Ferry trips: Red Hook, Brooklyn; and Rockaway, Queens

We’ve mapped out two sweet ferry trips. Even sweeter: Both bring money to Sandy-slammed destinations.



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  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Rockaway Boardwalk

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    Rockaway Beach

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    Cheeseburger and french fries with Yellow Smoothie at Rippers

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  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison


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    Frozen Daiquiri and Pina Colada at Connolly's

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    Playland Motel

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Rockaway Boardwalk

  1. Red Hook
  2. Rockaway


How to get there: During the week, hop on the Seastreak ferry (seastreakusa.com) at either Pier 11–Wall Street or the East 34th–35th Streets pier (East River Esplanade between 34th and 35th Sts) for a cool $2 one way. Weekend warriors will have to throw down more (one-way $20, round-trip $30) by boarding the American Princess Fleet (newyorkbeachferry.com).

What to do: Once you’ve alighted (Beach Channel Dr at Beach 108th St), head south to the boardwalk and pick a sandy spot to lounge, tan and gawk. Adventurous types should hit Boarders Surf Shop (192 Beach 92nd St between Holland Ave and Rockaway Beach Blvd; 718-318-7997, boarderssurfshop.com) to rent a surf ($35 for 4 hours) or boogie board ($7 per hour). Afterward, sate your appetite with a cheeseburger ($7.50), artery-clogging cheese fries ($5) and a Narragansett tall boy ($3) at Rippers (Boardwalk at Beach 86th St; 86badvibes.com), gazing at the Atlantic alongside the often shirtless clientele. Once your stomach is sufficiently lined, head to beloved dive Connolly’s (155 Beach 95th St between Rockaway Beach Blvd and Shore Front Pkwy, 718-474-2374), whose exterior resembles something between an overgrown frat house and your kindly aunt’s home. Order one of the bar’s (in)famous frozen piña coladas or pink-lemonade–and-vodkas ($6 each)—essentially Icees for grown-ups. Those looking to make a night of it (and catch the A train back) should try hipster haven Playland Motel (97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd between Beach 97th and 98th Sts; 718-318-1035, playlandmotel.com), which opened this summer. The restaurant, bar, late-night club, outdoor hangout and, yes, hotel (there are 12 creatively decorated rooms to choose from) is an arty-yet-casual oasis that attracts both fashion-conscious clubbers and weathered locals—and shows that this resilient ’hood is still reinventing itself.—Jeremy Medina

  1. Red Hook
  2. Rockaway

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