Need Another Reason to Go to Rockaway Beach This Summer? Welcome to The Palms

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Get on the A train any given weekend in the summer and you’ll find the subway cars as crowded as they are during the weekday commute. Except instead of toting briefcases and backpacks, people are geared up with bikes, surfboards, and beach umbrellas. Their destination is Rockaway Beach, the chillest summer hang spot in New York. Post-Hurricane Sandy, Rockaway has rebuilt itself in a way that’s revitalized the old and welcomed the new. It’s a bonafide creative community and a food destination boasting pilgrimage-worthy tacos, pizza, and snack bar eats.

This weekend, Rockaway gets even cooler with the opening of The Palms, a 5,000 square foot event space from Rockaway Taco co-founder David Selig and The MP Shift, a design and branding studio. Located across the street from The Summer Shift, the “tropical town square” will host events from Topless Art Gallery, yoga classes, movie showings chosen by Greta Gerwig, and guest-chef dinners. Fashion boutiques Feather — a bohemian chic sustainability-driven store — and The Notion, a swimwear shop, will also be on site, as will an outpost of O Café, featuring all things coconut from chef Fernando Aciar. The guest dinners start this weekend with a 5-course menu from Camille Becerra of Navy (including a dessert from Morgenstern’s) — tonight is sold out, but tickets for Saturday are still available here.

No matter when you stop by this summer, The Palms is sure to be a bustling hub of activity with something new popping up every day.