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.
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. Follow the Community Boathouse Rockaway Beach on Facebook for more info.
Parade of Blades
Step right up to Whit’s End on Sunday, July 26 and have your minds blown, not just by the food. Magician Adam Cardone, sword eater Marlena Dee and Throwdini, the world’s best knife thrower, will be entertaining guests starting at 7 p.m.
Clean Up & Protect Plovers
Join the NYC Parks Stewardship Team as they help protect the Piping Plover nesting area by remove debris in the surrounding area on Sunday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Beach 59th Street. Volunteers should dress in clothes that can get dirty and wear a face mask. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone. Space is limited and registration is required. Register at: www.nycgovparks.org/reg/stewardship/9971
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.
Beach Sessions is back, but this time they’re going virtual due to coronavirus. This time they’re hosting Tik Tok Challenges. New York choreographers are creating dance challenges that people can do at home and post to social media. All challenges will be released on Thursday, July 30 on Beach Sessions’ TikTok profile (@beachsessionsdanceseries), Instagram (@beachsessions_rockaway) and website. If posting videos for the challenge, use hashtags: @(artist tiktok), #beachsessions2020, #dancechallenge
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 RockawayTimesTV.com
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.