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 …

Riding Across NYC on Charge’s CITY E-Bike

The brand's major pivot provides riders with the power and confidence to traverse the boroughs

Getting from the northern tip of Brooklyn down to the Rockaways in Queens without a car can be a time-drain, and getting there while also avoiding the subway might seem impossible. This past weekend we rode the 34-mile (total) route—a distance that, for most, isn’t feasible with a regular bicycle—on Charge’s CITY e-bike. From Greenpoint, through Bed-Stuy and Flatbush, down to Sheepshead Bay and along …

Studio Visit: Surfboard Shaper Paul Surf

At Rockaway Beach, owner Paul Schmidt crafts boards that can be put to use just a few feet away

Inside of his shipping container studio at Marina 59 in Rockaway Beach, New York, Paul Schmidt crafts surfboards for friends and first-timers under the moniker Paul Surf. The process, which can takes upward of an entire day, demands precision and artistic prowess. For Schmidt, the desire to create things stems from seeing his dad do so too. “My father owned a construction company when I …