Posts Tagged ‘community’

In the Kitchen with Nicole Russell, creator of Last Dragon Pizza

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Previously published in The Wave. “Push the dough out from the center, roll it lightly and don’t get too close to the edges,” Nicole instructed. “Can you believe I’m Italian and have never made pizza dough before! I’m so embarrassed” I admitted. “I’m Jamaican and I’ve never cooked oxtail, so don’t worry about it,” Nicole responded with a laugh. The conversation flowed naturally. I felt like I’d been in the kitchen with Nicole Russell for years. Nicole is the creator of Last Dragon Pizza in Arverne. We’ve been meaning to […]

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Young Local Artists Brighten Up Beach 91st St. Community Garden


As a child, I naturally gravitated towards art. I always loved putting the pencil to paper, making collages, making a mess and using bright colors to paint my Barbie dolls!  As a teenager, my passion for art continued. Instead of sitting in the cafeteria with my friends on a free period, I’d go to Ms. Carrion’s room, my art teacher, to continue working on my class projects. I’m not creating art now so much and I miss it. Last summer I volunteered to seasonally update the Beach 91st Street Community […]

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Santa’s Coming to Town!


Rockaway native, Jager James telling Santa his wishes for Christmas! Photo Credit: Beth Perkins Meet Santa and his elves this Saturday through December at the following locations! Bungalow Bar – Saturday Dec 2 – 11:30AM-3:30PM RBCA Tree Lighting in Front 0f the Library – Saturday Dec 9 – 2PM-3PM Rockaway Wish at Belle Harbor Yacht Club – Sunday Dec 10 – 1PM-4PM (There Usually Are Free Fun Things To Do For Kids At This Event) Shots with Santa at Seawolf (Brooklyn) – Saturday Dec. 16 – Time TBD Christmas Pop […]

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Through the Threshold of Zingara Vintage


Previously published in The Wave. I walked in Zingara Vintage the other day and my eye was drawn to a sparkling multicolored sequined blouse from the 80’s. The wide sleeves were shaped like the wings of a butterfly. An image of my Grandmother Pauline flashed in my head and I had a comforting feeling. Many items at Zingara Vintage remind me of my Grandma’s closet, filled with all its treasures. She had a wonderfully impactful, eclectic style– gold costume jewelry, lace shawls, retro sunglasses, big brimmed hats, long beautiful dresses.  […]

I’m pledging #zerowaste


I was working on a menu design in my home office when I heard a truck pull up outside. Being nosey and easily distracted, I peeked out the window. It was a white truck and behind it was a sanitation car. The back gate of the trailer rolled up and two men started unpackaging dozens of brown bins. Finally, our composting starter kits were here!! I grabbed my phone and ran outside, immediately instagramming a picture, tagging @nycsanitation. I’ve been eager to participate in the NYC Organics Program. The purpose […]

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Poseidon’s Parade 2017

Oh… I have such a great idea for a costume for the parade this year I had to sign up. And I’m going solo (unless you want to join me?)! There’s still time to register! And of course if you’re not marching, you must watch all the theatrics this Saturday noon-4pm. It starts at Beach 105. Here’s some photos from a few years back to get you  in the spirit! Photo via Facebook / Poseidon’s Parade 2017  

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A Commuter’s Palace – Beer, Wine, and Baked Shrimp Chips


It just so happened I got booked with some freelance days in the city the very first day the ferry set sail. Perfect timing! Everyone has heard the details thus far, there are some kinks to work out, yada yada yada. But overall the response from our community seems positive, as is mine. After work on May 1st I headed to Pier ll for my voyage back to Rockaway. The ferry before us was at capacity so the line for the 6:30pm seemed endless. The mood was jovial despite this. […]

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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:    

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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Inaugural Poseidon’s Parade – Spectacular Success


As the parade approached the 97th street stretch of the new boardwalk, I immediately thought, “This is like a New Orleans second line!” The Poseidon’s Parade was a block party in motion. The parader’s merged with the spectators and everyone just started dancing. The old and the young and everyone in between partied in celebration of Rockaway and the end of an awesome summer! Congratulations to the organizers (the Rockaway Mermaid Brigade) for their hard work in creating a truly special community event. I have know doubt that the Poseidon’s Parade will become a longstanding Rockaway tradition.   The creativity […]

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