Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s first “urban resort boutique hotel”
is opening next month
and, while it’s poised to be a hit among tourists, it’s doubtful that the neighborhood’s core demo will be shelling out for the private poolside cabanas. Rather, they’ll likely be heading to Queens’ more egalitarian Rockaways, where a spate of new cultural happenings is positioning the beach community as a sort of hipster Hamptons.
: Last summer, a modest farm stand
adjacent to the aforementioned Rockaway Taco introduced local fruits and vegetables to Rockaway Beach. While providing fresh berries to surfers was laudable on its own, this year the produce purveyors behind Veggie Island are thinking bigger. After reaching their $15,000 fundraising goal on Kickstarter
this month, they’re aiming to expand beyond merely importing Hudson Valley greens for summer salads. Rather, Veggie Island “wants to foster the natural connections between the people, their environment, and the food we eat.” This will happen through the launch of an expanded retail venue, as well as a community outreach program that will encompass gardening, cooking, youth internships, and environmental educational programs.