Tarab On The Beach Postponed!

Hey Folks, The weather is just not cooperating with us for tomorrow. We are postponing and will announce a new date soon. Even without the storms, its quite humid, cloudy and not good conditions for a beach day.

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Tarab On The Beach Is Sunday!

Join us for music, dancing, hookah, sun and fun as queer Arab, Middle Eastern and North African folk take over the northern part of Riis beach this Sunday, July 31st for Tarab On The Beach!

Tarab On The Beach starts at noon and ends before sunset (around 7pm). Bring a cooler with your favorite drinks and food or enjoy some of our offerings for a donation. This event is free but does cost a bit to produce, a donation of $5 or more is welcomed and appreciated.

Check out our guide to get ready: SO YOU WANT TO GO TO THE 5TH ANNUAL TARAB ON THE BEACH?

Updates can be found via facebook! If the weather goes sour, we will update everyone by 9am on Sunday via email and Facebook.

So you want to go to the 5th Annual Tarab On The Beach?

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TOTB is THIS Sunday, August 7th are you ready? Sunday, a whole bunch of Arab, Middle Eastern, & North African Queers will be taking over the northern part of RIIS beach, and this guide will get you ready honey. Oh and even though we were rained on last week, check out the forecast!  Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 5.14.40 PM

I want to volunteer!

Thats great! Send us an email at tarab@tarabnyc.org! We could use all the help we can get – from set up, tear down, transportation, etc.

Getting ready to get there!

TOTB starts at noon, volunteers will be there at 10am-ish to prepare, pitching tents (pun intended) and decorating the beach for your enjoyment.   Before you get there we need to talk about what you will be bringing.  Check out the list below:

  1. Beach blankets or chairs (you need something to relax on)
  2. Sunglasses (Only if you want to see, its going to be sunny hunny)
  3. Sunscreen (No you do not have magic skin that does not burn)
  4. Snacks and Drinks (Try to avoid glass, its not allowed on the beach and nobody wants to get cut)
  5. Plenty of water (Stay hydrated boo.)
  6. Ice (Not the immigration assholes, frozen water, oh an bring a cooler to keep it in)
  7. Plastic Cups/Plates (Ya know, so you can share)
  8. Games (Beach Ball, Tawle, Card Decks, oh girl you should bring twister.)
  9. Towels (duh) & a beach blanket or sheet to lay on.
  10. That sexy swimsuit of yours.  (you know, that one that makes everyone come to your yard.)
  11. $5, (Now this event is free but does cost a bit to produce, a donation of $5 or more is welcomed and appreciated.)  🙂


  1. Grills are not allowed. (Unless they are on your teeth, thats cool)
  2. Pets, they can’t be on the beach. (Unless you sneak them in and nobody says anything – it happens)

I heard Riis beach changed and there is a large police presence now…

Well our area is still queer and amazing but since the introduction of Riis Beach Bazaar, we have been inundated with police harassing beach goers in the queer beach area. Luckily communities have come together and have formed cop watch groups and have created guides like these: Staying Safe at Jacob Riis BeachStaying Safe & Sexy at The Queer Beach. Members of the Tarab NYC community have been keeping an eye on this and have been at the beach volunteering long hours bathing in the sun making sure that the space is safe and overall, it has been pretty great, especially since Cop Watch Units have begun patrolling the area.

Now to get there, you have three options: drive your car, take the subway/bus, take the NYC Beach Bus.

Subway/Bus ***This Weekend there are no 4 & 5 trains running into Brooklyn*** While Google Maps will give the best directions and the MTA will always provide the most up to date information on train status, we recommend the following when using mass transit and coming from: For most people: Get to a Brooklyn bound “2” train to Flatbush Ave, then take Q35 (Near Target) to Jacob RIIS Beach.  OR “A” train to Shuttle to Far Rockaway to the last stop (116th Street) then transfer to the Q22 or Q35 Bus to Jacob RIIS Beach 149th Street. Queens: From Woodside take the B53 bus to Rockaway and transfer to the Q22 to Jacob RIIS Beach. North Brooklyn: B46 or B44 (Williamsburg) B47 (Bushwick) Bus to Flatbush Ave, then transfer to Q35 to Jacob RIIS Beach.


Take the Belt Parkway to Exit 11S, then Flatbush Avenue south across the Marine Parkway Bridge (toll) to the park. Alternate: Woodhaven Boulevard to Cross Bay Boulevard, then west on Beach Channel Drive to the park. Parking is $10.  For best directions visit Google Maps .

NYC Beach Bus

If you live or can easily get to the Union Square, Barclay Center or Williamsburg, check out NYC Beach Bus! $10 or 14 RT, last departure from Riis is at 6pm. If you live or can easily get to the the Lower East Side, Williamsburg, or Grand Army Plaza, then check out Alexis Van Lines! $6 or $12 RT, Last departure from Riis is at 8PM!

I’m at the Beach, how do I get to TOTB?!

When you arrive to the beach, head north (when you face the beach, north is left boo boo), towards the end of the beach before you see houses that start at 149th Street. Look out for Middle Eastern and North African flags, canopies and listen for Arabic music, you can’t miss us!  Check out this map for the location.

While at TOTB, Shaku Maku?

Honey, you made it, enjoy yourself, set yourself up in or near the Tarab NYC area, enjoy all the sexiness around you and have an amazing time!  Party ends at sunset, which means we will be packed up by sunset and lingering around and saying good bye to each other numerous times until we actually leave. For more information about RIIS beach visit the NY Harbor Parks website.

Where do I get updates if anything changes?


See you at the beach!

Tarab NYC

Tarab On The Beach Is This Sunday!


Join us for the 5th Annual Tarab on the Beach! Join us for music, dancing, hookah, sun and fun as queer Arab, Middle Eastern and North African folk take over the northern part of Riis beach this Sunday, July 31st for Tarab On The Beach!

Tarab On The Beach starts at noon and ends before sunset (around 7pm). Bring a cooler with your favorite drinks and food or enjoy some of our offerings for a donation. This event is free but does cost a bit to produce, a donation of $5 or more is welcomed and appreciated.

Updates can be found via facebook!

Make a difference in your community, join the Tarab NYC board! 

If you feel that you can help Tarab NYC build community, develop relationships, fundraise, manage operations, create programs, and spread our mission of fostering an inclusive and safe community for Queer MENA people, then please consider joining our board. In order to attain a more diverse group of applicants, we have decided to accept applications until July 31st. (Which also happens to be Tarab On The Beach).  We plan on following up with all applicants at the beginning of August. While everyone is encouraged to apply, in order to maintain the diverse nature of our organization, women, Trans*, & GNC individuals are heavily encouraged to apply as well as people with non-Arab ethnicities, such as Berbers, Assyrians, Persians, Kurds, etc. We can’t wait to learn more about you, and grow the Tarab NYC family!

While not everyone will be accepted, we encourage everyone to apply! Click here to apply to join the board! If you want to nominate someone or have questions, just hit us up by emailing us.

Many thanks!

The Tarab NYC Board