On the Southern edge of Queens, Rockaway Beach greets the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. A popular beach spot for New Yorkers and tourists alike, Rockaway Beach has been named the largest urban beach in the United States. In the early 1900s, the Rockaway Railroad was built, followed by further growth in infrastructure of bridges and subway lines. The beach became more accessible to all New Yorkers, and it soon became known as "New York's Playground".
Evidence of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 still remains in some parts of Rockaway Beach, however the community has made a lot of progress towards revitalization efforts of the town's buildings and boardwalk. Today, Rockaway Beach buzzes with activity, particularly in the summer months, when all-seasons residents are joined by vacationers and surfers. Unfortunately, with heavy activity, trash builds up on the beaches and along the coast. Much of this trash consists of small pieces of single-use plastics and Styrofoam that threaten the health of the Atlantic and the marine species in and around it. In an effort, to keep Rockaway Beach clean, please join us in a cleanup to help preserve this New York treasure. This cleanup is a part of International Coastal Cleanup Day, which is a global volunteer effort to protect our world's oceans.
As a thank you to all participating, a lunch will be catered by Cabot's Gratitude Grille, after the cleanup.
A special thank you to all of our partners: Rockaway Beach Civic Association, Ocean Conservancy, Cabot, and NYC Parks.
United by Blue will provide water and all cleanup supplies. Please wear sturdy shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or wet!
Learn more about the cleanup calling 215-278-7858 ext. 4 or by emailing [email protected]