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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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Thriftway Mall Closure

August 15, 2018

The “Thriftway” strip mall on Mott Ave has become the symbolic centerpiece of development in Far Rockaway. Last week, the Food Dynasty grocery store had its last day, and Dunkin…

Lime vs Pace: Dockless Bike Review

August 15, 2018

Dockless bikes have arrived in Rockaway! There are two companies operating the bikes on the peninsula: Lime and Pace. A total of 400 bikes between the two companies will be…

RYTF Update: Joining the Urban Youth Collaborative

July 19, 2018

FROM THE ROCKAWAY YOUTH TASK FORCE ORGANIZERS: RYTF Membership Engagement Organizer Malachi Davidson speaking at a UYC rally outside the US Department of Education The Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC), is…

Update on the JFK Redevelopment Plan

July 19, 2018

Governor Cuomo introduced the 10 billion JFK redevelopment plan in 2017. Now with a year after the announcement community members are looking for ways they can be involved. On June 17th, a…

Rockaway Demands Safer Streets!

July 19, 2018

Days after Valerie Razack’s death, her community members, close friends and family decided to host a vigil with flowers and candles in the area Razack was killed. At 63 years…

Beach 21st Development Announced

July 19, 2018

On July 11th, a small crowd gathered in the recently built Pedestrian Plaza on Beach 21st to hear a press conference on new development in Far Rockaway.  The New York…