Things to Do

Things To Do

Some Things to Do

Normally this page would be full of events and happenings around town. With Coronavirus causing most, if not all events and meetings to be canceled, we can only list a limited number of events that are virtual or with social distancing in mind.


Go Paddle!

The Community Boathouse is back! Kayaking programs are now taking place at Bay Breeze Park on Beach 88th Street and the bay. Open paddles are now taking place every Saturday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunset paddles take place on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to walk up, sign up and spend some time exploring Jamaica Bay by kayak. Kayaks and lifejackets provided. Social distancing and masks required when in groups.  Weekend paddles are also expected to start soon. Follow the Community Boathouse Rockaway Beach on Facebook for more info.


Clean Up the Community

The Far Rockaway National Pan-Hellenic Council is hosting a community clean up event on Saturday, July 18 at 11 a.m. Volunteers are needed. Meet at the Mott Avenue train station. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided. If you'd like to volunteer, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is an opportunity to earn two community service hours.


Get Tested

Think you might have COVID-19? The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center is now offering testing at 1288 Central Ave. Testing takes place on Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the general public. Senior citizens can get tested on Mondays from noon until 3 p.m. Call 718-945-7150 to request an appointment. Two new testing centers have also opened in Far Rockaway. One is at the Sorrentino Recreation Center (18-48 Cornaga Avenue) and the other is at Beach 39th and Beach Channel Drive.


Black Lives Matter Paddle Out

Black Surfing Rockaway hosts its third paddle out on Saturday, July 25 at 9 a.m. The paddle out will go from Beach 101st to Beach 109th Street, eight blocks for the eight minutes that George Floyd couldn’t breathe. Bring your own board or borrow one for the event. Follow black_surfing_rockaway on Instagram for updates.


Tune in To Rockaway Times TV

The Rockaway Times is bringing you a little something extra. When you get your Rockaway Times by e-mail each Thursday, you’ll be directed to Rockaway Times TV where you can catch short clips of the various businesses that are open during this coronavirus pandemic, along with other short videos from around town to full-length features. Tune in at 


Food Help for Seniors/Disabled

Are you a senior or disabled person who lives between Beach 149th and Beach 96th Street and unable to

get food during the pandemic? Contact Lew Simon or Jeanette M. Garramone for help at 718-945-1216. If you are able to donate any canned goods or food items to this cause, you can also reach out.


Beach Yoga

Kevin "Soupy" Campbell is back with yoga on the beach. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, join him on Beach 104th at 8:30 a.m. to get your Om on.