Join us for a cleanup & shoreline walk on Friday, November 23 @unitedbyblue @jamaicabayguard #bluemovement #bluefriday #blackfriday

This Black Friday we will be skipping the stores and heading to shores!

 Join the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy & the American Littoral Society Northeast Chapter for a shoreline cleanup and walk at Jamaica Bay Park 

Friday, November 23
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Jamaica Bay Park
28-16 Edgewater Road, Far Rockaway, Queens
(at Faber Terrace and Granada Place)

In partnership with United by Blue, this Black Friday is Blue Friday: a day of DIY cleanups with friends and family nationwide. The cleanup will be followed by a walk on our new mile-long bayside trail running from Jamaica Bay Park to Bayswater Point State Park. 

Bags, gloves and pickers will be provided to volunteers, but United by Blue have pre-assembled cleanup kits to make it easy to put one together! We encourage participants to order theirs by Thursday, November 14. Use promotional code: JBRPC at check out!

Imagine the impact we could make if all of us spent just one hour giving the outdoors some TLC on 11/23. Please RSVP by emailing us at: info@jbrpc.org.

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EVENT POSTPONED: Flooding in the Rockaways: Strategies for Adaptation - free film screening and panel discussion October 11 at 6:30pm #climatesignalsnyc #Rockaway @climatemuseum

TO BE RESCHEDULED.

Flooding in the Rockaways: Strategies for Adaptation

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What does it mean to call a water-edge city home in a time of extreme weather? How can our communities learn to live with rapidly rising seas? When might retreat make sense? Join us for a screening of short documentary Managed Retreat by Nathan Kensinger, followed by a panel discussion on the flooding challenges the Rockaways face and what we can do about them.

This event is presented by the Climate Museum and the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information on the panelists (Nathan Kensinger, Lisa Bova-Hiatt, and Alex Zablocki, as moderator) and to RSVP, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flooding-in-the-rockaways-strategies-for-adaptation-tickets-50911097463

Breezy Point Beach Cleanup 9/23 - #Volunteers Needed @jamaicabayguard @gatewaynps @thewavenews @rockawaytimes #JamaicaBay #BreezyPoint #Rockaway

Breezy Point Beach Cleanup

Volunteers Needed

Sunday, September 23, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Breezy Point Tip, Gateway National Recreation Area

As part of International Coastal Cleanup Day, which took place on September 15, 2018, join the American Littoral Society - Northeast Chapter, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and the Gateway National Recreation Area - National Park Service in a beach cleanup at Breezy Point Tip. Volunteers will meet at the fishing parking lot, Breezy Point Tip (Rockaway Point Boulevard and 4th Avenue, Breezy Point, Queens) at 11:00 AM.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear sturdy closed toe shoes, long pants, sunscreen and be prepared for the weather. Gloves, picks and bags will be provided. Water and snacks will be available on site.

Event rain or shine except for extreme weather.

**Limited parking on site; carpooling and accessing by the bike recommended.

Directions:

Travel west along Rockaway Point Boulevard; enter the Breezy Point Cooperative and continue along Rockaway Point Boulevard to the end (Breezy Point Tip, Gateway National Recreation Area). Parking in the fishing parking lot is limited.

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/285848132023392/ or by emailing info@jbrpc.org.

Free Jamaica Bay Pollinator Festival September 30 at 10AM @jamaicabayguard @nycaudubon #JamaicaBay #pollinatorfestival

Jamaica Bay Pollinator Festival

Sunday, September 30 ☼ 10am - 4pm

at the

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Join butterfly, bird, and nature enthusiasts for a day of activities at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Learn about butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, flies, hummingbirds, and a host of other wildlife that help pollinate the many species of wildflowers, food crops, and other plants that sustain life on planet Earth at the first ever Pollinator Festival at Jamaica Bay. Bring your binoculars (or borrow ours) and lots of curiosity! Free* and open to the public.

RSVP HERE

9:45am Meet at the Visitor Center for registration and complimentary coffee and doughnuts

10:00 Welcome Remarks from the National Park Service – Rick Jenkins, Chief Ranger

10:15 Pollinators of Jamaica Bay – Don Riepe, American Littoral Society

10:45 Life History of the Monarch – John E. Potente, Ph.D., Torrey Botanical Society

11:30 Monarch tagging and release – A Visit to the pollinator garden and new marsh overlook at the refuge

and hike around the refuge area to look for butterflies, day-flying moths, hummingbirds, and other pollinators – NPS, ALS and NYCA leaders

12:30pm Lunch—bring a bag lunch!—or drive to a nearby deli

1:30 Drive/Van to Fort Tilden to observe the annual migration of the Monarch Butterfly, hawks and other birds

3:30 Return to the Visitor Center for Q&A and complimentary juice and cookies

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*Donations appreciated to help offset costs. Find out more at http://www.nycaudubon.org/pollinator-party-and-monarch-festival-2018. This event is a collaboration among NYC Audubon, Gateway National Recreation Area, the American Littoral Society—Jamaica Bay Guardian, and the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy.

Directions: The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is located along Cross Bay Blvd in southern Queens approximately 2¼ miles south of Howard Beach and ¼ mile north of Broad Channel. Q52 and Q53 buses stop on Cross Bay Blvd at the Visitor Center parking entrance traffic signal. The 10-minute walk to the Visitor Center from the A train stop at Broad Channel is approximately ¾ mile.

Rockaway! 2018: Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama #RockawayKusama

ROCKAWAY! 2018: NARCISSUS
GARDEN
 BY YAYOI KUSAMA

JULY 1–SEPTEMBER 3, 2018
FORT TILDEN

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MoMA PS1 presents Yayoi Kusama’s (Japan, b. 1929) site-specific installation of Narcissus Garden (1966–present) as the third iteration of Rockaway!, a free public art festival presented with Rockaway Artists Alliance, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and Bloomberg Philanthropies in the Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Tilden. Comprised of 1,500 mirrored stainless steel spheres, Narcissus Garden is on view in a former train garage that dates to the time when Fort Tilden was an active US military base. The mirrored metal surfaces reflect the industrial surroundings of the now-abandoned building, drawing attention to Fort Tilden’s history as well as the devastating damage inflicted on many buildings in the area by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Narcissus Garden was first presented in 1966, when Kusama staged an unofficial installation and performance at the 33rd Venice Biennale. The silver spheres, originally made from plastic, were installed on the lawn in front of the Italian Pavilion, reflecting the landscape of the exhibition grounds. Kusama herself stood among them, barefoot and dressed in a gold kimono, alongside yard signs inscribed with the words “Narcissus Garden, Kusama” and “Your Narcissism for Sale.” Throughout the opening day of the exhibition, Kusama remained in the installation, tossing the spheres in the air and offering to sell them to visitors for 1,200 lire (approximately $2) each. The action, which was viewed both as self-promotion and a critique on the commercialization of contemporary art, would later be seen as a pivotal moment in Kusama’s career as she transitioned from installation toward the radical, politically charged public performances that would be the focus of her work in the late 1960s in New York City.

The performances that followed the first presentation of Narcissus Garden became increasingly more elaborate and regularly involved multiple participants. Kusama often staged these happenings in or near New York City parks and cultural landmarks, including Body Festival (1967) in Tompkins Square Park and Washington Square Park, Love In Festival (1968) and Bust Out Happening (1969) in Central Park, and Grand Orgy to Awaken the Dead (1968) in the sculpture garden of The Museum of Modern Art. Iterations of Narcissus Garden have since been presented worldwide.

The installation of Narcissus Garden is accompanied by an exhibition in the neighboring Rockaway Artist Alliance gallery that charts the history of Rockaway! and the ongoing work of the Rockaway Artist Alliance.

Hours and Admission
Free and open to the public Friday through Sunday, 12:00–6:00 p.m., and on July 4 (Independence Day) and September 3 (Labor Day), 12:00–6:00 p.m.

Directions
Fort Tilden (169 State Road) is accessible by the Q22 and Q35 buses, the A train/shuttle to 116th St, via NYC Ferry from Wall Street/Pier 11 (from Manhattan) or Brooklyn Army Terminal (from Brooklyn), and via bicycle. Parking is available at adjacent Riis Park, or on-site by requesting a temporary permit from an RAA representative at the sTudio7 main desk.

See the exact location of Rockaway! 2018 in Google maps.

For more information, please visit: https://www.moma.org/rockaway

Join @jbrpc on June 16 for Family Fun at Bayswater Park: Kayaking, Bird Watching, Nature Walks, Games and More! #FarRockaway #freeevent #QueensEvents

Family Fun at Bayswater Park

Bayswater City Park
Saturday, June 16
10 AM – 12 PM

Bay 32nd Street & Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway, Queens

** Meet near the picnic area **

Join the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, American Littoral Society - Northeast Chapter, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Gateway National Recreation Area for a fun afternoon in Bayswater City Park! Attendees can go kayaking, bird watching, learn how to cast a fishing pole, experience nature on trails, play games and more!

Please check this page or our website at www.jbrpc.org for any weather updates.

Sponsored by City Councilman Donovan Richards, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, the American Littoral Society Northeast Chapter, NYC Parks and Gateway National Recreation Area.

Free Movie in the Park: Disney's Moana at Westbourne Playground #FarRockaway June 14 at 7:30p #movieinthepark #queensevents

JOIN US FOR A FREE SCREENING OF DISNEY’S MOANA!

THURSDAY, JUNE 14 AT 7:30 PM SPONSORED BY:
WESTBOURNE PLAYGROUND
26-01 MOTT AVENUE, FAR ROCKAWAY, NY
NEXT TO PS 104

RSVP Today - walk-in welcome

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Sponsored by:

Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy
NYC Parks
Councilmember Donovan Richards

Please check www.jbrpc.org for weather updates on the night of the event.

Join @RWA_NYC, @gothamwhale & @JBRPC on June 8 to celebrate @WorldOceansDay with a free film screening, reception & panel discussion of the film Ocean Frontiers III #farrockaway

FREE FILM SCREENING - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

In celebration of World Oceans Day, join the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, Gotham Whale and Green Fire Productions for a reception, intimate screening and discussion of

Ocean Frontiers III: Leaders in Ocean Stewardship & the New Blue Economy

Friday, June 8, 2018 at 6:30pm

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance
58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Far Rockaway, NY 

  • Easily accessible by taking the A train to Beach 60th Street
  • Bike friendly venue
  • Street parking

For free tickets, please register herehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/ocean-frontiers-iii-leaders-in-ocean-stewardship-the-new-blue-economy-tickets-46014958981

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Ocean Frontiers III is a truly unique and hopeful ocean film that chronicles our efforts to plan for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future. It explores the intersection of national security, maritime commerce, fishing, and recreation, plus expanding industries such as offshore wind energy and aquaculture, coupled with scientific discovery. The film tells the story of how ocean planning helps us manage and balance all the uses of our ocean to keep it thriving for generations to come. Savor rare underwater footage of stunning marine life along the coast from Virginia to Maine and hear from a range of people who are leading the way to a sustainable and thriving ocean.

Light refreshments will be served. The film will be followed by a Q&A and panel discussion with local leaders helping to protect our oceans.

Produced by:   
Green Fire Productions

Program Sponsored by:
Rockaway Waterfront Alliance
Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy
Gotham Whale