OUR EVENTS:

Designed to engage the public in understanding the potential eco-system that a well-informed community and healthy coastal environment can provide for themselves and their families.

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March 2015

 

Maritime Forest Tree Planting

TIME: Sunday, March 29th, 2015  10AM-1PM

LOCATION: Meet at RISE/Firehouse 59; 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692

Come join Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for a community volunteer day culminating in the planting of evergreen trees along the Rockaway shoreline. This shoreline restoration will create a natural maritime forest and protective buffer of dunes with indigenous trees and shrubs along the east end of the Rockaways.

This event will require heavy lifting and digging but we will work in teams to plant the trees. Dress accordingly. 

Adults and kids alike are welcome to participate in the planting.  Registration is not required but students who are looking to do community service hours for this event are encouraged to bring paperwork from their schools to get credit for their hours. 


April 2015

 

Foraging Tour with Steve Brill

TIME: Sunday April 12th, 10:00AM- 12:00PM
LOCATION: Firehouse 59- 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY (adjacent to Beach 60th St station- "A" Train- Far Rockaway only)

At 10 AM Sunday, April 12, America's go-to guy for foraging, "Wildman" Steve Brill, in conjunction with The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, will lead one of his world-famous foraging tours of the seashore habitat, in Far Rockaway.  By studying foraging and nature, those who join us on this tour will learn to enjoy edible plants and reaffirm our commitment to preserving and rebuilding our ecological riches.

The 2-hour walking tour begins at 10 AM at Firehouse 59 located at 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd., off Beach 59th St., in Far Rockaway, Queens, NY. 

Advanced registration is suggested as space is limited.

Suggested donation is $10/adult, children under 18 are FREE. 

For "Wildman's" 2015 tour calendar and additional info, please visit http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com


 

SHORE Dune Planting

TIME: Sunday, April 19th, 11AM -2PM

LOCATION: Meet at Firehouse 59; 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692

Come join Rockaway Waterfront Alliance along with partner organizations, Catalyst and Gibney Dance for a community volunteer day culminating in a celebration of caretaking of the land and water.

For this dune restoration we will be planting shrubs and native grasses to create a natural protective buffer of dunes along the east end of the Rockaways.

The planting will be followed by a walk, story telling, and collaboration with Catalyst, Gibney Dance and students from RWA.

Adults and kids alike are welcome to participate in this event. Dress accordingly.

Registration is not required but students looking to do community service hours are encouraged to bring paperwork from their schools.


May 2015

 

9th Annual Earth Day Rockaway

TIME: Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, 12PM - 4PM
LOCATION: Firehouse 59/ Rockaway Beach Blvd @ Beach 59th St, Rockaway, NY.

Come out and enjoy a day of fun by the Rockaway beach with free activities and programs for families and kids of all ages. This year's event will include:

Live music and food along with activities like kite-making, recycling olympics, mock dolphin rescue, plantings, composting, face painting, water testing, raptor demonstration,  firehouse safety obstacle course, and art-related booths to learn how better to appreciate and conserve the earth's resources.

All activities are free and intended to raise awareness of the natural resources along the Rockaway shoreline. 

Organizations interested in participating in tabling at this event are encouraged to contact Daniel Borrero at: Dborrero@rwalliance.org


 

MAS "Jane's Walk" Rockaway

TIME: Saturday, May 2nd  2-4PM
MEET LOCATION: Beach Boardwalk at Beach 59th St, Rockaway, NY 11692

Municipal Arts Society "Jane's Walk" celebrates the enduring legacy of urban activist and intellectual Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring our city and engaging with one another.

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance will host a walking tour in the Rockaway community, exploring several amazing spaces in this beautiful, yet highly underappreciated beach community.

Our Walking Tour will be guided by Renae Reynolds local resident, student of Urban Design, Urban Practitioner and Intern at Rockaway Waterfront Alliance.

The tour will depart from the Beach Boardwalk at Beach 59th St where we will walk the boardwalk to explore the Rockaway community of Arverne By the Sea and open public space along Arverne East. 

This tour is free but registration is suggested


 

4th Annual Far Rockaway Youth Summit

TIME: Saturday, May 16th, 2015
LOCATION: Far Rockaway High School Campus,
                     821 Beach 25th St, Far Rockaway, NY 11691

Join the Far Rockaway Youth Summit hosted by the Far Rockaway/Arverne Coalition. 

This years event is a great way to learn about programs and services for youth being provided by various non-profit organizations in Far Rockaway.

To learn more details about the event go to: http://www.farrockawaynonprofits.org/youth-summit.php


 

NYRP Spring Tree Giveaway

TIME: Sunday, May 17th 11:30AM-1:30PM
LOCATION: Firehouse 59/  5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd @ Beach 59th St

Come get your free tree at the NYRP Tree Giveaway Event hosted by Rockaway Waterfront Alliance at Firehouse 59. The public can pick up their free tree if they agree to the following:

• To plant in one of the five boroughs.
• To keep trees properly watered and maintained.
• Not to plant along streets, in containers, terraces, balconies or on roofs.

Trees are available on a first come, first serve basis. Registration for tree is required prior to event. To reserve your free tree please register online at www.nyrp.org/treegiveaways

Special thanks for the generous support from NY Restoration Project.


 

Rockspot Historical Bike Tour- Ft. Tilden

TIME: Sunday, May 17th, 2015, 1PM - 3PM
DEPARTURE LOCATION: Firehouse 59/ Rockaway Bch Blvd @ Bch 59th St, Rockaway, New York

The Rockspot Bike Tour is an interactive tour that allows participants to explore select sites of environmental and historical significance along the Rockaway Peninsula.

Join us for an exciting ride to historic Ft. Tilden/ Gateway National Park.This tour will depart from the 59th St Firehouse and travel west for a tour of historic Fort Tilden in Gateway National Park and a short hike up to Battery Harris (viewing platform). 

This ride is about 4 miles of flat ground. Come prepared for weather and bring water, sunscreen and hat! 

Advanced registration is required. Suggest donation $10/person can be given to guide on the day.


June 2015

 

Rockspot Bike Tour

TIME: Sunday, June 14th, 2015, 11Am-1PM 

DEPARTURE LOCATION: Firehouse 59 at 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY

The Rockspot Bike Tours are interactive tours that allows participants to explore select sites of environmental and historical significance along the Rockaway Peninsula.

Join us for a bike tour along the East end of the Rockaways and Long Beach. This is a lovely ride along the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk and over the Atlantic Bridge where we will continue along the Long Beach Boardwalk. We will pass through open space of Arverne East where we will stop to explore the natural vegetation and protective dune barrier growing along the eastern end of the Rockaway Peninsula. Due to bridge crossing this tour is best for adults only. 

Come dressed for weather and be sure to bring water, hat and sunscreen. 

Registration is required. Suggested donation $10/person to be given to guide on the day.


 

Children's Puppet Show Performance- Brier Rabbit

TIME: June 23rd & June 25th  9:45 AM & 11AM

LOCATION: Beach 17th St Boardwalk Amphitheatre

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance is kicking off their Free performance series for school children with City Parks Puppets in the Parks performance at the Beach 17th St Boardwalk Amphitheatre ( Seagirt Blvd, Far Rockaway) with the performance of "Brier Rabbit" a classic american folktale updated for a modern audience in three short acts.

CityParks PuppetMobile, is one of the only traveling puppet theaters in the country; traveling the five boroughs of the city in a PuppetMobile equipped with a stage and staff of professional puppeteers, bringing entertainment to 50,000 children and families each year.

The family-friendly outdoor matinee is free for the public and Rockaway Public Schools, but space is limited so reservations are required. To reserve space contact Daniel Borrero, Program Assistant by email at: info@rwalliance.org   Please provide the date and time of performance preferred and age and number of children attending. Children must be accompanied by an adult or teacher. 

July 2015

 

Bike Bonanza/Rockaway Summer Fest/DOT Weekend Walk

DATE/ TIME: Saturday, July 18th, 2015  11AM - 3PM
LOCATION: Firehouse 59 - 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd @ Beach 59th St., Rockaway, New York.

This event is FREE to the public and includes a bike swap, learn to ride lessons for kids, free helmet give aways and activity tables for kids to make bike related crafts. Join Bike New York, Recycle A Bicycle, NYC Department of Transportation-Bike Safety, NYPD and NY Coalition for Transportation Safety to promote and educate kids about biking. Pick up a free helmet, upgrade your child's bike, have your child learn how to ride for the first time or learn important cycling skills and traffic principals. 


August 2015

 

Caribbean Calypso Festival

TIME: Saturday, August 15th, 12-6PM
LOCATION: Beach 17th st Amphitheatre- O'Donohue Park, Far Rockaway.

Join us for a festive day off the beach with The Diamond Blade Caribbean Steel Drum Band concert hosted by Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. 

The concert will take place at O'Donohue Park- Beach 17th St outdoor amphitheatre from 1 to 4PM. Come enjoy the music and festivities.


September 2015

 

5th Annual Bike Parade

TIME: Saturday, September 12th, 2015, 11AM - 1PM
DEPARTURE LOCATION: Firehouse 59
5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692

Join us for the 5th Annual Rockaway Bike Parade to promote human powered transportation! Walk, dance and bike your way along the Rockaway Boardwalk. We encourage individuals, school groups, and organizations to join in the festivities.

The parade will depart at 11AM from Firehouse 59 and travel along the Rockaway Boardwalk where participants will compete for prizes in the "Best of Show" award competition taking place at 12 noon.  "Best of Show"Awards Competition (3) Judged Categories: "Most Unique/Artistic" - "Most Entertaining" -  "Most Green- Environmentally Friendly".

The parade is free however all participants are required to register in advance. Children under 14 must have a parent or guardian present with them on the parade and sign their waiver on the day of the event.

All participants in the parade, are eligible to win a "Best of Show" Award trophy.  


 

Rockspot Bike Tour

DATE/TIME:  Sunday, September 20th, 2015  11AM -1PM

DEPARTURE LOCATION: Firehouse 59 at Beach 59 St. & Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway, New York.

The Rockspot Bike Tours are interactive tours that allows participants to explore select sites of environmental and historical significance along the Rockaway Peninsula.

Join us for a bike tour to the east end of the Rockaways. We will travel through Arverne East to do some foraging and explore the natural vegetation and protective dune barrier growing along the eastern end of the Rockaway Peninsula.

Adults and families are welcome to join this tour. Registration is required. $10 suggested donation for adults on the day. Kids under 18 are FREE.


 

Community Dune Planting

TIME: Sunday, September 27th, 2015  12 noon to 2PM
LOCATION: Firehouse 59 - 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692

Come join RWA in creating a natural protective buffer of dunes along the east end of the Rockaways. 

As we learned from Storm Sandy, the natural vegetation and dunes that exist off our shores served as a protective buffer to the homes and businesses that exist in these areas. Join us in planting shrubs and trees native to the area at this event.

Families and people of all ages are welcome to participate in the planting. Students can receive community service hours. Registration is not required. This event is rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.

Special thanks to NY State DEC and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation for their support.


 

American Littoral Society Intl Clean Up

TIME: Sunday, September 27th, 2015 10AM - 12PM

LOCATION: Beach boardwalk at Beach 59th St

Join us for the Annual Coastal Clean Up on Rockaway Beach. People of all ages are encouraged to participate. All trash collected at this event will be entered into the national database, which goes to help establish legislation to reduce trash along our shores.

Students can receive community service hours for their efforts. Students should bring any paperwork from their schools for signatures. 

Registration is not required. This event is hosted rain or shine! 


October 2015

 

Daffodil Giveaway

TIME: TBD   10:00am-12:00pm
LOCATION: Firehouse 59 Beach 59th Street

New Yorkers for Parks is offering free daffofil bulbs for any Rockaway community groups or individuals interested in hosting projects at their schools, businesses or neighborhood blocks. RWA is hosting the Queens distribution event at our site.  

Register by clicking here 


 

Fall Tree Giveaway

TIME: TBD 12:00-2:00pm
LOCATION: Firehouse 59, Beach 59th Street

Come get your free tree giveaway at the NYRP Tree Giveaway Event hosted by Rockaway Waterfront Alliance at Firehouse 59. The public can pick up their free tree if they agree to the following:

• To plant in one of the five boroughs.
• To keep trees properly watered and maintained.
• Not to plant along streets, in containers, terraces, balconies or on roofs.

Special thanks for the generous support from NY Restoration Project. 


 

Rockspot Bike Tour

TIME: Sunday, October 11th, 2015   11Am-1PM 

DEPARTURE LOCATION: Firehouse 59 at 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY

The Rockspot Bike Tours are interactive tours that allows participants to explore select sites of environmental and historical significance along the Rockaway Peninsula.

This tour will depart from Firehouse 59 and head over to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge where we can stop for a rest and walk through the trails at the refuge. This is a more advanced ride, not suggested for novice riders.

Advanced registration required. $10 suggested donation on day of event. 


 

Annual Hip Hop Halloween Celebration

TIME: Sunday, October 18, 2015,  1PM - 4PM
LOCATION: Hip Hop Community Garden/ Beach 59th St @ Rockaway Beach Boulevard

Join Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for the 5th Annual Hip Hop Halloween. Celebrate halloween with family and friends by taking part in painting a pumpkin, face painting and festive food. This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.


 

Storm Sandy Anniversary Planting

TIME: Sunday, October 25th, 2015    10 AM- 12 noon

LOCATION: Firehouse 59 - Beach 59th Street & Rockaway Beach Blvd

For the two year anniversary of Storm Sandy, RWA is bringing people of all ages together to create a nature protective buffer for the Rockaway community.

 As we learned from the storm, the natural vegetation and dunes that exist off our shores served as a protective buffer to the homes and businesses that exist in these areas. Many of these dunes were compromised by the storm and need to be replenished to be effective.

Families and people of all ages are welcome to participate in this dune restoration project. Students can receive community service hours. No registration is required. This event is rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.

Special thanks to NY State DEC and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation for their support


 

Success Stories:

Meet Jadel

In 2007, Jadel participated in her first RWA program as a 7th grader at PS43. Through high school she has been a valuable contributor to our ongoing efforts and today she continues to work with us as a practicing intern while she attends college. Hear more about Jadel's story.