From Rippers at Beach 86th to Low Tide Bar and the concessions at Beach 96th and Caracas at Beach 106th, patrons can casually walk along and grab food and drinks with an ocean view, without ever having to step foot on the street or sidewalk.
“The reopening of this portion of the boardwalk at Rockaway Beach marks a huge milestone for a community that has worked tirelessly to rebound from the devastating aftermath of Sandy,” State Senator Joseph Addabbo said.
With the section of the boardwalk now open, it’ll be a boon to the businesses. It makes traveling between the concessions much easier and offers visitors a lot more places to sit and relax while checking out the spectacular views.
Prior to the reconstruction, residents had to walk down to the road, which is populated by vehicles and bikes and could be dangerous for pedestrians at times.
“In the time the boardwalk has been closed, businesses that operate along this stretch have suffered and tourism has been hindered as beachgoers were not able to truly enjoy all the wonderful things that Rockaway Beach has to offer,” Addabbo said.
“This new boardwalk will give beach visitors better access to all the great restaurants and shops throughout Rockaway Beach and will help alleviate crowding in certain sections of the park, leaving no doubt that everyone who visits this beautiful beach leaves happy,” he added.
Amidst celebrations for the newly opened portion of the boardwalk, the community also got some additional good news: the flagpole destroyed by Sandy at Beach 94th Street will be installed as part of the project that will construct a performance space at the entrance near Shorefront Parkway.
Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder had been advocating for the flagpole since it’s original exclusion from the $200 million boardwalk revitalization plan.
"The boardwalk is Rockaway's park,” said Goldfeder. “It's the symbol of our community and of our continued resiliency in the face of the devastation during Sandy. I am pleased that the Parks Department has agreed to install a flagpole at Beach 94th Street to reflect the strong sense of patriotism felt by Rockaway families.”
Currently, the project is in the midst of a massive renovation that is expected to reopen the entire 5.5 mile stretch of the boardwalk by next summer. In addition to the $200 million project, the city pledged a $480 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to boardwalk revitalization, will all of the leftover money remaining in Rockaway.
In a ceremony in the spring, the Beach 94th entrance was officially opened by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and a throng of elected officials. For now, the project is on schedule.
The boardwalk from sections Beach 19 Street to Beach 39 Street will be rebuilt during the fall and winter of 2016 and by summer of 2017, the entire boardwalk construction will be complete.