Camping in style on Rockway beach

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At Fort Tilden in the Rockaways, a campground of 10 sites — eight with ready-pitched tents and cots with sheets — has opened for the month of October, the first time camping has been allowed at the city beach.
Tents, raised on platforms and each with little porch, are arranged in a circle with a a comunal campfire at the center.
The bedside table in the tents includes enamelware coffee pot and muigs, as well as the makings for Smores.
At dusk, the beach at Fort Tilden is still being used by a few families.
The camp’s director, Kent Johnson, says it took about two weeks to build the campsite from the ground up. It will have to be completely dismantled next month.
At night, solar-powered lights illuminate the tents.

In the Rockaways’ Gateway National Park, just over the Gil Hodges Bridge from Brooklyn, camping has arrived.

It is a cut above the usual roughing it. At Camp Rockaway, the tents are already built on platforms and the cots come with pillows and sheets.

Costs range from $120-150 a night, but you have to hurry — the camp closes Nov. 6.

Updated 3:58 pm, October 18, 2017
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