Wooden name board of The Rockaway Hotel

Community Engagements

For decades, people have flocked from New York and beyond to Rockaway Beach for its cityscape surfing. The Rockaway Hotel sits mere blocks away from the only surfing designated beach in New York City limits, offering the rare beauty of city skyline views within the surf break and our programming partners will provide access to the vibrant local surf culture - effortlessly cool and open to all. 

The hotel serves as an anchor for the Rockaway Beach community - a gathering place for locals and an opportunity to bring Rockaway Beach’s surf, art and music scene to guests through cultural experiences. 

The Rockaway Hotel is founded upon the core values of experience, community and environment. We activate these values through arts and cultural programming, strategic partnerships and a commitment to public service.

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Liberty Bell Project

NANCY BAKER CAHILL “LIBERTY BELL
AN AUGMENTED REALITY PUBLIC ART PROJECT

July 4, 2020 – July 4, 2021

On view at Rockaway Beach & The Rockaway Hotel at Beach 108th Street, Queens, Fort Tilden at Gateway National Recreation Area & Shirley Chisholm State Park, Brooklyn

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MoMA PS1’s Warm Up

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Custom Spotify Playlist: MoMA PS1 Warm Up x The Rockaway Hotel

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Press Release: 

WARM UP RETURNS ON SEPT 5 2020 WITH ONE-DAY LIVESTREAMING PROGRAM BROADCAST ONLINE AND AT OUTDOOR VENUES ACROSS NEW YORK CITY

Lineup Features Exclusively NYC-Based Artists and Collectives to Celebrate Our Local Music Communities

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Jamaica Bay Festival

September 12, 2020

Join The Rockaway Hotel, Art Production Fund and Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy for a special viewing of “Liberty Bell” by Nancy Baker Cahill at The Rockaway Hotel rooftop. Commissioned by Art Production Fund and presented in partnership with 7G Foundation and Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, Liberty Bell is an animated, monumental, and richly sonorous augmented reality (AR) public art project experienced on smartphones and tablets through Baker Cahill’s free 4th Wall appThe Rockaway Hotel is the official Liberty Bell Rockaway project hub.

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Swim Initiative Pilot

SWIM INITIATIVE PILOT
WITH THE RISING TIDE EFFECT

October 2020

In October 2020, The Rockaway Hotel partnered with Rising Tide Effect to place deserving students with limited financial resources into an intensive four-week pilot program which offered essential swimming skills and water safety training to a group of 7 students from St. Johns Residence for Boys.

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The Big Yard Mural

THE BIG YARD MURAL
October 7, 2020

Friends of Seaside Playground (FOSP), in collaboration with 7G Group, are pleased to announce Shantell Martin as the artist chosen for the Big Yard Mural. Martin’s proposal will transform the “The Big Yard,” located at Seaside 

Playground on the corner of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and B109 Street in Rockaway Park, Queens, into an oasis...

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Art Sundae

ART SUNDAE
WATERSIDE CHILDREN'S STUDIO SCHOOL STUDENTS TO COLLABORATE WITH CONTEMPORARY ARTIST CES ON PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION

June 2019

Art Production Fund & Fort Gansevoort are pleased to present the fifth iteration of Art Sundae in collaboration with contemporary artist CES and the students of the Waterside Children's Studio School.

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Beach Clean-Up

BEACH CLEAN-UP

August 10, 2020

The Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, The Rockaway Hotel, and NYC Parks had a socially distant beach cleanup at Rockaway Beach.

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The Hospitality Way

THE HOSPITALITY WAY
IGC Hospitality and 7G Group Launch The Hospitality Way Program at The Rockaway Hotel

April 2021

The six-week Hospitality Way program aims to educate and empower the local Rockaway community seeking jobs in the hospitality industry.

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Lilac Jam

LILAC JAM

April 2021 - Ongoing

Lilac Jam is a curated evening of live performance at The Rockaway Hotel. The series celebrates and provides a platform for artists working in a diverse range of mediums including poetry, music, dance, acting, DJing, activism and other performative arts.

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Seascape With The Fabulous Plant of Rejuvenation In The Abzu

SEASCAPE WITH THE FABULOUS PLANT OF REJUVENATION IN THE ABZU
BY IVAN FORDE

June 2021

Ivan Forde’s first large-scale public work poeticizes Rockaway’s history and depicts an underwater seascape of literary characters alongside local fish and birds.

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Baxter St on The Rock

BAXTER ST ON THE ROCK

June 18, 2021

On Friday, June 18, Baxter St, the oldest lens-based NYC organization, will honor Harper's Bazaar EIC Samira Nasr, Tariq “Black Thought" Trotter, and emerging photographer Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. for Baxter St on the Rock, its fourth annual benefit.

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Pop Ups at The Rockaway Hotel

The Rockaway Hotel is thrilled to showcase small businesses right here in our Lobby. If you are interested, be sure to fill out our Pop Up Form and a member of our team will be in touch with you.