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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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October 2015

 

Storm Sandy Anniversary Planting

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

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

For the three 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 NY State DEC and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation for their support


 

Rebuilt & Recovered? Sandy Stories from Rockaway

TIME: Sunday, October 25th, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
LOCATION: RISE (Firehouse 59), 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd 

To honor the three year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, please join us for a powerful storytelling event brought to you by the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, the Moth, and the Field Innovation Team (FIT), which will reflect on the Sandy recovery effort and aftermath. Through the shared experiences and storytelling of local Rockaway community members, we will explore both the successes and failures in the recovery effort, while also drawing attention to the widespread issues of diminishing aid that inevitably come after disasters fade from public attention.

Free to public, advanced registration not required.

The moth will be leading a workshop series for those interested in participating in this event as a story teller. Email info@rwalliance.org for more information.


 

Daffodil Giveaway

DATE:           Sunday, October 4, 2015

TIME:            10am-1pm

LOCATION: Firehouse 59 Beach 59th Street

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 blocks. RWA is hosting the Queens distribution event at our site.  

Register by clicking here


September 2015

 

Intl Coastal Clean Up

TIME: Sunday, September 20th, 2015 10AM - 12PM

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! 


 

2015 Rockaway 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 located at 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692 (at Beach 59th St) and travel the street enroute to Beach 97th St  & the Beach Boardwalk where participants will compete for prizes in the "Best of Rockaway" Awards competition taking place at 12:30PM. There will be a judged competition for participants to come dressed as your "favorite Rockaway site, or theme".

The parade is free however all participants are required to register in advance and sign in at the beginning of the parade. 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 Rockaway" Award trophy.  


 

Rockaway Bike Parade Design Workshop

TIME: Friday, September 11th, 2015, 3:30 - 6:00PM
LOCATION: Community Garden/ Beach 59th St @ Rockaway Beach Boulevard

So you've registered for the bike parade and made sure your bike is ready to go. Still need a costume? Join local artist Hillary Moore and RWA as we lead a decorating workshop to build costumes that represent our favorite Rockaway themes, subjects, and places! We don't want to give away our best costume ideas, but get ready for an exciting afternoon of fun costumes and decorating.

RWA will provide materials like astroturf, construction paper, burlap, tubing, and other colorful art products.


August 2015

 

Celebrate EnvironMentor's Summer of Science

TIME: Thursday, August 13th, 5:00-7:45 pm

LOCATION: Arverne View Building 3 Community Room 57-15 Shore Front Pkwy

Join the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance in celebrating EnvironMentor - RWA's science research mentoring program for High School Sophomores and Juniors. Over the past year, these star students explored Jamaica Bay's most pressing ecological issues by working side by side with top researchers in the field. 


 

Far Rock Block Party

TIME: Friday, August 7th, 2015
LOCATION: Firehouse 59 - 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692

Join us for a day of creative design and building in the Rockaways! Gensler Architecture, Design for America, and RWA youth will be working in teams with community members to build and design spaces under the elevated track intended to activate the space for community participation.

9-11 AM Help with design/ build set up. Wear clothes for painting, building, etc

11-2 PM Public event and activities. Fun, games, and community celebration. Join us for music, food, and entertainment.

No registration required. Free to the public.


July 2015

 

Outdoor Film Screening: Felix

TIME: Friday, July 31st at 9PM
LOCATION: Rockaway Community Garden
                     5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway

Join us for a free film screening as part of Destination Rockaway: Passport International Outdoor Film Series hosted by Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and the Queens Museum to celebrate culture in Queens.

Film: Felix (Roberta Durrant, South Africa, 2013, 97min. In English and Xhosa with Eng ST)

Described as "Billy Elliott with Cape jazz," the film follows 14-year-old Felix as he dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father. When he leaves his township to take up a scholarship at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father's old band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.

Co-presented with African Film Festival


 

Project Underway 2015 Pothole Tour

TIME: Friday, July 31st  6 PM
LOCATION: Meet at Firehouse 59, 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway

Join RWA as we hit the streets this Friday for a Pothole Tour to map and identify areas in need of street repairs. We will be collecting this information and entering it into New York City's 311 app to get potholes and other dangerous areas fixed. 

We will depart from Firehouse 59 and split into a group of walkers and bikers, so come out either on foot or on bicycle!

Please bring your smartphone with the NYC 311 app (available for iPhone and Android) installed to map and snap photos.


 

Outdoor Film Screening: Mateo

TIME: Friday, July 24th at 9PM
LOCATION: Rockaway Community Garden
                     5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway

Join us for a free film screening as part of Destination Rockaway: Passport International Outdoor Film Series hosted by Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and the Queens Museum to celebrate culture in Queens.

Film: Mateo (Maria Gamboa, Colombia, 2014, 72min, Spanish, English ST) 

Mateo collects extortion money on behalf of his uncle and uses his pay to help out his poor mother in a violent neighborhood alongside the Magdalena River valley. Mateo agrees to infiltrate a local theatre group in order to uncover its members' political activities. Under pressure, Mateo must make difficult choices. *Contains some adult language.

Co-presented with CinemaTropical


 

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. 


 

Outdoor Film Screening: Pan! Our Musical Odyssey

TIME: Friday, July 17th at 9PM
LOCATION: Rockaway Community Garden- 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway

Join us for a free film screening as part of Destination Rockaway: Passport International Outdoor Film Series hosted by Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and the Queens Museum to celebrate culture in Queens.

Film: Pan! Our Music Odyssey (Jérôme Guiot, Trinidad and Tobago, 2014, 80min, English, English ST, French, Japanese with English ST)

The story of the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, the only new acoustic musical instrument invented in the 20th Century. The film dramatises the mythical invention of pan in the 1940s, and then surges forward to tell the stories of people from all over the world—T+T, France, Japan, the USA—who have staked everything on their love of the instrument, and whose passion and daring draw them each year to the "world championships" of steelband.

Co-presented with caribBEING and Indo Caribbean Alliance


June 2015

 

Children's Puppet Show Performance- Brier Rabbit

TIME: June 25th  9:30AM & 11:00 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) 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. 

 

Community Design Charette- Project Underway

TIME: Wednesday, June 24th,   6-9PM
LOCATION: Arverne View Community Room
57-15 Shorefront Parkway, Rockaway
(Rockaway Beach Blvd + Beach 59th Street)

Join us for a community design charette to plan the future development of Project Underway; a safer walkway, bike way and public space along the underpass of the Rockaway Freeway.

Overall the underpass is underutilized space that should be planned and designed in such a way that it can benefit the community by connecting both the east and west ends of the Peninsula together and provide a safer and more equitable route that people of all ages can use to get to school, work or home. 

Bring family, friends and neighbors to collaborate on ideas about this project. 


 

RWA Performance Series: Pirate Show

TIME: Date: TBD June 22nd, 23rd, 24th or 25th    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


 

Community Design Charette- Project Underway

TIME: Saturday, June 20th, 1:00-3:00pm
LOCATION: RWA Garden - 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway                                                    

Join us for a community design charette to plan the future development of Project Underway; a safer walkway, bike way and public space along the underpass of the Rockaway Freeway.

The underpass is underutilized space that should be planned and designed to benefit the community by connecting both the east and west ends of the Peninsula together and provide a safer and more equitable route that people of all ages can use to get to school, work or home. 

Bring family, friends and neighbors to collaborate on ideas about this project. 


 

Rockspot Bike Tour

TIME: Sunday, June 14th, 2015, 10Am-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.


May 2015

Movie Night @ The Garden

TIME: Saturday, May 30th, 5:00-9:00pm
LOCATION: Firehouse 59 Beach 59th Street

Join the Rockaway Waterfront -Alliance RWA for A NIGHT IN THE GARDEN at the Hip Hop Community Garden (Beach 59th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd ) for games, refreshments and an outdoor screening of CAPTAIN AMERICA.

SATURDAY MAY 23RD
6-10 PM

ADULTS $6-12, KIDS $2-5
SLIDING SCALE

Bring your picnic blanket!
Proceeds will benefit the Global Exchange Program.


 

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.


 

4th Annual Far Rockaway Youth Summit

DATE:          Saturday, May 16th, 2015

TIME:           9AM-3PM

LOCATION: Far Rockaway High School Campus,
                     821 Beach 25th St, Far Rockaway, NY 11691

The 4th Annual Far Rockaway Youth Summit is a youth-led and community-wide event that will bring together about 200 Rockaway youth. Registration opens at 9am! Early Bird Raffle!

The theme of this year's Youth Summit—with the tag line "It's The Far Rock Life for Us!"—explores what it means to be a young person in Far Rockaway and emphasizes empowerment.

Targeting youth ages 12-21 (and their parents!),  the event will feature:

  • Workshops on a variety topics relevant to youth
  • Youth Empowerment Speaker Shaun Derik! 
  • Youth Performances
  • DJ G-Money 
  • Resource Fair featuring local programs and opportunities
  • The chance to win RAFFLE PRIZES, including Beats By Dre headphones, gift certificates, and more!
  • FREE lunch 
  • Programming for parents (NEW this year!)
  • Daycare available for children ages 5-11
  • SWAG BAGS for up to 200 participants, including FREE EVENT T-SHIRT
  • And MORE!

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

To register for this event please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-2015-far-rockaway-youth-summit-tickets-16380347059


 

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 under appreciated shoreline community.

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. Then we will venture on see "Project Underway" the 5 mile linear corridor under the elevated A line track that is being developed as a shaded pedestrian/bikeway in the Rockaways. 

This tour is free but registration is suggested


April 2015

 

SHORE Dune Planting

TIME: Sunday, April 19th, 11AM - 3PM

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.

The event will begin with some light refreshments, storytelling, and a walk over to the planting site at Beach 49th street.  From there the planting will commence.

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.


 

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


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. 


 

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