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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April 2015

 

Dune Planting

TIME: Sunday, April 5th, 10AM -1PM

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

Come join RWA in creating a natural protective buffer of dunes with indigenous grasses along the east end of the Rockaways. Adults and kids alike are welcome to participate in the planting. Registration is suggested.


 

NYRP Spring Tree Giveaway

TIME: TBD 10AM-12noon
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.

Date for giveaway will be posted in spring. Trees are available on a first come, first serve basis. 

Special thanks for the generous support from NY Restoration Project.


May 2015

 

9th Annual Earth Day Rockaway

TIME: Saturday, May 3rd, 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. 


 

MAS "Jane's Walk" Rockaway

TIME: TBD12PM - 2PM
MEET LOCATION: Firehouse 59 located at Beach 59th Street & Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 

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 Diggs local resident, student of Urban Design, Urban Practitioner and Intern at Rockaway Waterfront Alliance.

The tour will depart from Firehouse 59, head over to the bay side of the peninsula on a hike through the Edgemere Landfill, visit the Arverne East Development site, stroll down the famous Rockaway Boardwalk and conclude at Firehouse 59.


 

Foraging Tour with Steve Brill

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

"Wildman" Steve Brill (America's Go to Guy for Foraging) will be joining us for a Foraging Tour of the Rockaways in which the "Wildman" will help us learn about the environment and get back in touch with nature. 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.

We hope you can join us for this FREE event! Advanced registration is suggested as space is limited. 


 

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

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).  RWA has a select number of bikes that can be loaned for this tour. Bikes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Advanced registration required.


June 2015

 

RWA Performance Series: Pirate Show

TIME: Date TBD    9:30AM- Kindergarten through 3rd Grade,  11:00AM- 4th Grade through 6th Grade

LOCATION: Beach 17th Boardwalk Amphitheater

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance is kicking off their Free performance series for children with David Engel's Pirate School performing at the Beach 17th St Boardwalk Amphitheater.

Pirate School! is a madcap, swashbuckling solo variety show created and performed by veteran New York physical comedian and actor David Engel. 

Pirate School has enthralled, emboldened and delighted thousands of families for more than 18 years with its own mischievous blend of clown theater, slapstick antics, adept magic and puppetry, zany music, rich special effects score and its signature brand of boisterous full-audience participation.

Featured in New York Magazine's "Best of New York: Kids", Pirate School consistently draws large audiences because of its undeniable, enduring theme: allowing kids to live the dream of the roving swashbuckler in a joyful, non-violent fashion.

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 John Cruz, Program Director at jcruz@rwalliance.org


 

Rockspot Bike Tour

TIME: Sunday, June 21st, 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 to the east end of the Rockaways. We will travel through Arverne East to 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. A limited number of bikes are available for loan. Registration is suggested.

Special thanks to National Park Service for sponsoring this event.


 

Children's Puppet Show Performance

TIME: TBD  9:45 AM

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). 

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 John Cruz, Program Director by email at: info@rwalliance.org   Please provide the age and number of children attending. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

July 2015

 

Queens Bike Bonanza

DATE/ TIME: TBD  11AM - 2:30PM
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: Sunday, August 16th, 1PM-4PM
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 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 Ft. Tilden/ Gateway National Park for the Rockaway! Exhibition being hosted by MOMA and Rockaway Artists Alliance.

We will be meeting with a guide at Ft. Tilden. The exhibition is entirely free and takes about 1.5 hrs to enjoy. To learn more about the exhibition go to:  http://momaps1.org/rockaway1

This ride is about 4 miles of flat ground but may be a challenge for many due to the heat of the summer. We have a select number of bikes that can be loaned for this tour. Bikes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Advanced registration required. 


 

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.

Join us for a bike tour to the east end of the Rockaways. We will travel through Arverne East to 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. A limited number of bikes are available for loan. Registration is suggested.

Special thanks to National Park Service for sponsoring this event.


 

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


November 2015

 

Annual Hip Hop Halloween Celebration

TIME: Sunday, October 21, 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.


June 2016

 

Rockspot Bike Tour

TIME: Sunday, June 19, 2015, 11AM - 2PM

DEPARTURE LOCATION: Firehouse 59  / Beach 59th Street @ Rockaway Beach Blvd., 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.

This tour will depart from Firehouse 59 and head over to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge where we will get a guided tour around east or west pond. This is a more advanced ride, not suggested for novice riders.

RWA has a select number of bikes that can be loaned for this tour. Bikes are available on a first come first serve basis. Advanced registration required.


 

Success Stories:

Meet Keneisha

As a champion for arts and science education, Keneisha brings to us a successful track record that ranges from her experience at the Brooklyn Museum to specialized hands-on learning. She has been a lead educator for RWA for over three years in environmental arts and urban gardening. Hear more about Keneisha's story.