Shane Fonner

  • Where:Rockaway Beach
  • Why:Semi-End-of-Summer-Stay-Cation
  • When:September 2014
  • Who:My fiancé and I
Get a

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

View of the flora at Truck-A-Float. Hammock is asking for some use.

Interior of Swan Pod.

The cozy confines of the Swan Pod.

From the room out onto the water.

The view from our boat, looking over the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Plantlife and sinks in the common area.

The view across to the other pods.

All the necessities for a night on the bay.

Natural light pouring into the pod.

Me, ready for action, aboard Truck-A-Float.

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.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 41/50

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.

  • Children

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

  • Price

    Cheap for a spot near the beach.

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