A Hipster Hotel for the Rockaways?


The Rockaways may technically be in Queens but, now that Williamsburg foodies are taking over the beach-side concessions and bearded surfers are everywhere, they have to be considered an honorary extension of Brooklyn. In case you needed further confirmation of the area’s hipification, the Wall Street Journal (via NY Mag) reports that Sean MacPherson (man-about-Montauk and developer of the Bowery and Jane hotels) is thinking about a project by the sea: “It’s the Lower East Side on the beach. It’s like, ‘Why are people not living out here?’” Obviously by “people” he means the cultured and moneyed classes. He does have a point though: Why spend your weekend in bumper-to-bumper traffic on Route 27 when you can just hop on the A train instead!
Photo by NonaBrooklyn

18 Comment

  • ‘Why are people not living out here?’” this guy sounds like a total a-hole.

  • I have to say your right fjorder… There are a lot of people in Far Roc maybe the people there are sub-human to this guy…..

  • The Rockaways are a wonderful place in QUEENS…not Brooklyn. Let that borough have something that is all it’s own!

  • This is going to sound idiotic but seeing young hipster women with babies is very weird to me.

  • The beach and boardwalk in the Roackaway are great, but it’s a mistake to lump the whole area into one package. There are a series of neighborhoods from Wavecrest/Bayswater near Nassau, to Far Rockaway, Margert, Averne, Edgemere, Hammel, Rockaway Park, Neponsit and Breezy Point. Poplation density, housing types and income levels vary throughout the neighborhoods, many of which are filled with well-established home owners. That said, thanks for the info about the food. Sounds like that’s in Rockaway Park and that I can even ride my bike there.

  • The beach and boardwalk in the Roackaway are great, but it’s a mistake to lump the whole area into one package. There are a series of neighborhoods from Wavecrest/Bayswater near Nassau, to Far Rockaway, Margert, Averne, Edgemere, Hammel, Rockaway Park, Neponsit and Breezy Point. Poplation density, housing types and income levels vary throughout the neighborhoods, many of which are filled with well-established home owners. That said, thanks for the info about the food. Sounds like that’s in Rockaway Park and that I can even ride my bike there.

  • I’ll take Riis Park. In QUEENS.

  • Was out there a few weeks back and experienced some extremely mediocre Mexican food from one of the food trucks on the boardwalk after waiting on a long line and listening to an inept DJ bungle random songs on Serrato, and the place was overrun / more packed with people then I’ve ever seen it!

    For anyone that would go hang out / surf in Rockaway, the recent food trucks coming and this recent hype is the worst thing to happen..

    One of the things that is great about Rockaway is that it is NOT Brooklyn, and has it’s own feel (and you can surf there) – but being the foodie culture is red-hot right now, the trucks brought in the droves of people you would normally see in Williamsburg / PS1, etc.. I think Coney could work for a funky motel, but leave Rockaway alone a bit longer please! :)

  • Ugh I think I need to start an organization called “people who puke on hipsters in rockaway.” People (myself included) ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN LIVING HERE FOR A VERY LONG TIME. They’re ruining Rockaway by taking the money from these food trucks/boardwalk stands back to Brooklyn and still leaving the neighborhood in shambles. This article is classist awful crap. I also saw an article which described that hipsters are getting mugged/crime in the 100th precinct (Rock Park) has essentially doubled. Maybe they’ll all get mugged and won’t come around anymore.

  • The best thing to happen to the Rockaways in decades is the presence of “hipsters.” They spend money, they enjoy culture and good food. Unfortunately, Rockaway is not ready for this infusion of decency. Rockaway has been led by the “hold outs” for so long that the residents aren’t even sure if the war is over. As a property owner in the Rockaways I would love to see the peninsula develop, but as of now even a movie theatre is far from reach. As for the surfing, it’s touted to be the best on the East Coast and surfers can be seen frolicking on the waves through out the winter months. I love hipsters, I am “mom” to more than one.