Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Rockaway! Opening Day - Sunday June 29th
Rockaway! Opening Day
Sunday, June 29, 12 – 8 pm
Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area
Rockaway! is a large-scale, free public contemporary art festival that runs fromthrough Labor Day at Gateway National Recreation Area’s Fort Tilden and at Rockaway Beach Surf Club. The event, which involves existing and new, site-specific works by local and internationally acclaimed artists, celebrates the re-opening of Fort Tilden and the recovery of the Rockaway! peninsula, which suffered significant damage in Hurricane Sandy.
Rockaway! is a direct outgrowth of an unprecedented partnership forged between the National Park Service and the City of New York to unite and revitalize the parks around Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway peninsula. It is also the first large-scale public program hosted by the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, a public-private organization created to support the federal-local partnership.
The festival involves many partners who joined hands to bring positive attention to the Rockaways, its communities and its natural resources. Rockaway! is presented by the National Park Service (NPS), the Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA), the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC), the Rockaway Beach Surf Club (RBSC), the Honolulu Biennial and MoMA PS1, whose chief curator Klaus Biesenbach – a Rockaway resident – provided artistic leadership. The event is made possible by generous support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Rockefeller Foundation and The Secunda Family Foundation. Additional support provided by the Moore Charitable Foundation, National Grid, Volkswagen of American and NYC Parks.
The Rockaway! Opening Day event is an opportunity for the National Park Service, Rockaway Artists Alliance, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and MoMA PS1 to join other Fort Tilden partners, festival supporters and Rockaway residents to kick-off the Rockaway! public art festival and celebrate the reopening of historic Fort Tilden, which has been closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. The event is family focused, with children’s art activities, baseball clinics, orienteering, historical tours and theater performances. It will also include a Community Hub, a space where non-profit organizations working around Jamaica Bay can share information on their own program.
In addition, the opening day event is an opportunity for local residents to be the first to experience this innovative art festival, which runs through Labor Day. The festivities at Fort Tilden close with a poetry reading by Rockaway resident and punk rock legend Patti Smith and a special appearance from actor James Franco, but the party continues after-hours at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. A detailed schedule of events is below.
Food trucks begin operation
Rockaway Little League concessions open
Free water, lemonade at RAA
Theater performances: Rockaway Theater Company, RTC building (20-30 minutes)
Historical tours of Fort Tilden: NPS Rangers, departing from picnic grove (30 minutes)
Theater performances: Rockaway Theater Co., RTC building (20-30 minutes)
Historical tours of Fort Tilden: NPS, departing from main picnic grove (30 minutes)
Rockaway Beach Surf Club party begins!
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Rockaway! Parking and Public Transit Info:
NOTE: Parking at Fort Tilden is limited, but there is plenty at Riis Beach (cost is $10 per vehicle). There will be shuttle service from Riis Beach parking lot to Fort Tilden.
VISITORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE MASS TRANSIT or BICYCLE!!!
Bike racks will be available at key locations around Fort Tilden.
Public transit options to Fort Tilden include:
American Princess Ferry to Riis Landing - americanprincesscruises.com , , and Holidays only.
Seastreak Ferry to Beach 108th St + Q22 bus - seastreakusa.com, through only.
A train + Rockaway Shuttle to Beach 116th St + Q22 bus - mta.info
2/5 train to Brooklyn College + Q35 bus - mta.info
Q35 or Q22 bus – mta.info
Rockaway Beach Surf Club is located at 302 Beach 87th Street. Parking is limited and on-street; driving directions can be found at http://www.
Seastreak Ferry to Beach 108th St +Q22/Q53 bus - seastreakusa.com
A train + Rockaway Shuttle to Beach 90th St - mta.info