For years, Rockaway Beach has been known for being a summertime vacation destination. Famous for it’s sandy beaches, surf crowd, and bungalows, Rockaway Beach is the place for visitors to enjoy good times and tasty waves. But for it’s year-round residents Rockaway Beach is a home and a proud community.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy the Rockaway Beach community has been badly damaged from the coastal flooding and heavy winds. Over a year later there are still many neglected buildings that are in desperate need of renovation. Weathered walls are in need of a fresh coat of paint. Many businesses have gone under due to the extent of building damage. But the community is resilient, as the residents are looking toward rebuilding and creating public art.
As part of our Post-Sandy art relief effort we aim to beautify over a dozen of the buildings along Rockaway Beach Blvd through painting murals, providing street cleanups, and proposing a community garden/sculpture park in the neighborhood. Beautify Earth is currently raising money to finance the murals that will uplift the residents, stimulate the businesses, and create smiles on everybody’s faces. Whether you are an artist, a donor, or a volunteer Beautify Rockaway Beach needs your contribution. Please contact Josh Manes or Matt Villetto for more details of how you can help bring about positive change in this community.