What's Happening In Far Rockaway?....

Hey World,

Far Rockaway is nearer than you may think. It's just an A train away to Queens, NY. -Be sure that it says Far Rockaway when you get on the train though. You may accidently end up in Ozone or Rockaway Park instead of your intended destination. It's a beautiful scenery though, once the train finally leaves the tunnel. You arrive outside surrounded by water of the peninsula, hopefully with the sun shining bright.

This summer Far Rockaway will experience their very own carnival in partnership with WIADCA, The West Indian American Day Carnival Association. They are the official association of the carnival we experience in Crown Heights, Brooklyn during labor day weekend. The office of Senator James Sanders hopes to make it an annual event, so don't delay if you'd like to participate. This is history in the making. Click on the flyer to see contacts for costumes, vending opportunities and for more information.

The Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation has rescheduled their upcoming Dance Competition till September. Contact Ebony to participate for a change to win $200.00 cash!!!
According to their website Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation (OBCDC) was established by local leaders in 1999 explicitly to work with and improve the socioeconomic status of NYCHA and other low-income residents in the surrounding area. OBCDC serves the NYCHA community in Far Rockaway which is home to more than 10,000 Rockaway residents in 3,576 apartments in 60 buildings on five campuses, all within a four-mile stretch of Far Rockaway.

The only facility serving Far Rockaway with emergency and ambulatory health care is St. Johns Episcopal Hospital. They will host a community back to school and wellness fair on Friday, August 4th, 2017, from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. The event will take place in the hospital’s Doctor’s Parking Lot, on Beach 19th Street. Click here for more information!

Far Rockaway is known for the beach! According to Department of Parks, it's the only legal surfing beach in NYC located between 67-69 Street and 87-92 Street. You'll find playgrounds available off the boardwalk for the kids too. Definently take note of where the bathrooms are though, click here. If you get off the train at Beach 67th Street there's a Stop and Shop Supermarket, the beautiful Rockaway YMCA, fast foods and seasonal wear.- Least I forget Congressman Gregory Meeks awesome office by the sea as well :)

Last and far from least I must acknowledge FRANC, The Far Rockaway Arverne Nonprofit Coalition. This is an excellent alliance of about 17 organizations with a goal to improve the lives of young people with their network. I witnessed first hand the togetherness of this great alliance during their annual Youth Summit which took place on June 8th. The Rockaway Youth Summit is FRANC’s signature community-wide event, bringing together more than 200 youth from across the Rockaway Peninsula each year and featuring educational workshops; a resource fair highlighting local programs services; youth performances; a keynote address; raffle prizes; food; music; and so much more. I'll leave you with a few pics of the amazing day! Happy traveling. Share with a friend so they also know what's happening in Far Rockaway.

Manuel Silva, Coordinator-(FRANC)Far Rockaway Arverne Nonprofit Coalition

Just a few pics from the main event! #Rockaway Youth Summit 2017


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