The Rockaways Commerce & Culture
Beaches are the big game in town, as sand meets sea all along the area’s southern edge. There’s ample opportunity to swim and sunbathe, whether you park it at one spot or take advantage of transit to hop between Fort Tilden or Jacob Riis to the easternmost end of the boardwalk. Subway-wise, the Rockaways are served by the A train and Rockaway Park Shuttle — and the LIRR’s Far Rockaway Branch offers a one-seat ride to Penn Station (at peak) or Atlantic Terminal in Downtown Brooklyn. Far off as it may seem, the Rockaways are still part of New York City, meaning that choice food options abound — fish tacos, burgers, and arepas, to name only a few. And don’t think the drink side of things gets left out: there are plenty of beloved watering holes — offering beer, wine, and cocktails — tucked throughout. Whatever you end up doing, though, don’t forget sunscreen.