Initiatives

Initiatives

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 help improve the health and wellbeing of the Rockaway community.

 

Community Visioning for Vacant Land in Edgemere

an inclusive and equitable community visioning process for parcels of land recently purchased as part of the City of New York’s effort to protect the coastal community of Edgemere from flooding.

Vax Up! Far Rock Campaign

VAX UP! is an outreach campaign focused on serving Rockaway residents with up-to-date information on the COVID-19 vaccination.

Rockspot NYC Tours

Explore the best kept secrets of the Rockaways with sites designated by locals as "must see" destinations.

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

Greater Rockaway Community & Shoreline Enhancement Plan

The Greater Rockaway Community & Shoreline Enhancement Plan is focused on the restoration of the dunes along the Atlantic shoreline of the Rockaway Peninsula and prioritizes local voices, biodiversity, and long-term stewardship. 

Wellness Way (aka Project Underway)

Since 2015, RISE has been working to activate demapped sections of Rockaway Freeway to serve as a "wellness corridor" for pedestrian use and local events focused on improving the health and wellbeing of our community.  

RISE Virtual Book Club

Connect (virtually) with friends and neighbors during the pandemic through our new Book Club

DOCUMENTARY: Everything is Different Now: Portrait of a Pandemic

This film is a compilation of written stories, photographs and videos developed by high school schools in NYC documenting their personal experiences during the pandemic. 

Take Care Rockaway Mental Health Resource Guide

Check out the Mental Health Resource Guide for the Rockaways to learn about existing mental health services in the Rockaways and reduce social stigma among people in need.

Art Underneath the Elevated 2020

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

Enabling Rockaway Homeowners to Prepare for Coastal Flooding

We are working to develop materials to empower homeowners in the Rockaways to prepare for flooding, reduce damages from future floods, and recover more quickly

Documentary: Rockaway Stories

RISE 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 2020

 

Greater Rockaway Waterfront Vision 2020 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.

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.