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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July 2017


Open House: Access to Opportunity Transportation Study

TIME: Monday, July 24th, 5:00-7:00pm
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join RWA and the New York City Department of Transportation for an Open House to prioritize and provide feedback on draft recommendations created through the Access to Opportunity Eastern Rockaways transportation study. Light refreshments will be provided!

Get ready to learn about short-term improvement projects, visualize future streetscapes, hear project updates, and see desired long-term improvements.

For more information, contact Laura MacNeil at 212-839-6690 or lmacneil@dot.nyc.gov. No RSVP necessary, but please provide advance notice for accessibility accommodations.

August 2017


Evening of the Arts Under the Elevated

TIME: Saturday, August 5th 6:00 - 10:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE - 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692

Join us for an evening of art, food, and fun on Beach 59th Street and the Rockaway Freeway El-space. The event will unveil new public artworks developed in partnership with youth and residents engaged in Rockaway Waterfront Alliance's programs. No registration required. Free to the public.

Artworks include:

  • Projected Swimmers by Jessica Findley
  • Bioluminescence Parade by RWA's AQUA 101 Summer Camp
  • Rockaway Petroglyph by Kevin Sudeith 
  • Rockaway Field Guide  by Jonathan Chesley, Alexandria Donati, Andrea Parker, Jean-Christian Bourcart, and Diana Gruberg

This program is supported by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment of the Arts ArtWorks Program, NYC DOT WeekendWalks, and with funds from the Decentralization Program, as administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.

September 2017


International Coastal Clean up

TIME: Sunday, September 17th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Beach Boardwalk at Beach 59th St

Join us 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 23rd, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

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.

October 2017


Daffodil Giveaway

TIME: Saturday, October 7th, 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 our site.  


Hip Hop Halloween

TIME: Saturday, October 14th, 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 21st, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

For the five year 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.


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.