After massive reconstructive efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction, Rockaway Beach is now officially open for the public just in time for family trips to the shore.
The largest urban beach in the United States, Rockaway is a favorite for city dwellers looking for an escape from the heat and humidity of New York in the summer. Thankfully, beach goers will not be forced to pack those inevitably sand-encrusted snacks and lunches for their time at Rockaway, as a number of its eateries are up and running. Rippers, a juice bar and snack shack that also sells ice coffee and breakfast burritos to early morning surfers is open for business, as well as vegetarian eatery Veggie Island, the Mexican staple Rockaway Taco, and bar food classic Connolly’s.
For the active families, the designated surf beaches on Beach 67th and 90th Streets are open yet swimming restrictions are in place throughout the beach. Additionally, Jacob Riis Park remains open and (thankfully!) the city has installed bathroom pods throughout the area. Let summer begin!