New York Today: Ferry Journeys


Not bad for a staycation.

Will Glaser/The New York Times

Good morning on this misty Tuesday.

As August arrives in New York, you may begin to notice the signs of the season at your workplace: “out of the office” emails, empty desks and sun-kissed colleagues.

But for those of us stuck in the city this month, there’s no need to be jealous. We have a suggestion that will make a staycation feel like a proper getaway: Take a trip on one of our city’s new ferry routes.

During the next month, New York Today will be highlighting things to see, eat, drink and do near a few of the new ferry landings.

Our first port of call: Rockaway.

What to see: The beach, obviously. We managed to sink our feet into the sand after a mere six-minute walk from the ferry landing. If you’d rather enjoy the shore from a distance, you can take a stroll on the boardwalk, which was completely rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy and opened in its entirety this summer.

What to eat: Tacos. When we arrived at Tacoway Beach, inside the Rockaway Beach Surf Club on Beach 87th Street, diners sat in swimsuits at wooden tables on the sunny patio. We met a few day-trippers who nibbled on cukes (pickled cucumber, mango and jicama spiced with chili, salt and lime) and elote loco (corn on the cob prepared with spicy Cotija cheese, corn nuts, and cilantro.) We thought the crunchy fried tilapia tacos, topped with cabbage, radish and spicy aioli, were best washed down with the juice from a freshly cracked coconut.

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What to drink: Smoothies. Brothers, a juice and smoothie bar on the boardwalk near 106th Street, is a short walk from the ferry landing. Their concoctions blend herbal and fruit flavors, using local ingredients. Our favorite is the mango, cashew and basil smoothie made with banana, almond milk and honey. Drinks here are served with a stellar view of the beach.

What to do: Surf. To learn how, try a class at Locals Surf School, New York Surf School or Skudin Surf. A few tips: Hit the waves early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the crowds, arrive early if you’re renting equipment to guarantee a board, and check the surf report before paddling out.

How to get there: Take the Rockaway…

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