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Beach Party in the Rockaways with Veggie Food, Drinks, and DJ Music!

Surf’s up! And if you don’t own a surfboard (or know how to ride the waves), that’s okay. We can still indulge in outta-this-world arepas and drinks at Caracas while soaking in the ocean views at the beach. Join us at Rockaway Beach for an all-day picnic.

Rockaway Beach has beautiful water and endless views of the Atlantic Ocean. You can get some delicious items at Caracas Arepa Bar, where there will be vegetarian/vegan arepas available and drinks. Or, just bring your own food. Sorry - BYO alcohol isn't allowed on the beach, but we can still get a little ‘something-something’ at Caracas and enjoy the party on the patio.

We’ll be gathering at Beach 108th Street and the Atlantic Ocean Beach. This area is easy to get to by bus, subway, ferry or car. Look for Deanna’s green, blue and yellow striped beach umbrella to help you find the group. We’ll be on the beach just to the left of the Beach 108th Street entrance (between Beach 108 and 106 - Caracas is between Beach 105 and Beach 106).  Please note that since Hurricane Sandy, there is no actual boardwalk on the beach. Additionally, entrance points and swimming areas are somewhat limited, which is why we selected this particular spot. It does get pretty crowded on sunny days so please look out for us on the beach.


What to bring:

-- Food and drinks (especially water) for yourself or plan to visit one of the food options listed below.  If you wish to share food, just remember that not everyone has the same dietary restrictions or preferences, but please bring only vegetarian or vegan options.

-- Sunblock

-- Beach towel (especially if you plan to go swimming) and/or a sheet or blanket to sit on (sheets do better than blankets on the sand - the sand easily wipes off while you have to shake a blanket)

**There’s a beach shop at 116th street if you forget to bring a towel or other items for the beach. They also sell boogie boards and a lot of other beach stuff.**

-- Games (cards, frisbee, etc -- anything you wish but if the beach is really crowded, you might be playing in the surf; please keep in mind that not everyone will wish to play games)

-- Magazines, music, etc - all make for a nice, relaxing day at the beach

*Please keep in mind that anything you bring will likely get covered in sand, including your electronics. A good tip is to put them into a ziplock bag to keep the sand out (yes, including your cell phone).

Facilities: there are bathrooms right next door to Caracas and outdoor showers to rinse off the sand.

Food Options

Caracas Arepa Bar:
Right down the beach from where we’ll be is the Caracas Arepa Bar. They have some vegetarian and a Super V vegan arepa option plus a great selection of smoothies, juices, popsicles, beer (and micheladas! a spicy, lemon beer cocktail) and frozen sangria. Usually, there is a DJ on the weekends.

One of the founders, Maribel Araujo, is a vegan and said she can bring out tofu related options. This way, any arepa can be made vegan with the addition of tofu (and subtraction of all meat related items).

Rockaway Taco:

Further down the beach is Rockaway Taco. This taco shack attracts long lines for their legendary tacos. They do have tofu tacos available and a lovely watermelon fresca but be prepared to wait about 20-30 minutes in line. Note: Rockaway Taco is just off of the beach at 95-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard -- the line starts on 96th Street and two blocks off the beach.

Rite Aid: 
There is a Rite Aid at 108th Street near the beach where you can get water and other items. (Note: Deanna has never entered the store and is unclear if they have prepared vegan food options, but they will definitely have water, sunscreen and the like).

Transportation Options

Subway: A train + S train (transfer at Broad Channel stop, after Howard Beach/JFK) and exit at the Beach 105 Street stop.

Ferry: Picks up at Pier 11 on Wall Street Landing starting at 9am until 5:25pm, last pick up from Beach 108th Street Landing is 6:55pm. $20 one-way/ $30 round-trip (and they serve brunch-friendly cocktails on the trip out for an additional charge) http://www.newyorkbeachferry.com/rockaway_beach_ferry_schedule_from_Pier_11_NYC.htm

Bus: Q53 Limited Bus in Queens - travels down Broadway (from Roosevelt Ave) and Woodhaven Blvd to Cross Bay Blvd and drops off a block from the beach.

Weather

What’s the weather going to be like? Since a rainy day at the beach is just no fun (and there is really no shelter nearby), we’ll only hold the Meetup if the weather is good (i.e. no rain) and set a raindate if needed.

http://www.weather.com/weather/weekend/Rockaway+Beach+NY+USNY6678:1:US

In the evening, Caracas usually has a DJ and other activities to keep the party going (weather permitted of course). There are also usually parties at night at Playland, which is down the block from Caracas heading toward Rockaway Taco.

So come early, come late and enjoy the local flavor beach in the Rockaways.  As a group, we'll be there until 6 but people are welcome to stay and celebrate on their own or in small groups too.

See you on the beach!

Deanna 

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  • Monica H.

    Great idea! Next time make the gathering spot easier to find maybe with a kite or balloons? I also wish I knew a head of time that it was cash only at Caracas.

    August 17, 2014

    • NARAYAN

      I agree In large crowded settings, it would be easy to identify by printing the meetup logo and sticking to a helium balloon ..

      August 17, 2014

  • Lis

    Slightly last minute but: Anyone driving from/through East Village who could take two vegan wanna-be-beach-goers with them? :)

    1 · August 16, 2014

    • Kat

      I am in Brooklyn Carroll gardens driving over to rock away. If you want to take the F/G to that stop I can take you. LMK

      1 · August 16, 2014

    • Lis

      So sorry, somehow I did not get the notification until now!! But thanks so much for offering and replying so quickly, that would've been great! Hope everyone had fun :) Lisanne

      1 · August 17, 2014

  • Deanna

    Okay I've posted two new pictures of the setup. We are behind the lifeguard at 107. If you are at Caracas, go to the left and at the end of the cement structure there are three blue paths and we just to the left of the third blue path and behind the lifeguard stand.

    August 16, 2014

    • jin

      I am here and I cannot find you. What color is your umbrella

      August 16, 2014

    • Deanna

      Good to see you Jin!

      August 16, 2014

  • Michael W.

    I'm here. The Entertainment has Arrive. Lol

    1 · August 16, 2014

    • Deanna

      Glad you made it - fun afternoon!

      1 · August 16, 2014

  • Mitchell

    Great day!

    2 · August 16, 2014

    • Deanna

      Definitely! Lovely water too :)

      August 16, 2014

  • Deanna

    We are actually at 107!!!!

    August 16, 2014

  • scott

    Just posted a photo of our setup. You can see the green bathrooms from our spot.

    1 · August 16, 2014

  • Rhianna

    Be there soon! Anyone need anything from the store? I'll try to find one on the way there.

    August 16, 2014

    • Deanna

      I think we are good and you can also grab stuff from Caracas

      August 16, 2014

    • Deanna

      See you soon!

      August 16, 2014

  • Deanna

    There apparently are two umbrellas that look like mine but mine now had a lovely lei hanging from it provided by Joey so hopefully you can find us. We are much closer to 105/106 - just past Caracas!

    August 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was debating whether or not to go because i work last night. On my way now from Brooklyn/prospect park. I'll b taking MTA to get there. Not staying too long, working again tonight.

    August 16, 2014

    • Deanna

      Okay see you soon! Great day for the beach!!!!

      August 16, 2014

  • Evelyn

    I can't make it. Have fun!!

    August 16, 2014

    • Deanna

      Okay catch you another time!

      August 16, 2014

  • Michael W.

    Just left NJ. I will be there in an hour

    1 · August 16, 2014

    • Deanna

      Okay see you soon. We are closet to 106th street and I posted a photo of the setup!

      August 16, 2014

  • Edwin

    Ah had to lend car out. Anyone driving there from nassau, Jamaica, or any of the BK LIRR stops lmk!

    Otherwise mta'ing it up!

    August 16, 2014

    • Deanna

      MTA is a great option - that's how I got here today. See you later!

      August 16, 2014

  • Deanna

    Hey there - we are on the beach closer to 106th street! If you're at Caracas, we are just past the restaurant/bathrooms right behind the lifeguard stand.

    August 16, 2014

  • Deanna

    Hey there! looking forward to our beach day! Look for me or two of our members who are helping out:
    Eliot: http://www.meetup.com/vegetarian-nyc/members/47256812/
    Joey: http://www.meetup.com/vegetarian-nyc/members/8597542/

    Also, Maribel at Caracas confirmed which items are vegan or can be prepared vegan on request at the shop:
    * Arepa Super-V: black beans, avocado, plantains and jalapeños (VEGAN)
    * Arepa Gato: guayanés cheese, avocado and plantains (VEGETARIAN)
    * Arepa La Fresh: queso blanco, tomato, avocado and green herbs sauce (VEGETARIAN)
    * Rice & Beans (VEGAN)
    * Sweet Plantains with cheese (or with no cheese) (VEGAN – REQUEST NO CHEESE)
    * Green Plantains with cheese and herbs mayo or no cheese no mayo (VEGETARIAN)
    * Taro Fries (VEGAN SINCE THE SAUCE IS ON THE SIDE)
    * French Fries (VEGAN)

    She also said we can substitute tofu in the arepas for any meat or cheese. Make the request when you order.

    See you on the beach!

    August 16, 2014

  • Lisa S.

    All my years in New York and I have never been to Rockaway Beach -- at least that I can remember. Looking forward to the sound of the ocean and vegan food tomorrow...

    1 · August 16, 2014

  • David O

    As a local let me answer a few concerns, no dogs on the beach during the summer.
    The surfing beach is down by 92nd, rentals available at Boarders.
    http://www.boarderssurfshop.com/files/Surfboard-Rentals-Rockaway-Beach-New-York.html
    I cannot remember if they still have an outpost on the 96th St conccession or not.
    While technically against the rules, as long as you are not obvious BYO is fine. If you do not make a spectacle of yourself and red solo cup it you should be hassle free.
    Skip the lines at Rockaway Taco, Uma's has some fine vegetarian dishes.
    The frozen's at Connollys on 95th street are worth the walk up. People take them out all time hassle free. Pro-tip, ask for a floater.

    1 · August 15, 2014

    • David O

      It is a great town in summer...and if at the end of beach day you are hankering for some dinner, Thai Rock on the bay end of 92nd has some great vegetarian dishes and a phenomenal deck right on Jamaica Bay.

      1 · August 15, 2014

    • NARAYAN

      Is it fish sauce free Thai?

      August 16, 2014

  • minto

    Hi, does anyone know if this beach is dog friendly? Also, I'll be driving from where I live close to the E & J Trains (Kew Gardens/Jamaica/ 111th street)....If anyone needs a ride let me know.

    August 12, 2014

    • Deanna

      Narayan - if you're concerned about the crowds, there will very likely be a large crowd tomorrow at the beach since it's scheduled to be a sunny day.

      August 15, 2014

    • David G.

      David O responded separately (thanks David O.): "As a local let me answer a few concerns, no dogs on the beach during the summer."

      August 15, 2014

  • NARAYAN

    Two questions?
    Do individuals have to buy beach permit like in NJ?
    How is the parking/permit for a car?

    August 15, 2014

    • Deanna

      Hi Narayan - no, you don't have to buy a parking permit. Parking is in the neighborhood surrounding the beach. I've always taken public transport out but my family has driven and found parking available with some light hunting.

      August 15, 2014

    • NARAYAN

      Ok thanks, I have a very good parking karma, I need a double dose of it tomorrow.

      1 · August 15, 2014

  • NARAYAN

    Hi, I am going to be driving from Union NJ. I would like to either join anyone who wants to carpool and drive or come along with me.

    1 · August 12, 2014

    • Joey A.

      Guys, please message me, I might want to carpool with you as I'm coming also from the area.

      August 13, 2014

    • NARAYAN

      Hi, I will send you my cell phone numbers to coordinate car pooling. Check the messages on the meetup .

      August 15, 2014

  • Joe C

    I went last year and had a great time. Unfortunately, I can't make it this year.

    1 · August 14, 2014

    • Deanna

      Hey Joe - was great to see you last summer and sorry to miss you this time. We'll do this again :)

      August 14, 2014

  • Brigitta B.

    anybody is into surfing?

    1 · August 12, 2014

    • Deanna

      There's usually more surfing further up the beach but sometimes there are surfers in the area

      August 13, 2014

  • rozr

    I'm going to try. It's a long trip from Astoria, but I hope to make it.

    1 · August 12, 2014

    • Deanna

      Great! If you can get to the Q53 bus, it's simpler than taking the A train ....

      August 12, 2014

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