Rockaway! Public Art With a Summer Vibe


If you’re in or near the New York area, I strongly recommend you to take a ride out to the Rockaway Peninsula to experience a surreal Art filled day with sun, sand and the beach as your backdrop. For those un-familiar with this area, The Rockaway, is the name of a Long Island peninsula located within Queens, a borough in New York City.

Rockaway! is a free Art festival sponsored by MoMA PS1 and world known artist Patti Smith, with many other local organizations. It celebrates the re-opening of Fort Tilden and the ongoing recovery of the Rockaway peninsula which was badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

Below are some of the cool places I stumbled upon during my wanderlust visit to the Rockaway.

Rockaway Beach Surf Club

 Rockaway Beach Surf Club is a cultural event space, restaurant, and bar devoted to promoting the love of surfing, conserving the environment, and supporting its neighborhood.


The Playland Motel

Aside from the Rockaway Art festival, Topshop joined Playland Motel in Rockaway Beach for a Summer Music series that will be taking place every Sunday, running through August 31st.

Resilience of the Dreamer_ Patti Smith

Patti Smith installed a gilded bed with white linens in an abandoned locomotive building. With time the bed will deteriorate while still remaining in place, a symbol of courage and resilience, characteristics we all saw from residents of the Rockaway.



To learn more about Rockaway! Art Festival  Click Here!

Photos: Erica Genece


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