Rockaway Is Getting a Palm-Tree Paradise With Coffee, Shopping and Live Music

May 21, 2015 - garden totes

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

So now that we’ve seen what’s replacing Rockaway Taco this summer, a doubt is: where do we go eat this juicy Latin food? How about underneath some palm trees? Last month, a folks during Rockaway Summer, a repository about a peninsula that launched final year, flew 8 of them in from Florida and commissioned them right opposite from a shed on Beach 96th Street. Next month, a shaggy tract will open as a commemoration emporium and hang mark with a pop-up art gallery, coffee, and live music.

The Palms by Rockaway Summer, as a try is being called, is a brainchild of David Selig (Rockaway Taco, The Summer Shift) and Giovanna Maselli, a magazine’s editor. Maselli changed to Rockaway from Brooklyn a year and a half ago, though had a feet on a peninsula before that: she helped coordinate service efforts after Hurricane Sandy and afterwards started a CSA in 2013. That’s when she began operative with Selig, co-founder of Edgemere Farm and her partner in Rockaway Summer. “I’m a small crazy and David is crazier,” she told us yesterday during an talk during a new Rockaway Roasters coffee shop. “The dual of us together, when we start brainstorming from a small thing, we confirm to do something bigger.”

She isn’t kidding. After Arts in Parts, a non-profit that works out of 184 Beach 96th Street, packaged adult a backyard garden and Roberta’s dropped a summer pizza tent there, Selig and Maselli teamed adult with Walter Mayer, a landscape engineer who, among other things, consulted on a post-Sandy resiliency investigate executed by Pratt and a Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. Now they’re in a midst of formulating a mini bliss of sand, palm trees, and succulent plants that pronounce to Selig’s credentials as an eco-preneur.


That should all make for some flattering view while we peruse a commemoration shop, consisting of shipping containers stocked with equipment done in Rockaway and elsewhere in a city. Among a internal brands represented will be Paul Surf, a surfboard builder formed out of Marina 59 that will sell t-shirts and totes; Goldie’s, that creates healthy beauty products; and Rockaway Dye Garden, that will sell tinctures and plants.

When The Palms opens Jun 20, there will also be coffee and live music, expected around a record tag whose register includes Rockaway-based artists. And inside of a residence behind a garden, there’ll be a pop-up art gallery.

The approach Maselli sees it, that heterogeneous brew reflects Rockaway itself. “It’s a reason we changed here – it’s a amicable utopia, in a way, where we find a lot of opposite people from opposite worlds that wouldn’t indispensably hang out in other places.”

And what’s a paradise but some palm trees?

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