2014-01-10 / Community

Beach Walk Marks The New Year


Waving to the beach walkers of Sandy Hook. Photos by Don Riepe Waving to the beach walkers of Sandy Hook. Photos by Don Riepe Starting things off on the right foot, more than 100 people joined a New Year’s Day beach walk organized by the American Littoral Society.

At 11 a.m. the diverse group set off for a brisk hike along the dunes and beaches behind Fort Tilden.

Northeast Chapter Littoral President Don Riepe said, “This is our 30th year of doing this.”

“We only missed last year, (after the hurricane) when the beach was closed,” he said.

As they have done every year, the group tried, unsuccessfully, to flash signal their counterparts in Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

“Later we came back to the Rockaway Artists Alliance gallery,” Riepe noted. There they celebrated the new year and enjoyed refreshments.

RAA provided live music, which included an impromptu sing along, and visitors took in the current Gifted exhibition. The showcase is on view through Sunday, January 19th.

Riepe expressed thanks to Ranger Lincoln Hallowell for his help making the event a success. The walk was done in partnership with the National Park Service’s Gateway National Recreation Area unit.



The 30th annual American Littoral Society New Year’s Day Beach Walk sets off at Fort Tilden. The 30th annual American Littoral Society New Year’s Day Beach Walk sets off at Fort Tilden.

Enjoying post-walk refreshments at Rockaway Artists Alliance T-7 gallery. Enjoying post-walk refreshments at Rockaway Artists Alliance T-7 gallery.

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