Shane Fonner


Rockaway Beach

by: Shane Fonner

  • Why


  • When

    September 2014

  • Who

    My fiancé and I

Highs + Lows

  • Interesting, hidden location at Marina 59 on the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge just minutes away from the surf.

  • As a living art project, Truck-A-Float opens one’s mind to sustainable, eco-conscious possibilities in a truly modern, urban environment.

  • The pods are sweet - waking up on the water in New York City is an amazing experience, and improvements in the neighborhood continue to draw new, young visitors to this emerging artistic enclave.

  • There aren’t many amenities - it’s even a hike to the bathrooms. But for those looking to wake up surfside and hit the waves, grabbing a pod is wildly accessible.

  • Being under the flight path of JFK is a bit of a noisy nuisance, but does make a solid foundation for the endeavoring Planespotter.

  • No mini-bar, no lobby, no fuss - this place is urban camping at it’s most raw - you’ve even got to bring your own sheets, but at least you know they’re clean.

: 41/50
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Important Bits

  • Type

    Urban camping on the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

  • Vibe

    Sustainable living art and Spartan camping adventure.

  • Location

    Marina 59, in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge - Far Rockaway, Queens.

  • Rooms

    A floating community of four individual pods.

  • Music

    Bring your own. And speakers.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Matteo Pinto and Carolina Cisneros of

  • Pool/Gym

    No pool or gym, but you’re on the water and a short walk from the beach.

  • Restaurant

    No restaurant, though there are some within walking distance and more a short bus ride away.

  • Bar

    No bar, but loads nearby including Playland, Sayra’s and Bungalow Bar.

  • Minibar

    No mini bar. Bring your own booze (and sheets!), but be wary of tippling overboard.

  • Wifi

    No WiFi

  • Children

    I’d leave them at home (water hazard).

  • Price

    Cheap for a spot near the beach.

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