Dreams Near Queens
daredevils will find a way to get their hearts
pumping at any cost. Fortunately, we know of a
couple places where you can break a sweat without
breaking your pocket.
High Hang Gliding
5163 Searsville Rd.
Pine Bush, NY
Tubing on Esopus Creek
Phoenicia, Ulster County
Adventure Course at Alley Pond Park
Little Neck Bay to Springfield
Boulevard, Union Turnpike
New York City's first public high ropes adventure
course is right here in Queens. It's the largest
in the Northeast and Urban Park Rangers are also
on hand to teach canoeing and fishing. Open weekdays
from July through November.
Surfing at Rockaway Beach
90-14 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
The Rock Health & Fitness Club
2211 31st St.
Mike Gayle Scuba and Snorkeling Adventures
245 Old Country Rd.
Carle Place, NY
Skydive Long Island
4062 Grumman Blvd.
New York City Mountain Bike
Association Summer Sprint Race series
Corner of Dyckman and
Harlem River Drive
May 29- Sept. 18
6:45 Registration, 7p.m. Start.
In Peace In the Rockaways
|A surfer takes a ride on an Atlantic wave off Rockaway Beach.
those who want to catch some waves without booking
a flight to California, look no further than Rockaway
Beach, the only surfing-designated beach in New
Having fun in the sun while surfing was not always
legal at Rockaway Beach, as police issued summons
to individuals caught in the act prior to the
designation in April 2005.
"People were surfing and according to regulations
that the Department of Health set, you can't swim
or do anything without a lifeguard present," said
Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (D-Rockaway Beach).
She said Rockaway Beach is the only beach available
by public transportation and people were surfing
without problems for a long time, but because
of children drowning, New York City became strict
and began to issue summons.
"We realized we had to pressure and work it out
so we could have a surfing beach," Pheffer said.
The summons provoked a response from the New York
City chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a group
dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans,
waves and beaches. Bringing a member-base of close
to 1,000, the chapter worked with residents and
surfers of Rockaway Beach to appeal to officials
and park departments, said Doug Parent, chairman
of the chapter.
"We have some horsepower behind our name," Parent
The surfing season starts after Labor Day when
lifeguards are not present; therefore in order
to designate a surfing-only beach, the lifeguard
stipulation was eliminated.
"The beaches are used only by surfers all year
around without a lifeguard present," said Adrian
Benepe, Department of Parks commissioner.
The designated locations with the most reliable
waves were chosen with help from the surfing community,
"We're happy to say that surfing is not a crime
now," he said.
Since the beach has designated areas, they create
a safe haven for surfers, said Councilman Joe
Addabbo, adding that surfing is part of the culture
Rockaway Beach does not offer lessons, but they
are available through a surf-mentoring program.
Surfing is permitted from Beach 88th to Beach
90th Street and more recently, Beach 67th to Beach
69th Street became the second surfing-only area
because the popularity of the sport drew crowds.
"Surfers have come not only from New York, but
other states as well," Addabbo said. "I think
it is a positive step in the right direction."
The surfing-only areas provide a fun escape from
the pressures of work and many surfers like Parent
are able to get their fix during the day with
out waiting for the weekend.
"I don't have to worry about not surfing for a
month," Parent said. "We're all for it."