The summer’s hottest beachside club and pool party is in Queens

An article praising The Rockaway Hotel for summer in New York

The summer’s hottest new pool party is at Queens’ Rockaway Hotel, a new luxury resort that opened in September blocks from the ocean, giving the city its first chic beachfront place to stay — and party — in at least a generation.

“This is a whole new world. This is beautiful,” said Brooke Weingarten, who lives nearby and had rented a cabana for her mother’s 59th birthday. “In my 29 years of life nobody knew what Rockaway Beach was and then all of a sudden it was like, ‘Oh, I can’t wait to come there.’ ” 

In the pool, Weingarten felt the scene was a victory lap for the peninsula’s comeback after Hurricane Sandy nearly wiped it out.

“I like that all these different communities can come together and vibe out. It’s a relaxing environment,” she said. “That’s what Rockaway is in a nutshell.”