“It’s hidden like a speakeasy, but it wasn’t intentional,” Ms. Obolsky said. “A sign wasn’t in the budget.”
Her jalapeño and cheddar-studded scones are fluffy as biscuits, her sticky buns light, faintly salty and redolent of brioche French toast. Even a banana loaf is no humdrum affair, moist and caramelized at the edges with brown butter crumble on top. Most treats are under $5, but avid bargain hunters may want to aim for pastry happy hour, Tuesday through Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m., for buy one, get one free on select items.
Also new this season is Liquid Bread, a beer garden in a repurposed parking lot at the corner of Beach 101st Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, furnished with picnic tables and games such as cornhole, bocce and Ping-Pong. It is open in the late afternoon through 10 p.m. on Sundays and Thursdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, it is open until 11 p.m. Liquid Bread offers a casual menu and a sizable beer list, a siren call for millennial beachgoers. Happy hour deals include dollar oysters on Fridays and two-for-one hot dogs (as long as a forearm) on Saturdays.
Through Oct. 9, an exhibition called “14 Sculptors Inc. on the Rock” is dressing up Shore Front Parkway, from Beach 74th Street to Beach 108th Street. Made of materials like stainless steel and wood, some sculptures have aquatic themes: breaching whales, seahorses and a blue-green mermaid whose tail and hair are fashioned from sparkly potato chip bags. A few are kinetic works, vibrating from ocean breezes or planes on the flight path to and from nearby Kennedy International Airport.
From time to time, the low-flying jets overhead or the A train rumbling by are jolting reminders that Rockaway Beach is part of New York City. Otherwise, the laid-back environment feels like the cheapest, easiest seashore getaway imaginable.
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