Rockaway Beach, Queens
As you probably know, the A train doesn’t stop running all the way out to Rockaway Beach once the summer season ends. The neighborhood is home to over 13,000 locals, including families with historic ties to the area, avid surfers, and those just happy to enjoy some reasonable rent in Queens. These New Yorkers don’t hibernate just because the sunbathing stops, and their thriving local businesses ooze beachside character, like the playful Rockaway Beach Bakery, which churns out sticky buns and everything-seasoned croissants for regulars year-round. Uma’s serves rare-to-New-York Uzbek cuisine with South Asian and Eastern European staples like kebabs and dumplings that will warm your chilly bones. Thaw out at Hot Yoga Rockaway Beach and catch a show at Thai Rock, where you can stuff your face with several types of curry, noodles, and more, then dance to live music at the restaurant’s lounge and stage. Outdoorsy folk may enjoy bird watching, fishing, or even surfing or paddle boarding when it’s not too freezing outside, but there’s no need to brave cold-water aquatic activities if you’re cozier in a sweater stuffing your face.