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Staycation! WNYC's July 4th Guide to Exploring Your City

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The Way To Rockaway Beach

Are you going to be stuck in the city for the July 4th long weekend, but wishing you were at the beach? Your weekend doesn't have to suck! Celebrate the many cultures of New York City while having a spectacular July 4th weekend. Here’s your schedule for three days of delicious food, fun activities, and adventurous exploring, all on a budget.



Team up with some friends (or grab a book!), and head to Rockaway Beach. Hopstop yourself to 95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd. When you arrive, take a walk along the beach, dip your toes in the water, or get a little tan.


Head to Rockaway Taco and enjoy delicious tacos or quesadillas with fruit juice ($3/taco, $3/juice). At home, make some of these alcoholic ice pops, either red white and blue, or strawberry and peach vodka collins. Do a little celebrating!   



by Jason Lam

Make these yogurt and fruit popsicles for breakfast. Then head to the Brooklyn Flea (open 10am to 5pm)  in Fort Greene. There are plenty of brunch options here. Browse, buy some useless knickknacks, or get some ice cream at Alchemy Creamery.


by Chris Ford

When you start feeling peckish again, take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge (or not) and head to one of chinatown’s many hidden gems: Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles (1 Doyers Street New York, New York). Unlike most noodles, these are pulled by hand (hence the name) which makes them a lot more flavorful. Order a soup ($5.25) or stir fry noodles ($6.50). Also delicious: dumpling and tofu.

by Robyn Lee

When you’re ready for dinner hopstop/walk yourself to Fort Greene’s Habana Outpost.  Get a burrito, some corn, and a lemonade (burritos are $8.75) and enjoy the beautiful outdoors seating. Get there by 8pm for a movie showing.

Or, head home and cook up something (healthily) American like this mac ‘n cheese.

Now lie down on your couch and watch some Netflix - you deserve it!

(Tip: use Hopstop directions for everything. Download the app on your phone. It’s no fun getting lost.)