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

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The Way To Rockaway Beach (jon mannion/flickr)

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.)


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Comments [8]

ray brizzi

Hopstop is now owned by Apple. They deliberately have made it unavailable to Android users, so large numbers of your listeners can't use it. This should not be encouraged by you. I was one of their first users to where I would point out geography errors. Sad.

Jul. 06 2014 09:28 AM
Evelyn Bausman

So where are the best places to watch the Fireworks today, July 4th?????

Jul. 04 2014 11:31 AM
myrta echevarria

I love this, many places that I know, but don't think of visiting...great planning, fun and inexpensive!!!!!

Jul. 04 2014 09:08 AM
Eric K. from Brooklyn

Hey! You used my picture of Rockaway Taco but didn't give me credit!

That said, this is a good article. I clicked!

Jul. 03 2014 07:37 PM

Great (and delicious!) ideas...

Jul. 03 2014 10:41 AM
Becka from Bushwick

Thanks! This is my first Fourth in the City and my nephew is visiting. I was struggling to figure what to do with him. This gave me some GREAT ideas!

Jul. 02 2014 03:02 PM

There will be no service between Rockaway, BAT and Manhattan on Friday, July 4th, 2014. Regular service will resume Monday, July 7th, 2014.

Jul. 02 2014 01:52 PM

this is awesome!!

Jul. 02 2014 10:29 AM

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