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Summer Adventures – Gone Surfing in the Rockaways !!!

by Naima Sanowar

in FAMILY,Living,New York

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As you all know by now, even after living in New York City for close to twenty years, I still look at this wonderful city like a tourist. I never get bored and I am always looking for exciting new places within the five boroughs to visit, cultural events to attend, places to eat at. How thrilled I am that my five year old son Karate Boy, is equally as adventurous as his Mum. My partner in crime at my side, we have been discovering all hidden gems throughout the tri state, and we love sharing them with you all. Last Sunday it was the Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival on the Lower East-side.

This week I read this fantastic article in the New York Times , the heading was  ” Taking  the A  Train to Summer“ . I urge you to read it to get a more detailed look into how  the Rockaways in Queens has transformed from a place of urban neglect to a hangout for young artsy types who make their homes in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan. The Rockaways has also coincided with the swell of surf culture. I had planned to explore The Rockaways one weekend during the summer. I read in the Daily News on Friday that there was this festival taking place this past Saturday ” 5th Annual Rockstock and Barrels, 90th St. and The Boardwalk, Rockaway Beach. Surf Contest-Skate Jam-Concert this Saturday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) family friendly and FREE.”

What a perfect adventure for Karate Boy and his nine year old cousin Daniel, who is on holiday with us for the summer. Surfing, skateboarding, and Rock n roll, you can’t beat that for two little dudes like Karate Boy and Daniel. To be even more adventurous, instead of taking the car and driving there, we followed the route that the New York Times Article wrote about above ” Taking the A Train to Summer”. I was a bit skeptical at first, taking the subway to a beach? Then I thought, I am The Adventurista after all, if anyone can do this smoothly, it will be me of course. Off we went, the boys were armed with their Nintendo Ds1 games and  we headed to The Rockaways via the A Train. We had the best time at the beach, what a way to start the summer season. I completely recommend that you take a trip down to The Rockaways with the family, friends or just solo. There is a bit of everything for one to get into and of course, there is SURFING!!!! I will leave my photo diary below to show how fabulous and fun our adventure at The Rockaways was. A few mentions of the places we frequented follows  my photo diary. Hope you enjoy looking at the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Rockaway Taco for the yummiest Tacos on the Beach.

Babycakes NYC for delicious waffles and vegan and gluten free treats

Wank Boarding for custom skateboard/longboard designs

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Joy June 20, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Very cool diary Naima . Love the Photos . Looked up Jaden in the dictionary and it said “Too cool for words” :)

Jannie June 20, 2011 at 4:37 PM

I love these photos N. I cant wait to go for a visit to Rockaway after reading your article (and try some of the places you recommended for food etc… including some surfing). Thanks for the incite!

Ann June 20, 2011 at 4:56 PM

This is so cool Naima…looks like fun…makes me wanna head north. ^_^

Naima Sanowar June 20, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Thanks everyone, we had such a wonderful adventure at The Rockaways. Let me know what you all think when you do visit. Rockaway Taco is a MUST!!!

Yas June 20, 2011 at 11:03 PM

Co-wooool!! I’m so checking the rockaways out with my own city safari kid! As usual Naima u’r ahead of the curve. Love the pics and the piece!xo

kirstin June 21, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Blimey Naima.
These are such wonderful pictures! Looks like you all had a fabulous time….x

Nicole Ellis June 21, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Wow Naims! I haven’t been to Rockaway beach in about 20 years. You’ve definitely given it an inviting feel through these pictures and your article “Gone Surfing in the Rockaways”. It has now been added as one more place for me to visit with my girls. Thanks.

Naima Sanowar June 21, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Thanks Kirstin,

Who would have thought , The Rockaways would become a destination spot. The boys and I had a blast.

Naima Sanowar June 21, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Thanks so much Nicole, you would be so shocked at how much The Rockaways has changed. The boys can’t wait to go back.

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