Yesterday we told you about our favorite beaches and what you can expect there post-Sandy. Now it's time to think about how to get there. The subway, a bike, or the LIRR are all workable options, but if you're headed to the Rockaways, it's hard to beat the convenience of Rockabus, which is rebooting its operation on Saturday for the opening of NYC beach season. And this year the company has expanded service to include stops at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn and the Lower East Side.
This weekend the re-purposed school buses depart every hour from three different locations (North 6th and Rodney Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza, and Eldridge and Houston in Manhattan). The destinations alternate hourly between Rockaway Beach and Jacob Riis Park, which is closer to the sadly closed Fort Tilden. Round trip tickets cost $15, while one way tickets cost $10. You can purchase in advance or at the point of departure with cash or credit.
Also new this summer: Upgraded sound systems and music curated by a rotating crew of DJ’s and music bloggers. We're told that to kick things off for the summer, the mixtape for this week will be provided by the Australian duo, Flight Facilities.
We took Rockabus a few times last year, and while it's a fun way to get to the beach (certainly more fun than the subway), you should know that there isn't a whole lot of room on the bus to store beach equipment. This is a school bus—it's ideal if you're traveling light, but be prepared for a tight squeeze if you're schlepping a giant beach umbrella or your BBQ grill.