Get on your bikes and ride… to the edible plants. This Sunday, the Rockspot Bike Tour, sponsored by the National Park Service, will depart from Firehouse 59 in Rockaway Beach at 10 am. Participants in this non-competitive event will pedal through the eastern section of the Rockaway Peninsula, exploring everything from natural vegetation to dunes to edible plants.

Get on your bikes again and ride… back in time. On Sunday, October 12th, a second Rockstop Bike Tour will lead participants from the Jacob Riis Batthouse through Gateway National Park to the western end of the peninsula. This time, the focus will be on sites of historical and environmental significance.

More information on these two tours is on the jump page.


Poland celebrated its first Dzień Dziecka (Children’s Day) on June 1st, 1952, as part of an international observance that the Women’s International Democratic Federation had established in 1949. As it takes place near the end of the academic year, the festivities are mostly school-based, and parents often buy gifts for their children. This year the fun heads to “The Peninsula,” as the Beach 116th Street Partnership will launch its first annual Poland’s International Children’s Day this Sunday. Honoring all the world’s youth, this extravaganza will have a distinctive Rockaway style with over 30 food/drink vendors and stalls, live music and entertainment, folk dances, a Junior Miss Polonia competition, face-painting, crafts, rides, carnival attractions, and a petting zoo, among other programming. Expect everything from pierogi to kielbasa to Mazowsze-style dancing.

Details: Poland’s International Children’s Day, Beach 116th Street between Rockaway Beach Boulevard and the Ocean Promenade Walkway, Rockaway Beach, June 1st, 10 am to 9 pm, free.

Photos: Poland’s International Children’s Day


Image Source: Rob MacKay

Sometimes good things happen to good organizations. The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, which has been spearheading relief efforts in Southeast Queens since Hurricane Sandy, recently received a $1,500 donation from Applebee’s and the Queens Tourism Council.

The money was raised via Breakfast with Santa, an event that took place at the Applebee’s branches in Astoria, Bayside, Fresh Meadows and Rego Park on Dec. 22, 2012.