The Tides Breaks Waves This Summer


It’s no secret that New York’s population is growing and with that, more developments are popping up all around us. In the past few years, Rockaway has definitely been a part of this growth, with more homes and condos being built. Arverne by the Sea LLC, a joint enterprise between developers, The Benjamin Company and Beechwood Organization, has been constructing many new properties in the area. With the big surfing community nearby and more people looking for beachfront living, many people are heading towards our peninsula for these dwellings and they have their eyes on Arverne by the Sea’s newest development—The Tides.

The first phase of The Tides, a market-rate rental project, awaits final inspections and is expected to open within a couple of weeks. The 126-unit building includes 12 studios, 48 one-bedroom, 38 two-bedroom and 28 three-bedroom apartments. This is just one of the eight buildings that will soon to be a part of the Arverne by the Sea community. According to their website, “when complete, this mixed-use community will have approximately 2,300 homes and be the largest revitalization project in the northeast.” The current rental prices are $1,775-1,885 for a studio, $1,890-2,060 for one bedroom, $2,345-2,800 for a two bedroom and $3,035-3,415 for a three bedroom with cable and Wi-Fi included.

The building will not only offer beautiful views, but will come equipped with its own gym (until the gym is open, each resident will get a free membership to the YMCA), in-ground pool and 24-hour concierge. “The building is user and eco friendly, we will have bike rack storage, private parking and solar panels,” Gerard Romski, CEO of Arvene by the Sea, said. The solar panels will help reduce the amount of electric being used in the building, which means tenants will be paying less for their electric bills while doing something good for the environment. Each unit also comes with a washer/dryer, stainless steel appliances, wood floors, quartz countertops and electric stoves.  The luxury apartments were designed by Urbahn Architects of New York City, which applied a chic, modern look to each unit. “It’s the first of its kind in Rockaway,” Chris Gonzalez, Vice President, development and acquisitions of the Beechwood organization, said.

In addition to all the amenities, the building will also have storefront properties, including a restaurant with a balcony, Locals Surf School and cafe, and Vino by the Sea wine shop. And it was just announced that Cuisine by Claudette of Beach 116th Street will be opening another restaurant in the space.

“I think it's a great addition to the Rockaways,” Far Rockaway resident, Ramonita Flores said. “All the new additions have made Rockaway more appealing to visit and live in.” Rockaway residents seem happy to see new developments in the area but also are hoping to see more education and healthcare facilities in the future. “Developers continue building and beautifying the area, which is great, but there is only one poorly-rated, underperforming and understaffed hospital to serve the entire peninsula. You must travel 35-45 minutes to get quality healthcare at a decent hospital,” Christine Lawton, a Rockaway Park resident who was looking to buying a home in Arverne by the Sea, said. “In addition, if you live in Arverne by the Sea, your only option for quality education is private school as the zoned public school has been underperforming and failing for many years. I believe new schools are most important, for the new increasing population and for the old and new members of the community.”

Spots are already filling for The Tides and future tenants, like Jermaine Harrison, are excited to move into the brand new building. “I've been a Rockaway resident my whole life and I'm looking forward to the new apartments. I am happy to have my own balcony and to be closer to the beach,” Harrison said.

Rentals are still available and you can find out more information through their website: or by going to the leasing office at 190 Beach 69th Street. For those who are curious if the building is pet friendly, pets are welcome, except for aggressive dog breeds or those more than 45 pounds.

New York continues to change and develop with Rockaway coming along for the ride. “We love Rockaway already but this building definitely raises the bar,” Romski said.