NYC’s Surf Collective Diversifies The Waves In Far Rockaway

Laru Beya Collective is a non-profit organization offering free surf lessons and water safety education to Black and Brown communities in NYC’s Queens borough. At Rockaway Beach, “environmental racism prevents access and comfortability: from lack of protection from lifeguards to poor beach maintenance, not to mention a stark wealth inequality along the channel.” This, coupled with a generational fear of water apparent in Black communities, makes …

Artist Kris Perry’s 35-Foot-Tall “Mother Earth” Sculpture at Rockaway Beach

A new, architectural commission from NYC Parks' Art in the Parks program

A towering new Corten steel sculpture adds to the allure of NYC‘s Rockaway Beach—the seaside strip of Queens that appeases the appetite of surfers and city folk eager for days beside the ocean. Known as “Mother Earth,” the monumental work from Hudson-based sculptor Kris Perry rises 35 feet in an angular, architectural gesture; one that invites viewers to step inside and wonder or reconsider their …

Post Office Portraits at the USPS in Jamaica, Queens

This week’s edition of The Cut’s The Look Book (an ongoing series that dives into various NYC workplaces) focuses on the Jamaica, Queens Post Office, where USPS employees are “working 10- and 12-hour daily shifts to keep up with demand.” Photographer Kyle Dorosz photographed 19 individuals, while Katy Schneider and Jane Starr Drinkard asked them questions. Their answers range from pragmatic to emotional, but all …