-to-reach Jacob Riis and Fort Tilden beaches. Will this start the cries of how the lovely and relatively desolate oasis of Fort Tilden is officially over? Probably, but whatever, it had to happen eventually. It’s not the only ride out there though. (more…)
This is some sort of Miami-born art project that is embarking on a national tour of the East Coast this summer with a final stop here in Rockaway. Artist Misael Soto sets up his 56′ x 29′ towel and brings sunscreen, snacks, drinks and games to share for anyone who wants to sit on it. He says on the project’s site: ”I hope to subvert the way beach-goers claim their temporary real estate on the beach.” You may ask yourself, does this have anything to do with capitalism? You bet: ”I intend to indict and subvert typically American excess, in an attempt to not only comment on how we choose to share the wealth (or not), but to also provide a space where I create the opportunity for communal transcendence above the conditioning of capitalism.” (more…)
On Sunday, I took the aptly named Rockabus from Williamsburg to Rockaway Beach to spend my hangover baking in the sun. While the trip was free as part of a launch promotion, the regular price for the new bus service is $10 one way and $18 round trip. Worth it?
This much I can say: Rockaway is definitely worth the day trip, or several, with its supply of seaside snacks and hang-ten amenities. While the Hipster Hamptons rep may be overstated, the demographic does skew pretty young, with a lot of twenty-something floppy hat wearers and even younger hardcore surfers. The average beachcomber was sporting at least one tattoo, and while ordinarily I would say the coast was pretty quiet and family friendly, two girls did get chewed out by Parks & Rec for having their Ts out, until they cited that law safeguarding topless women in New York. (more…)
How many summer mornings have you woken up thinking, Today’s the day I’ll learn to surf, or What a beautiful day to go to a beach lacking in buried syringes, then considered the schlep to Far Rockaway and curled back up on your mattress? Lame, you guys — commit! I’ve traveled to this gem of Queens real estate by train (F to the A from Park Slope), bus (B44 to Q35 from BedStuy), and car (nondescript sedan). And yes, each trip — even driving — took more than an hour. In my opinion, it’s totally worth the time investment (bring a book), but a new company called Rockabus is launching this weekend to make the commute to the coast a little less draining. The service, which runs between Rockaway and Williamsburg (pickup at Union and Meeker – we triple checked with the Rockabus people!), will cost $10 one way and $18 round trip. And to kick it off, you can ride it free all this weekend. (more…)
There's still time to run to the beach! In unison!
Memorial Day weekend marks the commercial start to summer, and if you were too confused about the difference between this holiday and Labor Day to make plans, there’s still time to line yourself up with a cheap 3-day weekend getaway to beaches you can reach via public transit. Even if the beach is a little overrated with all that sand and salt crawling into all the wrong crevices, a house on (or near) the shore with your buds and some beers is a reasonable trade-off for the summer kick-off. We’ve tracked down some reasonably cheap trips and scouted out some still-available deals, so get ready to show off your six-pack. (Beer or abs, we don’t judge!) (more…)
Reason number 32,643 to love Barack Obama—one of his Recovery Act-funded jobs is a “community planner” for the Gateway National Recreation Area. That sounds like one of those plum gigs you can only get in, like, San Francisco. But through June 30, you can actually apply for a position paying up to $98,777 a year doing this (and presumably other things) for the National Park Service:
“Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations… ” (more…)