Two weekends ago, Josh pointed out the beautiful forecast for the next day, and said we ought to check out a New York City beach. We did some research, and decided Rockaway Beach, though a trek away, would be a good fit for us. Since a lot of the beach was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy, we also thought supporting the beach would be important for their community.
That morning I packed some peanut butter and honey sandwiches and a banana, and we filled up our Klean Kanteens, grabbed a towel and headphones, and we headed on our way.
The subway ride took over an hour, but since we wanted to go on an adventure to explore a new place – and see and smell and feel the ocean! – we were totally up for it, and chatted the whole trip there. Because of the rebuilding of the Rockaways, it was a little confusing figuring out which train stop to take, but took the A train to Beach 67 Street, figuring we could get in a little over a mile walk along the boardwalk to eventually get to the Beach 90 Street station.
Once we arrived, we walked a few blocks, and then…we were there. At the beach. On the ocean. Smelling salty sea air and seeing the waves and an expanse of blue sky. Even though I don’t consider myself a beach person (I love mountains and lakes much more), it suddenly felt like summer. And that is what I was craving.
We walked on the sand, we walked on the boardwalk, we walked past food stands and families sitting under umbrellas. Once we got to a good spot, we placed our towel in the sand, ate peanut butter sandwiches, dipped our feet in the water, and watched life pass by. So relaxing.
Before we even got to the Rockaways I made sure to do a little research on frozen treats. Italian ices are one of my all-time, old favorites, so when I found out about DiCosmo’s, a tiny place with homemade ice, I knew we’d have to try it. Lemon’s my favorite flavor (such a classic), and this one was both sweet and tart, and full of seeds, so you know that it’s the real deal. Josh ordered the avocado sorbet, which tasted like a mix of avocado and lemon, was really refreshing and creamy, and so so good. If you go to Rockaway Beach, definitely grab Italian ices.
On the way home, we decided to stop and get some pizza. We’re on a mission to try as many $1 a slice joints in the city as possible, so we grabbed five slices at 99 Cent Fresh Pizza on Broadway between 54th and 55th. To be honest, it was fine, but nothing great. While we’d go back there, it would be for the great value and for super fresh pizza (they’re constantly pulling the pies out of the ovens at these cheap places); the last place we had cheap pizza was definitely better.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, here’s the breakdown of our cheap date:
$10 for 2 round-trip subway rides
+ $5 for 2 Italian ice treats
+ $5 for 5 slices of pizza
= $20 cheap date in New York City
Works for us! A satisfying, fun, and food-filled day in the city, but not in the city. :)