Taking the A Train to Summer, published June 15, 2011
Over the last few summers, this sandy and pockmarked peninsula has become an unlikely hangout for young, artsy types who make their home in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan. Arriving by single-gear bicycle, Zipcar and the occasional skateboard, they’ve turned the once- neglected beach community into an anti-Hamptons, where polo games and Champagne galas have been replaced by bungalow barbecues and piña coladas at old Irish pubs. “The boardwalk is the new Bedford Avenue,” said Mr. Kaye, 34, referring to the cafe-clogged commercial spine of Williamsburg.
Riding the Rails to Ride the Waves, published July 22, 2011
ON any given summer morning, they pop up on the A-train platform at Nostrand Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, along with the Caribbean women headed to nursing duty in Queens and the security workers and European tourists off to Kennedy Airport: young men with bagged surfboards dangling from their shoulders. Out to the Rockaways in Queens they ride, mostly getting off at Broad Channel, changing for the shuttle to the main break at Beach 90th Street, where new waterfront condominiums overlook rows of Dutch Colonials and enormous apartment complexes jut out to the shoreline far into the distance.
Off the Train and Onto a Wave, published August 4, 2011
MANY New Yorkers may not think of surfing as a way to spend a summer day. After all, riding the waves typically means a flight to someplace exotic or at least a jitney ride to the Hamptons. But the only ticket you really need is a MetroCard: Rockaway Beach in Queens is an A-train ride away from prime surfing. Not only is Rockaway Beach a staple summer day trip for city dwellers, but it’s also a year-round destination for the surfing set.