Posts categorized as Rockaway

Edgemere Farm Dinner – not to be missed

Edgemere Farm Far Rockaway 3

Located on 385 Beach 45th St. in Far Rockaway, the Edgemere Farm is a market garden for new and experienced farmers. Many local business such as Goody’s, Uma’s and Claudette’s have plots here, growing their produce locally. I’ve been hearing great things about the dinner nights at the Edgemere Farm. We ordered tickets and finally visited last Thursday. The first thing I said after walking in was “Why is this the first time I’ve come all summer?” We checked in and found a table. They go fast, so come early. To save […]

The Nature Walk – Outside My Door

Apple Tree - Rockaway Queens

This is the first official “garden” post for our new location in Rockaway, Queens. I’ll post everything from a beach critter I find on the sand to the tomatoes growing in my backyard. Here’s the first post in The Nature Walk series! I discovered this beautiful Grasshopper the other afternoon. He was hanging out on my sunflower. This guy isn’t the only one enjoying these flowers, the bees are buzzing on them all day. In the spring, I ordered the Northeast Wildflower Seed mix which included sunflowers and other seeds that work […]

the basement challenge

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The challenge: finish the basement by Sept. 1. As much as we would like to, we can’t stay at our dreamy beach front sublet forever. We’re moving into the basement of the house to save money while work on the upstairs continues. When they say construction takes twice as long as you anticipate, they actually mean three times as long! Here’s where we started. We’ve cleaned, pealed and chipped off cement from the brick walls. The biggest decision for the basement was whether or not to drop a ceiling or clean […]

A Whole New World

Fiver with tomatoes

This photo sums up our new life – cats, construction and food. We’ve been making pit stops on our way home, “food shopping” for delicious tomatoes and other vegetables  from Maureen’s garden. (No judgement please; we’re on a budget now!)  This sheetrock container has come in handy. Reuse, recycle, right? Even thought I’ve been laboring at the house daily, It feels like I’m on vacation. I’ve been body boarding after I’m done working at the house, biking, and enjoying the beach. Shore living is relaxing by nature, I suppose. I’ve also […]

On Seagulls

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The Fig “Bush”

This past winter was harsh, there is no doubt about it. We experienced continual and bone-chilling cold for too many months. When spring arrived, it was joyous and we looked forward to the renewal of the earth. But our hearts sank, when we looked at the dead branches on our beloved fig tree.  Despite the devastation of superstorm Sandy, our tree survived another season and we enjoyed the delicious fruit.  But this winter looked like the death knell for the tree until we cut away the dead parts.  We saw […]

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Friends of Memorial Circle Prepare for the Wounded Warriors Arrival

Wounded Warrior Project Rockaway

“The evening arrival of the Wounded Warriors was wonderful made better by the enthusiastic cheers of so many beautiful children. Their artistic efforts were greatly appreciated and their joy was infectious. A huge crowd joined the children and we were all proud to honor the soldiers.” – Fran Honan Friends of Memorial Circle organized a sign-making party for the kids on 119th Street ahead of the Wounded Warrior parade on Wednesday, July 9th. Gather at Memorial Circle, Rockaway Beach Blvd at 120th Street by 6:15 p.m. to welcome them to Rockaway. […]

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House update: windows, wood, radiators and a working toliet

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We have a working toilet, no walls to enclose it but hey, we’re not picky. Things are moving along, here’s the update. (Yes it looks crazy, we know) We hadn’t planned on changing the windows but Maureen found a deal on Craigslist for Andersens that we couldn’t pass up. They’re in great condition. We couldn’t believe someone would throw these out! Another person’s trash… that’s what they say, right? We managed to replace all windows on the first floor. The new ones bring in more light – I’m very happy with […]

Bon Jovi Was Here

No Looking Back

Jon Bon Jovi in front of our house in a cool car.  Working on the front garden has proven to be a great way to meet my new neighbors. Everyone has been super nice and welcoming. During conversions with various people, the movie No Looking Back has come up.  ”Your house is in that movie!!”  they say. We discovered this awesome fact for the first time from a patron at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club a few months ago. Our house appears in the movie from the outside, when the scenes cut to the […]

Who was Nelly Murray?

1938 letter

View letter full size. We’re working on submitting permits to DOB for the renovation, and they want records showing the historical use of the house as a three family building. The first thing we noticed is that I’m the first non-Irish person listed on any record having to do with the house ever! More importantly, we came across a letter from what became the DOB from 1939, stating that the house was used as a three family and the bungalow as a two family as far back as 1928. The […]