Posts categorized as Rockaway

Maureen’s in The Wave – Veterans’ Circle

Very proud of my Mother-in-law Maureen (and Tomato Gal contributor!). She’s been recognized in The Wave for her dedicated service in the beatification of Veterans’ Circle. Check it out! Photo Credit Dan Brown:    

the drop in


Last summer we were so busy with renovations, it wasn’t even a summer for us. With most of the construction complete, this year is different. It’s only hitting me now… we have a beach house in Rockaway.  Friends, friends of friends, Great Aunt Mary’s second cousin, my co-workers and everyone in-between is dropping in. Text message: “Hey Paula, I’m down in Rockaway, can I park in your driveway? Oh, lets get drinks at Connolly’s too!” After two weekends of random drop-ins, it clicked. “This is going to happen every weekend, isn’t it? I need to […]

Project Front Garden – Part 1


The front garden is happening! I’ve been waiting  2 1/2 years for this –  I love gardening (as you know). First things first – the retaining wall needed fixin. At one point a section of the front garden was cemented over to accommodate better parking. Also the wall was essentially falling apart everywhere (as show below). I thought of using brick to rebuild the retaining wall (it would match the steps)  but then I remembered the picture from 1938. I decided to stay with the cement because it would keep the house closer to its original form. My […]

Spring is here on Beach 91st


Spring has arrived in Rockaway. Time to get the bike tuned up! The new boardwalk will be done in two months, I can’t wait to cruise the whole stretch. I’m so excited to start gardening. I have big plans for the front garden this year. I’m in the process of writing a post about it. For now, here are some photos of what’s popping up in my garden. The irises. The peonies. To my delight, the Japanese maple twig I took from my sisters’ house last summer is growing! One […]

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The Bathroom (1st apt)


I recently posted about the first apartment, it’s done! Now I want to get into the details. I’ll write about each room, starting with the bathroom. The biggest challenge was the shower. When Jared our architect made the plans, we thought a standing shower would be best – a space saver, right? The base before it was installed. A year later when we searched for glass to fit the base (already in place), we discovered it costs around $2,000 for materials/installation, that’s a lot. We then considered taking the base out […]

Wanna live with us?


The smaller of the two apartments, (the one bedroom) is done. I can’t believe I’m writing this post. Two years and three days since we bought the house,  it’s on the market! I’m going to post in detail on the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom but for now here are some eye candy shots. If you know anyone who wants to live on the raddest surfer block in Rockaway Beach, here’s the official listing.     Cookie not included.  

Are you going to the Prom?


Everyone who’s anyone on the peninsula will be at the Poseidon’s Prom on February 27th. The Poseidon’s Prom is a party to raise funds for the 2nd Annual Poseidon’s Parade held on the strip of boardwalk between 106 – 97th street (Rockaway Beach). I was blown away in September when I attended the inaugural event. I predict this year will be triple the mermaid mania! Take a look at pictures from last years parade here. Tickets to the Prom are $40.00 which include open bar (you can’t beat that!), appetizers, and hot beats by DJ […]

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B91 street tree update

juniper tree

Since November when I posted about Parks finally filling my request for a tree, our block received more additions! One Juniper was planted on the side of the Beach House condo and another was set in the tree pit in front of my neighbor to the left! Junipers are beautiful evergreens. They’re even more beautiful when left to grow wild. On the side of the condo there is space for at least two more trees. Why didn’t they plant more?  I’m hoping the parks dept. utilizes this space in the spring. The bark of the […]

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Grand Opening – End of the A’s Tea and Coffee Bar


January 2nd is the grand opening of END OF THE A’s  tea and coffee bar. It’s located inside the shop! Sounds delicious right? Make sure to check it out in the coming weeks. Source @endofthea END OF THE A 437 Beach 129th street Rockaway Park, NY Facebook

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Our Lady of Jamaica Bay


Maureen has been hinting around that she wanted a grandiose Mother Mary for Christmas. She deserves it.  Matt, master of craiglist searching, found a beautiful three foot statue in Brooklyn with a classy two foot base. The rendezvous was set, which was somewhat less classy. We were to meet the guy in the Toys “R” Us parking lot on Flatbush Ave at 3pm. It felt like we were participating in illegal activity, just sitting waiting in the kiddnapper van in a children’s store parking lot with a wad of cash in hand. The Mary guy […]

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