Food and Fun Coming to the Riis Park Bathhouse Starting July 4

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The Riis Park Bathhouse is coming back to life. The guys who brought the Riis Park Beach Bazaar to Riis (RPBB) officially got the keys and they’re gearing up to revive the Bathhouse with pop-ups all summer long, starting July 4.

“We are thrilled to be given the opportunity by the National Parks Service and Gateway National Recreation Area to oversee the redevelopment of the long dormant Bathhouse Beach Pavillion and Courtyard at Riis Park. As a first step before major renovation begins, we will be opening areas of the Bathhouse that haven’t been accessible to the public for decades. The massive outdoor Courtyard and indoor Beach Pavillion will host special pop-up experiences beginning this summer,” Belvy Klein and Aaron Broudo of Riis Park Beach Bazaar said in a press release.

What will these pop-ups entail? Food, and plenty of it. “Close to a dozen mouth-watering food vendors will take up residence along the entire boardwalk expanse of the Bathhouse Pavillion,” Klein and Broudo said. Among them will be plenty of local-owned spots and some old favorites that have served Riis Park in recent years.

The west side of the Bathhouse Beach Pavillion will feature local, Mark Gravel’s Musser’s Famous, serving up his grandmother’s famous namesake crab cake recipe. The Meat Up by Rockaway native, Michael Fiore will have a menu featuring a pizza melt grilled cheese sandwich with Calabrian Salami, Cuban Grilled Cheese and “Salty Dog”. Fletcher’s BBQ is coming back with its ribs, pulled pork, BBQ wings and more. Trop Pops will have frozen 100 percent whole fruit on a stick dipped in dark chocolate. And finally, Ample Hills Creamery, ranked the No. 1 ice cream shop in New York City, will be bringing their sweet treats to the Bathhouse.

On the east side of the Bathhouse Beach Pavillion,  John’s Juice will be serving up fresh juice, served in the fruit itself. Beach House will feature specialty lemonade and frozen ices. La Cevicheria is coming to Riis with fresh ceviche and other Peruvian staples such as quinoa with shrimp and chicken dishes. Wise Block Cade will be your breakfast go-to with iced coffee and teas, avocado bagels with savory spreads, pastries, and granola. The guys from By The Beach Cocos will also be opening up a new stand called the Greenhouse, serving açaí and other fruit bowls and smoothies.

While the food lineup is stellar, that won’t be the only thing you’ll find at the Bathhouse. Inside the Beach Pavillion will be a space to rent beach chairs and umbrellas, a beach sundries spot and even a video arcade. Outside, there will be a beer garden on the western side of the courtyard with free music and programming every weekend, plus beach volleyball and table tennis courts.

Camp Rockaway, which finally made their debut in Fort Tilden at the end of last summer, is back, but this time they’re teaming up with the Riis Park Beach Bazaar by setting up tents near the Bathhouse. They’ve already been booking overnight stays in the eastern side of the sand-filled courtyard.

The Bathhouse will have a soft opening on July 4 with a party featuring DJ Misbehaviour. On July 7 and 8, there will be an opening weekend party featuring Get Summered, and Jonathan Toubin will take over the weekend of July 14 and 15 for another special celebration. After the July 4 soft opening, the Bathhouse will be open through Labor Day.

 “Entering our fourth season at Riis Park, RPBB looks forward to bringing greater NYC more delicious food, more great programming, more local artisanal vendors and of course, more fun in the sun. The Bathhouse Beach Pavilion promises to complement RPBB’s already noteworthy food, vendor and event offerings along the beautiful Riis Park boardwalk,” Klein and Broudo said.

Make sure to check out the RPBB website: www.RiisBazaar.com for a full list of programming and entertainment throughout the summer.

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