We were on the “J”-line subway train Sunday on our way from a surfing day at Far Rockaway, Queens, back to our HQ in downtown Manhattan when this woman boarded the subway car in Brooklyn with a beautiful Linux fixie bike.
We spent part of our weekend surfing (and checking out a lot of art and drinking a lot espresso, too, of course) at New York City’s Far Rockaway Beach. Some friends invited us too an après-surf Korean BBQ B-day party at a condo across from the beach, where a group of people have rented the condo exclusively for the purposes of storing their surfboards so they don’t have to schlep them from Manhattan and Brooklyn. The living room has been turned into essentially a very large and comfortable closet to keep a quiver of some twenty boards. Clever. Love it.
Reid van Renesse’s art photography of skaters, surfers and life in New York City’s Rockaway Beach captures the playful, urban beach subculture of this gritty, singular Queen’s neighborhood. The artwork shown here was recently exhibited and for sale as part of a local fundraising event at Rockaway Beach Surf Club to raise money for rebuilding a skate park destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
This colorful Mexican taco stand in New York City’s Far Rockaway beach neighborhood is called, aptly enough, Rockaway Taco. It arguably has the best fish tacos in NYC, quite possibly the best along the eastern seaboard. The place is a magnet for NYC beach-hipsters and urban surfers from Manhattan and Brooklyn, but popular with Rockaway locals, too. Get there early, as the line is often long at peak times of the afternoon and early evening.
An actual physical copy of the Winter 2012-2013 issue of the Usual founds its way into our hands. The mag is a Montauk, New York surf-culture magazine that feels like a newspaper (it’s printed on newsprint and is formatted like a tabloid), but the editorial style is like a magazine, albeit with more of the small-run, casual depth of a well-designed art zine. The Usual features excellent photography, illustrations and graphics that capture the lifestyle and feel of the NYC-Rockaway-Montauk art-surf scene.