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September 2018


International Coastal Clean up

TIME: Saturday, September 15th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: B59th St. and the Boardwalk

Join RWA and the NYC Chapter of Surfrider Foundation for the Annual International Coastal Clean Up in partnership with the American Littoral Society 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! 

Special thanks to NYC DEP, NYS DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.


Dune Planting

TIME: Saturday, September 22nd, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Meet at Beach 44th St. and the Boardwalk

Come join the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for a community volunteer day culminating in a celebration 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.

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.

Special thanks to NYC DEP and NYS DEC for sponsoring this event.


Fall Foraging Tour with Wildman Steve Brill

TIME: Sunday, September 30th, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd. (B59th St) 

On Sunday, September 30, America's go-to guy for foraging, "Wildman" Steve Brill, will lead one of his world-famous foraging tours of the Far Rockaway Seashore, in conjunction with RWA, the tour is free of charge.

This vastly under-appreciated natural habitat of the Rockaways offers all the best wild foods of the seashore. The sandy soil is poor, limiting tree- and grass growth, but benefiting other species that can take advantage of the unblocked sun and nutrient-poor soil.

Wild fruit will be doing great here. We'll find autumn olive bushes galore, with nutrient-rich red berries that taste like a combination of raspberries, currants, and pomegranates. Another tasty fruit is the American hackberry tree, with berries that taste like the candy coating of M&Ms. The most abundant fruit will be winged sumac, with berries you swish in water to make pink lemonade.

The fields in the empty lots provide greens and root vegetables. We'll be finding stands of sweet and peppery common evening primrose roots, along with strongly-flavored white-colored wild carrots.

Please register in advance! For "Wildman's" 2018 tour calendar and additional info, please visit here.

October 2018


Daffodil Giveaway

TIME: Saturday, October 6th, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

New Yorkers for Parks is offering free daffodil bulbs for any Rockaway community groups or individuals interested in hosting projects at their schools', businesses' or neighborhood's blocks.

RWA is hosting the Queens distribution event at the RISE Center located at 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692. Click here to register with New Yorkers for Parks to pick up daffodil bulbs at the October 7th distribution. 


Hip Hop Halloween

TIME: Saturday, October 13th, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

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


Sandy Anniversary Planting & Clean Up

TIME: Saturday, October 20th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Meet at Beach 44th St. and the Boardwalk

For the anniversary of Storm Sandy, RWA is bringing people of all ages together to create a natural 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 NYC DEP, NYS DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.

November 2018


Rockaway Thanksgiving Feast

TIME: Saturday, November 17th, 2018 1:00 - 3:00 PM
RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

RWA invites you to join us for a special Thanksgiving meal to give thanks and celebrate our amazing community of friends, family, and neighbors. 

The meal is FREE to all, but attendees must register in advance for every person. The meal will include all the Thanksgiving favorites prepared by local Rockaway partners. 

Special thanks to the Levitt Foundation, L+M Development Partners, and New York Community Trust for making this event possible. 


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