NYC: Hitch a Ride to Rockaway Beach

It’s the first official weekend of summer, and if you’re in NYC, why not hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach on the Rockabus? Getting to the Hipster Hamptons from all the way up in Williamsburg is a time-consuming affair on the subway, with most of the hour-long trip spent underground. Try and taxi it from almost anywhere in the city and you’ll spend a pretty penny, drive there and you’ll spend a million hours looking for parking (and have to designate someone to steer clear of Connolly’s oh-so-classy foam cupped piña coladas). Enter the Rockabus, Sam Morrill and Ryan Hefner’s brand new bus line, a fleet of unmodified, totally iconic, yellow school buses. 

From 9:30 AM until 7 PM Saturdays and Sundays, these nostalgia-inducing buses depart every 45 minutes from underneath the BQE at Metropolitan and Meeker, dropping riders off at Shore Front Parkway and 86th (right by the boardwalk). Total cost? Only $18 round-trip, $10 one-way. Surfboards are allowed, tattoos abound, and a grade-school field trip atmosphere makes for one of the best bus rides you’ll ever take. Now that it’s not hard, not far to reach, take the Rockabus to Rockaway Beach. xx Ashley Churchill

Tickets: Rockabus

Photos: Courtesy of Rockabus

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  • Long before the Rockabus carrying hipsters sporting tattoo sleeves and Brooklyn zip codes invaded the Rockaways, mid-century suburbanites drove in their Cadillac Eldorados and Ford Fairlaines to the myriad of beach clubs that dotted Long Island. These swanky beach clubs with names like El Patio filled with rows of attached cabanas were over run with sun worshiping, jewelry glittering deeply tanned women in figure flattering swimsuits playing canasta and stogie smoking men dressed in eye catching terry lined cabana sets in exotic patterns evoking the South Pacific. For a look back at the spectacle of summer beach cultures past visit


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