If you just want the short version, this is a rave review.
The long version begins with us arriving for a staycation, being greeted by friendly, welcoming staff at the front door of The Rockaway Hotel, the brand new place on Beach 108th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. A minute later, you’re struck by the sleek lobby and the feeling you’ve just left Rockaway but you haven’t; you’ve stepped into an alternate Rockaway universe, Rockaway, at its best. It’s Rockaway potential, realized.
And then you get another nice greeting from people, all with blue masks, working in the lobby and at the front desk.
The details start to reveal themselves. There’s a book on a table by Patti Smith who famously made Rockaway her home; a Ramones album