Rockaway Is Home To Families, Not Hipsters
At first, it was a refreshing sight to see people with fedoras on funny looking bikes ride down the boardwalk, instead of kids from Hammels on my bike. And how exciting was it that the concession stands on the boardwalk were going to sell cool, “cheap” new food?
However, after a few articles from the New York Times, I realized that the hipster invasion of “Rockalpulco” isn’t going to help out our neighborhood in the way we thought it might. The people behind the articles about Rockaway in the Times need to get a grip.
This newly-discovered “anti-hamptons” is not full of “dilapidated bungalows” and swarmed with housing projects.
Instead it’s full of families who have always known that it’s great, and that is why they call it their HOME. I don’t know which side of the A-train these people writing articles got off, where they didn’t see “one kid, and it was great.” Clear those coke bottle glasses my funky friends, because you are mistaken.
Rockaway Beach is the home of families who have been sharing the common love of living near the ocean in an amazing community. We didn’t “discover” it by staking it out like Columbus – we have roots here.
I’m not saying that newcomers or outsiders aren’t welcome, but please don’t think that a few quick rides on the A-train makes you responsible for turning Rockaway into a great place to be.
As residents of this neighborhood, we have already dealt with the housing projects, lack of city funding, and the violent, classless people who come and pollute our homes and act irresponsibly on our beaches. Yes, the beach is a NYC park. But this peninsula is our neighborhood. It has more to offer than fish tacos and crappy bungalows. It’s full of beautiful homes, great schools, and wonderful people who are beyond proud to live here. It’s where I’m proud to have grown up, and where my parents are proud to have grown up. It’s where I hope to buy a home and raise my children one day, not just come for the summer. So before you call us a “pockmark” or think that Rockaway is a “neglected” town, which lucky for you is a stop on the A-train, please realize that you are not just going to the beach. You are going to a strong, wonderful community, whose residents will not stand for being abused by a few trendy people.
A few words of advice to the newcomers: put on some shoes, tip your bartenders, take your garbage with you, and please don’t take this summer to “learn” how to swim in the ocean. But if you really must – do it before 6 p.m., or you will drown. Have a fun “skip, hop and jump” on the A-train, see you in two hours.