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

Update: Reflects new 08/25 date.

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TOTB is this Sunday, are you ready?

This Sunday a whole bunch of Queer Arabs and SWANA’s (South West Asians and North Africans) will be taking over the northern part of RIIS beach, and this post will get you ready honey.

Getting ready to get there!

TOTB starts at noon (EST not AST), volunteers will have been there since 10am, 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, aint nobody want 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)
  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.)  🙂

DO NOT BRING!

  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)

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

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 and coming from:
Manhattan/Bronx: 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 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. 
Brooklyn: B46 or B44 (Williamsburg) B47 (Bushwick) Bus to Flatbush Ave, then transfer to Q35 to Jacob RIIS Beach. OR “2” Train to Flatbush Ave then transfer to 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 Bus to Jacob RIIS Beach 149th Street.
Staten Island: Unfortunately there is no bus service to the Rockaways from Staten Island, best to enter through Brooklyn or Manhattan and follow respective directions above.

Driving 

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 .

RockaBus

If you live near the Lower East Side or Williamsburg, check out RockaBus!  Buses run every Saturday & Sunday plus all summer holidays and drops you off right at RIIS beach. The first bus departs at 9am and the last bus returns at 6:15pm. (so you will have to leave the party a little early) $10 for one way, $15 for round trip, buy your tickets in advance.

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 Arab flags, canopies and listen for Arabic music, you can’t miss us!

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.

See you at the beach!

-Bashar from Tarab NYC

AS ALWAYS, DONT FORGET TO…

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Eid Mubarak & Tarab On The Beach

Eid Mubarak Rainbow style

Eid Mubarak from Tarab NYC

One of the most joyous days in the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Fitr, is a celebration that marks the end of Ramadan (a holy month of fasting observed by Muslims). On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, Tarab NYC extends warm wishes to its members and friends that are observing this special holiday. We hope your Eid is full of friends, family, and sweets! Happy Eid!

Tarab_Beach2_SmallAnnouncing the return of
Tarab on the Beach! 

Join us for music, dancing, hookah, sun and fun as queer Arabs & SWANA’s (South West Asians and North Africans) take over the northern part of RIIS beach on Sunday, August 18th for Tarab On The Beach! Tarab On The Beach starts at noon and ends at sunset (around 8pm).  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.  For directions via car or subway visit Google Maps . For more information about RIIS beach visit the NY Harbor Parks website.

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50 Shades of Queer

50Shades03Arab Queer Collective, GAPIMNY, Q-WAVE, and SALGA NYC Present
50 Shades of Queer
THE PEOPLE OF COLOR DANCE PARTY FOR PRIDE 2013!

Sunday, June 30
PHOENIX BAR – 447 E. 13th Street, Manhattan
Party Starts at 9PM, DJs Spin until 3AM

Music by Bashar (Tarab NYC) and DJ Sue
Bollywood, Arabic/SWANA, Hip-Hop, Soca, Chutney, Reggae, and More!

Suggested Donation $5-$20.
$4 Well Drinks 10PM-4AM!
Age 21 and older. ID required.

All Proceeds Benefit AQC, GAPIMNY, Q-WAVE, & SALGA NYC. Tell your friends and distribute this invite widely! All queer people of color and allies welcome!

Accessible, gender-neutral bathroom available. Women, trans*, and genderqueer folks especially welcome. Volunteers needed! Help us make this community party possible! Contact info@q-wave.org for volunteer information. Please note: the entrance to Phoenix has one small step up from the sidewalk.
For other questions about accessibility, please contact info@q-wave.org.

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Visit the ArabQueerCollective’s website.

Support Tarab NYC and the Arab Queer Collective March in Pride

The last time an Arab group marched in NYC pride was in 2003, when the fierce members of the Gay Lesbian Arab Society (GLAS) loudly and proudly took to the streets. Ten years later, even louder and prouder, the Arab Queer Collective and Tarab NYC are marching in the 2013 NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 30th!

The expenses for having a big presence at pride can quickly add up and we need your help.  Can you please make a donation today?  Please click here to make a donation!

Want to march?  Sign up to march here, lineup begins at 11am, allies are welcome.

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Follow DJ and organizer Bashar @Makhay on Twitter. 
Visit the ArabQueerCollective’s website.

Join Tarab NYC and the Arab Queer Collective (AQC) in the 2013 NYC Pride March

pride-2013The last time an Arab group marched in NYC pride was in 2003, when the fierce members of the Gay Lesbian Arab Society (GLAS) loudly and proudly took to the streets. Ten years later, even louder and prouder, the Arab Queer Collective and Tarab NYC are marching in the 2013 NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 30th!    Join queers from all over the Arab world, celebrating pride and fighting injustice. Sign up to march at HERE, lineup begins at 11am, allies are welcome.

Can’t attend but want to help out?  Please consider making a donation HERE!

Like our facebook page,
RSVP via our facebook event.
Follow DJ and organizer Bashar @Makhay on Twitter. 
Visit the ArabQueerCollective’s website.