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4 New Places to Try in Rockaway Beach

By Katie Honan | September 4, 2015 5:51pm
 Summer isnt over yet, so check out these new places in Rockaway Beach.
4 New Places to Try in Rockaway Beach
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ROCKAWAY BEACH — Summer isn't over yet. 

With a "bonus week" of the beach, thanks to lifeguards staying on through Sept. 13, there's even more time to enjoy the restaurants and shops around Rockaway Beach. 

Our roundup earlier this summer mapped out a list of old and new places to eat, drink and enjoy the warm weather while it's here. 

But new places have popped over over the summer, too.

Here's a look at four places to visit after enjoying the beach:

► Zingara Vintage, 202 Beach 91st St., Rockaway Beach

This vintage shop started as a pop-up and expanded into a brick building on Rockaway Beach Boulevard this summer.

Zingara, which means "gypsy" in Italian, sells clothing and homegoods, many inspired by the beach. There's also a large selection of handmade treasures and items reworked by the shop's owner.

► Community House, 101-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Beach 

The new owners of the former New Irish Circle, a longstanding bar in Rockaway Beach, have redesigned the space to create the swanky Community House. There are multiple spots around the large bar to hang out, and comfortable seating inside and out.

On Sunday evenings there's live band karaoke in the separate music space and other musicians perform throughout the week.

The brunch menu — which includes a separate "hair of the dog" menu of drinks — will be rolled out this weekend. Stop by before or after the beach up the street.

► Coastal Frozen Yogurt, 108 - 19 Rockaway Beach Dr., Rockaway Beach

The Shannon sisters — Casey, Morgan and Charlotte — always wanted to open a business in their hometown. After bouncing around a few ideas, they settled on something they all loved: frozen yogurt.

"We travel nonstop for fro-yo and we always wanted to open something," said Casey, 30. "This one was the most needed."

They rotate flavors regularly in their bright shop, and feature a full bar of more than 40 toppings like crushed Reeses Peanut Butter cups, crumbled oreos and fresh fruit.

The Palms, 189 Beach 96th St., Rockaway Beach

Right off of Rockaway Beach Boulevard, nestled between a house and an apartment building, is a garden oasis covered in palm trees. The Palms, which opened on July 31, is a multi-purpose space with a coffee stand, pop-up dinners and even free yoga among the lush leaves.

Grab an iced coffee from the stand, which is an outpost of the O Cafe in the Village, and escape the sun under the palms.