Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Rockaway! Opening Day - Sunday June 29th


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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 from June 29 through 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.


11:45 am            Parking shuttle begins operation from Riis Beach (continuous loop until 8:15 pm)

NOON                Fort Tilden event opens!
                         Community Hub opens, Rockaway Little League clubhouse
 Food trucks begin operation
 Rockaway Little League concessions open
 Free water, lemonade at RAA
               
1 pm                 Children’s art activities: Rockaway Artists Alliance, Building T149 (ongoing until 4pm)
                         Baseball clinic: Rockaway Little League, RLL field (30-40 minutes)
Theater performances: Rockaway Theater Company, RTC building (20-30 minutes)                                 Historical tours of Fort Tilden: NPS Rangers, departing from picnic grove (30 minutes)
                        Orienteering course: NYC Urban Park Rangers, from picnic grove (ongoing until 4pm)
                        Camping/kayaking demonstrations:  NPS, picnic grove (ongoing until 4pm)

2 pm                 Baseball clinic: Rockaway Little League, RLL field (30-40 minutes)
                        Theater performances: Rockaway Theater Company, RTC building (20-30 minutes)
                        Historical tours of Fort Tilden: NPS, departing from main picnic grove (30 minutes)

3 pm                 Baseball clinic: Rockaway Little League, RLL field (30-40 minutes)
Theater performances: Rockaway Theater Co., RTC building (20-30 minutes)                                          Historical tours of Fort Tilden: NPS, departing from main picnic grove (30 minutes)

4 pm                 Children’s activities end

7 pm                 Performance: Patti Smith and James Franco, spoken word (outdoor stage)

8 pm                 Fort Tilden event closes
                        Rockaway Beach Surf Club party begins!

8:15 pm            Last shuttle departs Fort Tilden for Riis Beach parking lot


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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.  

                                Fort Tilden is located at 169th Street and Rockaway Point Blvd.  Driving directions can be found at http://www.nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit/directions.htm

Public transit options to Fort Tilden include:
American Princess Ferry to Riis Landing - americanprincesscruises.com , SaturdaySunday and Holidays only.
Seastreak Ferry to Beach 108th St + Q22 bus - seastreakusa.comMonday through Friday 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.rockawaybeachsurfclub.com/about-1/

                                Public transit options to the Surf Club include: 
Seastreak Ferry to Beach 108th St +Q22/Q53 bus - seastreakusa.com
A train + Rockaway Shuttle to Beach 90th St - mta.info
                                                                Q53, Q22, QM16 bus - mta.info

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