Greetings from Far Rockaway, NYC,
Hello and thanks for your interest in the Boatel project, all summer adventure art camping on boats. The Boatel is an interactive art + sound installation that takes place on the docks of Marina 59, under the planes taking off from JFK airport and five blocks from Rockaway Beach.
23 artists from NYC and abroad are meticulously crafting a world out of the flotsam & jetsam of Jamaica Bay. A cluster of reclaimed/rebuilt docks + junk boats create worlds within worlds, an hour from the city and a thousand miles away from reality.
You are invited to visit our outpost for an overnight stay in one of our sixteen floating installations--a boat that sings, a patchwork treehouse, a Victorian-era naturalist's laboratory, a hillbilly kama sutra honeymoon suite...
Though we aim to be hospitable, remember that you are joining us in the rough + tumble and please come adventure ready.
The Boatel is open Wednesdays to Sundays, May 16th to November 1st.
Reserving a room is easy: Search Available Dates Now
Check the calendar for availability & events, including movies & lectures
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PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Kelie Bowman, Tory Censits & Arielle Avenia, Chassy Cleland, Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels & Vanessa Cronan (Rabid Hands), Grisha Enikolopov & Simon Arizpe, Alana Fitzgerald (Magic Pictures), Lilah Horwitz & Nick Olson, Jordan Johnson, Stephen McLeod (VSVSVS), Laura McMillian, Stephanie Mezynski & Robyn Hasty, Andie Olive, Jason Sinopoli & Mayra Cimet, Pete Elwell, Porter Fox, Sara Mayti, Orien McNeill, Angie Kang, Catherine Yeager, Aminah Slor, & Noel Malloy
See you on the water!
Check in & Check out times are 6PM - 2PM. Please arrive before 10PM or entry cannot be guaranteed! We feel it is important to arrive before or as the sun is setting if possible.
Call (718) 945-4500 for entry, or wait until the gate opens, then proceed to “A Dock” (head towards the red and white boat on land in the far corner of the yard—that is the Boatel hq).
Please do not call this number with inquiries about the Boatel, it is for Marina 59.
Most of the boats on the shore side (left) of A Dock are part of the Boatel.
If arriving by land vehicle, you can park by “A Dock”. Bicycles can be locked up easily within the gate. If arriving by boat, the shore side of A dock is available for overnight docking with your stay. The inlet for Somerville Basin can be a little tricky to find, especially in the dark, you can e-mail us for more info—we want to encourage people to bring their boats down!
We are located on Beach Channel Drive at 59th Street on the bay side of the peninsula. You will see a gate with boats inside between a gas station/car wash and grocery store.
BY TRAIN: Take the Far Rockaway bound A Train and get off at Beach 60th St. Marina is 2 blocks to the left. (The beach is on the other side.)
FROM BROOKLYN: Local streets or Belt Parkway to Flatbush Ave. South to Marine Parkway Bridge. Go East on Beach Channel Drive approximately 3 1/2 miles to 59th Street. Turn left (North) on 59th Street to Marine 59.
FROM CENTRAL QUEENS: Go South on Woodhaven Blvd. which becomes Cross Bay Blvd. Cross bridge to Rockaway Beach, go East on Beach Channel Drive to 59th Street. Turn left (North) on 59th St. to Marina 59.
SUGGESTED PACKING LIST
Come adventure-ready: sleeping bag or extra bedding, bugspray, mosquito net, sunblock, towel, hat, swimwear, shades, long sleeves, change of clothes, flashlight, rain gear depending on weather, water bottle, liquor & mixers, food and charcoal for grilling, and deck chairs.
You can find most other needs here, at the deli next door or at the bait & tackle shop on the premises: ice, beer, mixers, bugspray, sunblock, bandaids, toiletries, fishing gear & rental poles, grills, and bathrooms with showers on land.
Please do not bring candles to light the boats as they are all equipped with electricity. Boats are made of pure petroleum and a boat fire is not the kind of adventure we have in mind.
The Boatel is not a real hotel by any stretch of the imagination. We encourage you to take advantage of what is here and make your own fun. We’ve tried to make it as safe as possible but please be aware of your surroundings at all times and be responsible for your own safety.
The marina is a working marina for fishermen, some of whom have been here for 30 years. Please be respectful to other customers. Do not ever board any other boat unless invited.
WEATHER We are here rain or shine. It’s a different experience in the rain—listening to raindrops on the ceiling snuggling with friends and playing cards—but not unpleasant. No weather to date has been too severe, we will let you know if weather conditions are unsafe enough to close to Boatel.
GRILLS We have moved the grilling area to charcoal grills on land and they are available for your shared use. Shared coolers on the docks and boats are also provided. We also have menus for local restaurants that deliver (your options are thai, chinese, and pizza).
GATE ACCESS There is a Lincoln Hubcap with a gate clicker on it for shared use to let friends in or go to the deli. It’s usually down at the livng room area. The deli closes at 10pm.
BATHROOMS are on land in the silver building. They are marked “M” and “W”.
WATERSPORTS Kayak & Stand up Paddle Board Rentals as well as Skiff Rentals are available at the Marina. Call or text (917) 902-7793 for Stacy to reserve (at least a day in advance).
SHOP We have ice, bait, tackle, and rods as well as local natural beauty products and handmade jewelry in the Boatel office, the red and white boat on land at the top of A dock. Also water, bugspray, sunblock, and rental poles for fishing.
BEACH Rockaway Beach is five blocks away, straight out the gate and across the peninsula.
DOGS All dogs must be leashed at all times and picked up after.
KIDS Children under 12 must wear life jackets at all times.
POLICY Reservations must be paid in full at time of booking and are not refundable. Dates can not be switched. You can find somebody to take over your reservation, for no more than the listed rate. Boatel and Marina 59 are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Bags can be left in the Boatel office in between check out and check in hours. Please no smoking.
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