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Rockaway Beach, NYC: Nature, Art, and Ruins.

Rockaway Beach, NYC: Nature, Art, and Ruins.

Confession time: I hate beaches.

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Oh, I love a good shoreline. I love the ocean. But a beach with perfect, white sand, where I can sit and soak up the sun? I’d rather be at the dentist.

rockaway beach nyc

rockaway beach nyc

There’s just something sterile and artificial about most beaches that I’ve visited. Too many people, too much blank sand. There’s no chance for anything wild or unpredictable.

So I should have really hated Rockaway Beach.

rockaway beach nyc

rockaway beach nyc

I mean, it’s in New York City. I wasn’t expecting to find anything wild, or quiet, or lovely. I wasn’t expecting that I would end up staying all afternoon, relaxing and exploring and watching the funny birds fight over mussels.

So I was wrong.

rockaway beach nyc

rockaway beach nyc

The area around the beach was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Sections of the beach were still being repaired when I went in August, more then two years after the storm. In the area where I walked, near Fort Tildon, you can see places where the boardwalk was simply washed away.

That might have explained the lack of crowds. But even the most dilapidated stretches of the beach were very much alive.

rockaway beach nyc

rockaway beach nyc

rockaway beach nyc

rockaway beach nyc

rockaway beach nyc

rockaway beach nyc

rockaway beach nyc

rockaway beach nyc

rockaway beach nyc

rockaway beach nyc

rockaway beach nyc

rockaway beach nyc

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rockaway beach nyc

rockaway beach nyc

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8 Comments

  1. I hear what you’re saying about tourist beaches. I used to live a 2 minute walk from a “working beach” where fisherman lived–that’s probably one of my favorite beaches. There were never tourists there, because they didn’t know it existed, and you couldn’t swim because there were too many jellyfish, but it was a very interesting place to wander1
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  2. I love this post! I’ve been wanting to visit Rockaway Beach but have never made it there. Also, that street art shoe is very cool.
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  3. Oh! these pictures are lovely! I never manage to get good shots of birds… I don’t like either crowded beaches, but I love the seashore and unknown beaches. Never heard about this beach in New York but seems nice :)
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  4. I’m not one for sandy sterile beaches either although I do love rock pooling and exploring coastlines. Much more interesting than sitting on a picture perfect beach!

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  5. I’m with you on beaches. They’re not high on my list of favourite things to do either. Too many people, too sandy and too wet. Plus most of them smell funky. But beaches in the off season are nice. You can just go sit on a log and breathe in the fresh air and the quiet. I think I would enjoy this one too.
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  6. I *love* beaches. But I grew up in Perth in Western Australia which has the best beaches in the world! I didn’t know NYC had beaches either…I mean, I assumed it must have shoreline …but I didn’t imagine a swimming beach. Great post and lovely pics!
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