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“Not as good as the Ramones song”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Long Island beach in Queens borough that can be reached by subway. Popular destination for New Yorkers in mid-20th century, still pleasant to visit.
Westchester County
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“Not as good as the Ramones song”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

While certainly original to find a beach in a heavy urban area, original does not necessarily equate to enjoyable to visit. Good luck with parking and with finding your car still around if you do find a space. While long, the beach crowds are thick throughout the length. Rules about where to swim or boogie board seem arbitrary and hard to follow. It may not be far or hard to reach, Joey Ramone but it's not much fun.

Visited August 2013
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“Rockaway Beach is for Fun, Families and Friends”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

Folks, I will be honest with you, Rockaway Beach is not for everyone. It's a mixed bag, which is why it is currently under revitalization program started by Mayor Bloomberg. Having said that, there is a reason that the program got started in the first place. Timeless things are the ocean, the sand, the sun and above all the air, which hits you with rich ozone as soon as you arrive. After the Hurricane Sandy a few entry points to the beach got improved, with new landscaping, cleaner bathrooms and nicer surfaces to sit and walk on. Of course we cannot wait for the whole boardwalk to be restored, to enjoy walking, biking, strolling and people watching. The ocean is quite clean, except for the stormy days, which can turn up sand and seaweeds. It takes a little getting used to, diving under the waves, as it is an open Atlantic out there, not a harbor. But those waves are a magnet for the young athletic crowd of city surfers, and several sections of the beach are officially designated for just that. So no need to travel far to get your thrill and chill. For families, there are small eateries right on the beach, but a picnic basket would be advisable, as prices quickly add up. Garbage disposal became better this year when the city added a few garbage cans on the beach, which tended to be few and far between. Still, if you think of yourself as a New Yorker, or simply a Citizen of the World, you would be wise to pick up your own garbage and take it home. It eases pollution, not only on the beach, but also on the bottom of the ocean, which is a very big issue for all of us. The beach is lacking in variety of places to eat and to stay overnight, though. Hardly any hotels or motels here, much less decent quality restaurants. But it is not entirely devoid of good eateries, which other reviewers noted. There is however a well stocked supermarket Stop and Shop at Beach 73rd Street, so you can pick up your food supplies and drinks there. Locals are a mixed bag. Many are residents of public housing projects, I.e. fairly poor, but some come from the up and coming neighborhoods of the city and from the brand new residential development Arverne By The Sea. You can see their advertising on the beach. Once the development is completed there will be a brand new YMCA with aquatic park for year round enjoyment, and a series of boutiques, cafes, restaurants and shops in the planned Tides community. Currently it is undergoing ground improvements to raise it above sea level, so hang in there. If you are on the market for a new home, values at ABTS cannot be beat, considering tax abatements, three months a year free beach access and proximity to NYC by the subway. This is what we did, and cannot be happier. Perfect for families, the young, the empty nesters, singles and retirees. Come visit and enjoy!

Visited August 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Rockaway Beach is my choice of beach”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

Go there every week-end during the summer....so close to home, free parking...we get there early & leave by 1:00pm as that's when it gets very crowded....very glad to see this beach is up & running it was devastated by SANDY......I've met some wonderful people through the years @ Rockaway beach & have remained friends.....I look forward to relaxing on this beautiful shoreline & dipping in the ocean.....they fixed up the Food & restroom areas very nicely......

Visited July 2013
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5 Thank Rhonda P
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Kecskemet, Hungary
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

I didn't expect a lot and it wasn't a disappointment. If you're in a city sightseeing tour in New York but you want to spend a day on the beach it's a good place but not for more!
The water is great and salty (what a surprise!) but you can't relax because a lot of plane will interrupt the silence.

Visited September 2012
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New York City, New York
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“We Love the Rockaways!”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Per some of the recent reviews -- yes, there was quite a bit of damage from Hurricane Sandy. But it's been 9 months, and it has recovered tremendously. As a matter of fact, it's recovered such that our family of 4, including two small children, happily just rented an apartment a block from the beach and enjoyed a 5-day weekend there. Yes, there is still some boardwalk construction taking place (much to the delight of our kids), and yes there are some sections of beach closed due to erosion. But MUCH of the beach is open, and MUCH of the boardwalk survived. We stayed around Beach 90th, and we found restaurants, concessions, beach, and surfers to watch. Beach concessions: a small one at Beach 86th, a larger and wonderfully rebuilt one around Beach 96th. We stayed around Beach 86th for the most part, as the swimming beach is open there and further down for quite a ways, and the boardwalk is intact/rebuilt there. Though our kids insisted on multiple walks to Beach 96th concessions for the delicious frozen bananas, smoothies, and shrimp po' boys. Oh, and FYI, bathrooms and showers all rebuilt and cleaned frequently. And there was a huge staff there helping people navigate the parts of the beach open vs. closed and know where to find everything they'd need for a lovely day.

Be part of the recovery! The beach is great, the area largely recovered, and the local businesses could use our support. Great place to spend a heat wave!

Visited July 2013
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