Rockaway! 2018: Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama #RockawayKusama



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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 The silver spheres, originally made from plastic, were installed on the lawn in front of the Italian Pavilion, reflecting the landscape of the exhibition grounds.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.

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:

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 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



RSVP Today - walk-in welcome

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Sponsored by:

Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy
NYC Parks
Councilmember Donovan Richards

Please check 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


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 here

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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


#Volunteer with @JBRPC, @unitedbyblue, @NaturalAreasNYC & @gatewaynps at Canarsie Pier #Brooklyn June 2 in celebration of @WorldOceansDay

Help us keep Jamaica Bay clean!

We’re joining United By Blue and area partners for a cleanup of Canarsie Pier. In celebration of upcoming World Oceans Day, we'll tackle the trash along the coastline to prevent it from flowing into the Atlantic Ocean.

On June 2, 2018 we’re picking up trash and removing marine debris with our friends at United By Blue, Natural Areas Conservancy and Gateway National Recreation Area in a one-of-a-kind shoreline cleanup. Meet us at 10am at Canarsie Pier, Brooklyn, on June 2nd - we’ll have all the gear, free snacks, and prizes!

Event Date: June 2, 2018
Time: 10am - 12pm
Location: Canarsie Pier (Rockaway Parkway and Waterfront), Brooklyn, NY 11236
Sign up Link:

To volunteer, register here:

Join @jbrpc for a nature walk, scavenger hunt, and arts and crafts at Bayswater Park on 4/28!


Come celebrate the wild parts of New York in Far Rockaway as we take residents, students, teachers, park lovers, parents and children on a nature walk and scavenger hunt, and end the day with some arts and crafts!


Bayswater City Park
Meet at the picnic area
Bay 32nd Street and Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway


Saturday, April 28, 2018
10 am – 12 pm


Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy in partnership with NYC Parks, Councilmember Donovan Richards and City Nature Challenge 2018. For more information, visit, email or call 347-690-0931.

Kid Friendly

#JamaicaBay & #Rockaway residents we need your help for the City Nature Challenge 2018! @macaulayhonors @inaturalist @TheWaveNews ‏@Rockawaytimes ‏

Join us April 27 - 30 for City Nature Challenge 2018!

Jamaica Bay and Rockaway residents - we need your help to find all of the creatures that call our city home during the City Nature Challenge 2018! In both the paved and green spaces of our city, many species survive and thrive. The Macaulay Honors College and Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy are asking all New Yorkers - residents, visitors, commuters, students, teachers, pedestrians, park lovers, parents, children, EVERYONE - to become citizen scientists and help make as many iNaturalist observations as we can. For more information, please visit:…/city-nature-challenge-2018-ne…

On Saturday, April 28 from 10a - 12p, find us at Bayswater Park (Bay 32nd Street and Beach Channel Drive) as we lead children on a nature walk, scavenger hunt and art project, and help make observations through iNaturalist.

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The @RockawayTimes #photocontest is now open! Submit your #Rockaway & #JamaicaBay photos by April 13

Oh Snap! $500 For The Winner

As published in the Rockaway Times | BY ROCKAWAY STAFF

15 FEBRUARY 2018

The Rockaway Times Photo Contest Is Back !

Hit us with your best shots (again)! The Third Annual Rockaway Times Photo Contest is now underway.  As our regular feature, Local Color, shows — Rockaway is full of some talented photographers.  But the contest reveals the best of the best and you don’t have to be a professional to win the top prize of $500.

Last year’s winner, Jennifer Keim, snapped a gorgeous shot of a wave splashing a bulkhead, with a sunset and the Breezy Point Lighthouse in the background.  It was taken on her iPhone. The contest's judges didn’t seem to mind as they deemed hers the best among 15 finalists at a ceremony at Caracas on the boardwalk.

The boardwalk was also the site of where photos of 30 semi-finalists had their work displayed.  Photo entries were blown up to poster-sized masterpieces and were displayed from Beach 19th Street to Riis Park.  One of the finalists, Joe Seminara, said, “What an honor! The photos are all amazing and they add so much to the boardwalk.”

Photos submitted are also considered for the annual cover of The Rockaway Times Summer Guide.  In 2016, Timmy Burke’s bike on the beach adorned the cover and last year Seminara’s shot of his surfing daughter, Maya, was chosen.

Once again, community activist and Rockaway Times columnist, John Cori, will spearhead the contest. “My main goal is to get people exposure. We have great photographers who really capture the beauty and wonderful backdrop of the peninsula, and we want to get their photos out there, instead of on their phones or on Facebook,” Cori said.

The contest, which draws more than 1,000 photos, has proven so successful it has attracted willing co-sponsors.  The NYC Parks Department, the Jamaica Bay – Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC), the NYCFerry, and the Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) contribute time, money and manpower to make the contest a real signature event on the Rockaway calendar.

Details on judging and when photos will be displayed will be announced in the coming weeks.  For now, the main news is the photo contest is now open and the categories are: Jamaica Bay (including shots on the water, Broad Channel and the bird sanctuary); Beach Life (surfing, swimming, families, fun, sunsets, if you think it fits we’ll consider it!); The Ferry (shots anywhere along the route or taken from the shore); Rockaway Action Shots (if there’s movement and it’s a great shot in Rockaway, send it in!); Pets (need we say more?).

Please, please keep in mind: you are limited to TWO (2) photos per category so only send the ones you think will compete for top honors.  Photos must be high-resolution, otherwise they will not look good when enlarged for boardwalk viewing.  (Or you must be able to get us a high-res version if your photo is selected).

Please email your contest entries to and kindly tell us which category you’d like the photo(s) to be included in.

Note that any photo submitted will be used any way The Rockaway Times sees fit, including in The Rockaway Times Summer Guide. Photo credit will be given but no other compensation offered. Photos that are submitted to Local Color can also be submitted into the contest.

Snap away!  The contest is open. $500 smackeroos and bragging rights forever might be yours.  The DEADLINE is FRIDAY, April 13.

More info:

 The Rockaway Times Photo Contest is now open! Submit up to two photos per category by Friday, April 13 - your photo could be featured along the boardwalk this summer and win a $500 prize! 

The Rockaway Times Photo Contest is now open! Submit up to two photos per category by Friday, April 13 - your photo could be featured along the boardwalk this summer and win a $500 prize!