The Rockaway Advocate

The Rockaway Advocate is a two-part project that gives RYTF members the opportunity to engage seriously with the media. The first part is the RYTF Blog. The online blog gives RYTF a chance to add to commentary on current events and related topics at an organizational level. The second part is a monthly newspaper written by RYTF youth with the support of RYTF staff. Both projects serve to give members and organizers a platform to dissect and share information in our community through a structured program. The program also allows RYTF youth to gain useful skills in journalism and reporting. If you are interested in learning more or writing for The Rockaway Advocate, please contact

From Demolition To Development: Plans For Peninsula Hospital Site

March 1, 2018

Peninsula Hospital is being demolished after shuttering its doors nearly 6 years ago. Having amassed over $60 million in debt, the struggling hospital filed for bankruptcy to restructure in September…

No Heat In These Streets

March 1, 2018

New Yorkers are no strangers to cold weather. When your state gets pummeled by “bomb cyclones”, chilly outdoor temperatures are just part of the territory. However, no one signed up…

Viral Video of Far Rockaway Traffic Stop Outrages Community

March 1, 2018

In January 2018, Sean Marcellin was pulled from his car near Beach Channel Drive and Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway and tased multiple times by a member of the New…

Downtown Far Rockaway Street Renamed To Honor The Late Manny Fiallo, Jr.

March 1, 2018

When people pass away, their absence is felt by their loved ones. When heroes like Manny Fiallo pass, their absence is felt by entire communities. For the past year, the…

Trump’s First State Of The Union

March 1, 2018

On Tuesday, January 30th, Trump delivered his first State of the Union address to the nation. The speech lasted an hour and twenty minutes in total and contained very few…

Finding Balance

March 1, 2018

We have often been critical of how the mainstream media has covered our community in the past, particularly incidents of violence. A simple google search of Far Rockaway news brings…

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