The Rockaway Advocate

The Rockaway Advocate magazine is a citizen journalism project of the Rockaway Youth Task Force based out of Far Rockaway, Queens. In addition to being the only black-led newspaper in Rockaway, the Rockaway Advocate is also a youth program that combines local advocacy with youth development. In today’s world, rarely does mainstream media offer youth of color a platform to tell their own stories and those of their communities. These stories are often ignored, misrepresented, or marginalized. At the Rockaway Advocate, we are changing that narrative.

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Hate Has No Place In Rockaway

September 15, 2019

  This past Labor Day weekend two racially motivated, anti-Semitic hate crimes took place in Belle Harbor and Breezy Point. At Breezy Point Silver Gull Beach Club, racial graffiti slurs…

Dollar Vans in Far Rockaway

August 15, 2018

The drivers that the Rockaway Advocate interviewed for this piece spoke to us on the condition of anonymity, so their names do not appear here. The Rockaways know the Dollar…

Rockaway Land, Food & Health

August 15, 2018

Far Rockaway is a federally-labeled food desert, meaning that residents do not have consistent access to fresh fruits and vegetables or healthy food options. Lack of income can make it…

Asbestos at Oceanside

August 15, 2018

New York City Housing Apartments (NYCHA) on Beach 58th Oceanside have found asbestos in a gas pipe inspection. Asbestos is a natural occurring fiber that is heat retardant and extremely flexible, but…

Underground Entrepreneurs: Innovative Business In Far Rock

August 15, 2018

The Rockaway Advocate went out and investigated unconventional small business practices in Rockaway — people who don’t need a storefront or a standard working environment to build and sustain a…

A New Shelter Comes to the Rockaways

August 15, 2018

Mayor de Blasio’s “Turning the Tide” plan is taking full effect with a new family shelter placed in Rockaway. “Turning the Tide” is a way for de Blasio to find…