With a bunch of the MAKE team out west helping prepare for the 7th annual Maker Faire Bay Area (including myself), a part of me really wishes I was back home for two awesome events taking place this weekend in Far Rockaway, Queens. Inspired by the likes of NYC’s boardwalk Mermaid Day Parade, and Baltimore’s Kinetic Sculpture Race, the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance is hosting the 1st annual Rockaway Bike Parade on Saturday May 19th from 11AM – 2PM, beginning at Jacob Riis Park. Expect to see Fish Bikez (above), inflatable costumes, decorated ice cream carts, and other pedal-powered maker contraptions! Afterwards take a break, grab some fish tacos for lunch, and then make your way to Marina 59 for their artists in residency opening from 3PM – 8PM. Over a dozen teams of artists & makers have been laboring for over a month, outfitting reclaimed docks and junk boats with interactive arts. This event will inaugurate the 2012 season of the “Boatel,” previously reported here on MAKE last year by Jon Kalish.
Flyers for both events after the jump – if you’re anywhere near NYC this Saturday this is where you should go!