Whether through the planning of a “Greater Rockaway” or our continual efforts to keep the coast clean and accessible for the public to enjoy, we are always looking for new ways to improve the quality of life for the Rockaway community.


Project: Sew & Protect

Amid fears of the corona virus, people throughout the country have been sewing masks and protective apparel for people serving the public. The issue is how do you get your hand made beauties to people who need them most? This is where we are here to help!


RISE Farm Share

The RISE Farm Share's mission is to bring fresh, locally-grown organic produce at an affordable price directly from the farm to the Rockaway community.

Art Underneath the Elevated 2020

RISE launched an open call for artists to submit proposals for temporary art installations to activate the public space underneath or adjacent to the elevated A-train in Rockaway, Queens. Stay tuned for the announcement of the artists selected for the 2020 art installations.

Rockspot NYC Community Network

is focused on raising awareness of local businesses and community events intended to build a strong network of individuals who can support one another on a daily basis and in the event of another storm or natural disaster.

The RISE Center

A community hub for emerging artists, and scientists alike to connect with local residents and visitors to the Rockaways through programming and public art exhibitions

Project Underway

In 2015, RISE spearheaded a community-led initiative called Project Underway to actively engage residents, business owners, transit advocates and government agencies in working together to develop a plan to better utilize the Rockaway Freeway roadbed under the MTA A-Line from Mott Ave to Beach 108th Street.

Documentary: Rockaway Stories

RWA collected stories from across the Rockaway Peninsula to document what happened in local neighborhoods affected by Storm Sandy and build on a collaborative vision for future rebuilding efforts in the Rockaways.

Greater Rockaway Vision Plan


Greater Rockaway Waterfront Vision is a community-driven plan that has brought together local insight to enhance 11 miles of one of New York City's greatest coastal resource.


CREATE FAR ROCK Arts Initiative

A community-wide initiative to grow the capacity of arts + culture on the eastern end of the Rockaway Peninsula.

Take Care Rockaway Mental Health Resource Guide

RISE created a resource guide to increase awareness of existing mental health services in the Rockaways and reduce social stigma among people in need.

Art Underneath the Elevated 2017

RISE commissioned artists to host temporary art exhibitions to activate the public space under the elevated A line train tracks in Rockaway, Queens.