Going to the beach should be fun and relaxing. But for those of you who aren’t lucky enough to have a car in the city (I sure don’t), the thought of melding with screaming children and their equally obnoxious parents on the subway has you already shaking, perhaps the hipster way is the best choice to take for your next beach adventure. Of course, as the service expands, it has its downside, namely, the takeover of Fort Tilden.
Now Rockabus, the Williamsburg-based shuttle bus service that specializes in transporting hipsters to the beach, makes stops to this unrestricted spot every couple of hours. Joy! Or not. I mean, it’s good for people to go there, but I am afraid if we are not careful, soon Fort Tilden will be less quaint and more annoying. Though, the upside to this might mean more awesome food choices like they have at Rockaway Beach. Right now, the only options at Fort Tilden are the glorious milkshakes in flavors like peanut-butter cup and Almond Joy, or a chili and pepper-cheese-topped hotdog from the Breezy Dog truck. Wish there was someway to bring the food, but leave the obnoxious crowds.
For the decade that I have lived in New York, Fort Tilden has been the place to go to for those souls who wish for a more laidback, cleaner, and topless beach time. Since it doesn’t have lifeguards or security, this spot is the best one to hit to if you like to drink, smoke, and swim out farther than allowed at other beaches. There’s a relative peacefulness to this beach, and though it’s been gaining popularity (heck, even the New York Times has raved about it), it still maintains on the down low.
But, if last year’s boom of Rockaway Beach is any indication of what can happen with easy access, Fort Tilden may loose this sweet serenity. At Rockaway Beach, they went from something most people didn’t think about to a cool-kids paradise. Where once the lone Rockaway Taco dolled out their tasty bites and DiCosmo’s Italian Ice served up cold, all natural fruit ices at a shack down the street, today both have expanded to the boardwalk. There, they are joined by other food purveyors including Caracas Arepa Bar, Lobster Joint, and Rippers burgers. About the time the food came, so did the Rockabus, which means more people and a perpetual beach party. Not that Fort Tilden isn’t a party spot, but as of now, it’s a calm place to go, and hopefully that won’t change too much.