Project RISE: Firehouse Redevelopment

RISE will be a place for emerging artists, and scientists alike to connect with local residents and visitors to the Rockaways through programming and public art exhibitions to raise awareness of the natural environment and increase the vibrancy of the local Rockaway community.

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RWA is presently converting the former Engine Company 265 Ladder 121 Firehouse located at Beach 59th St & Rockaway Beach Blvd into the Rockaway Institute for Sustainable Environment (RISE); a visitors center for community-based programs, and cultural activities focused on emergency preparedness and environmental issues. This marks a big step forward for the Rockaway community as RWA plans to partner with many community-based organizations and local businesses throughout the redevelopment process.

A growing arts scene is taking shape in Rockaway. RISE will convert the firehouse's Great Hall into a gallery to exhibit various forms of art, film, and live performances; and create a well-equipped studio/lab on the 2nd floor, where emerging artists and scientists will lead community-led projects, lectures and classes through RWA's programming for youth and local residents.

With the RISE redevelopment, we hope to create a living laboratory that will provide insight into environmental concerns in the region and make Rockaway a more vibrant and resilient community through arts, cultural programs, and environmental stewardship activities.

We believe RISE will help make the Rockaways a public tourist destination for the greater NYC community, bringing economic development, jobs, and resources to one of New York City's most underserved communities.

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.