So you want to go to Tarab On The Beach eh?

On Saturday, August 11th, a whole bunch of Arab, Middle Eastern, & North African Queers will be taking over the northern part of RIIS beach, and this guide will answer any questions you might have:

How Can I Help?
Thanks for asking! Send an email to Reem Ramadan, and we’ll make sure you have something to do. We could use all the help we can get, including set up, tear down, transportation, etc.

What Should I Bring?

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

What Should I NOT Bring?

  • Grills are not allowed. (Unless they are on your teeth, that’s cool)
  • Pets, they can’t be on the beach unless they are Service Dogs. (Unless you sneak them in and nobody says anything – it happens)

How Do I Get to Jacob Riis Beach?
Subway/Bus: 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…

For most people: Get to a Brooklyn bound “2/5” 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.

Keep an eye on the Weekender to anticipate any planned subway outages!

Car: 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.

Ferry & Shuttle Bus: Check out the NYC Ferry with pickups at Wall Street and Sunset Park – though we recommend you take the Wall Street Ferry as it fills quickly. Take the ferry to Rockaway park then get on the free shuttle bus to Jacob Riis. Costs $2.75 per trip.

Alexis Van Lines: If you live or can easily get to the the Lower East Side, Williamsburg, or Grand Army Plaza, then check out Alexis Van Lines! $7 or $8 per direction, or $14-$16 round trip. Last departure from Riis is at 9PM!

How Do I Find Everyone Once I’m at the Beach?
When you arrive to the beach, head north/east (when you face the beach, north/east 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! We will be sending locations the closer we get to the date.

I heard Riis beach changed and there is a large police presence now…
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 Beach & Staying 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.

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 Can I Get Updates?
Facebook!

See you on the beach!

~Tarab NYC

June at Tarab NYC! Queens, Brooklyn, & NYC Pride – Iftar – Color Me Queer – Hala3!

Queens Pride – June 3
Join Tarab NYC for its third year participating in Queens Pride. Even louder and prouder, Tarab NYC and its friends will be marching in the 2018 Queens Pride March on Sunday June 3rd! BONUS: The newly formed Tarab NYC Dabke ensemble group will be performing at Queen Pride alongside Anya Knees!


Community Iftar at the Center – June 7
Join Tarab NYC and break your fast with an Iftar dinner during the holy month of Ramadan, hosted at The Center in partnership with other organizations serving members of the LGBTQ Muslim community. The evening is meant to create a safe space for all community members, while also celebrating unity within LGBTQ communities of faith. Registration opens at noon today – and seats fill quickly!


Brooklyn Pride – June 9
Join Tarab NYC for its fourth year participating in Brooklyn Pride. Even louder and prouder, join Tarab NYC as we take part in the ONLY New York City night time parade on Saturday, June 9


NYC Pride – June 24
Join Tarab NYC for the fifth year participating in NYC Pride. Even louder and prouder, Tarab NYC and its friends will be marching in the 2018 NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 24th! Join queers from all over the Middle East and North Africa, celebrating pride and fighting injustice, lineup begins at 10am, allies are welcome. Members get 50% off your registration fee!


Color Me Queer – June 24
The biggest dance party for queer people of color during Pride! Sunday, June 24, 2018 6pm after the Pride march through midnight THE DELANCEY Rooftop Garden, Main Floor, and Basement* 168 Delancey Street on the Lower East Side bollywood, chaabi, redh, pop, hip hop, breakbeats, ballroom, dancehall, reggae, soca, bandari, chutney and more


Tarab NYC Updates – 6 Year Anniversary, Dabke 101, Pride, Iftar and More!

6 Years of Queer Middle Eastern and North African Faboulousness – May 14
Lets Celebrate Six Years of Tarab NYC! On Monday, May 14th, join Tarab NYC for a special extended Happy Hour and Mixer at Henrietta Hudson. Join us as we celebrate six years of dance parties, mixers, picnics, community discussions, support groups, dance classes, film screenings, beach parties, protests, workshops, QPOC collaborations, and so much more.

Dabke For Your Life – Tarab NYC Dabke 101 – May 19
The time has come for you to Dabke for your life! Tarab NYC is partnering with the amazing Freedom Dabke Troupe to offer a Dabke 101 Class. Whether you have never danced Dabke or you would like to improve your skills, this class is for you! The Class will begin with the basics of Dabke then slowly build upon your dabke skills.

No experience necessary. The class is for all genders.

Save The Date – LGBTQ Iftar June 7th!
Join Tarab NYC and break your fast with an Iftar dinner during the holy month of Ramadan, hosted at The Center in partnership with other organizations serving members of the LGBTQ Muslim community. The evening is meant to create a safe space for all community members, while also celebrating unity within LGBTQ communities of faith.

Even More! 

On Thursday May 17th, Tarab NYC Board Members Hilal, Nick, and Wardeh will be at the LGBT Center Immigration Fair. Join us at Queens Pride on June 3rdBrooklyn Pride on June 9th, & NYC Pride on June 24th! We will also be collaborating with our fellow QPOC orgs to put on another fabulous Color Me Queer on the evening of June 24th.  Last but not least, we want to thank all that donated to send members of our board to the NQAPIA national conference!  With your help we raised $1090 and will be able to send up to four board members to the NQAPIA National Conference in San Francisco where we are excited to present on Orientalism, Digital Organizing, Pinkwashing, Islamophobia, and more. We will also be holding space for a Queer MENA caucus at the conference.

Thank you!

Tarab NYC Board

Send Tarab NYC to the NQAPIA National Conference!

To support our goal of providing visibility and a voice for our community, we will be sending 4 board members to the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) conference this July! The conference, which takes place every 3 years, provides a platform for local LGBTQ groups to come together, share experience, learn, educate, and empower one another in the American LGBTQ Asian Pacific Islander community.

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From this Monday (4/16) to Sunday (4/22) we are having a fundraising drive to raise money for conference registration fees and travel costs. Your donation will allow Tarab NYC board members to register and represent the MENA community and the first $500 will be matched by NQAPIA so donate today!

At the conference, we will facilitate workshops for our friends and allies on Orientalism, Digital Organizing, Pinkwashing, Islamophobia, and more. We will also be holding space for a Queer MENA caucus at the conference.

We cannot do this important work without your support, please make a donation today!

 

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