The Look Book Goes to the Riis Park Beach Bazaar

The lifeguards, law students, and Hula-Hoopers enjoying a recent Thursday on the boardwalk.

Mike Diaz, unemployed, East Village. Photo: Rochelle Brock

You brought your guitar to the beach?
Yes, I’ve been trying to improve, especially since I’ve been home. I closed my strip club in October for non-pandemic reasons. I’ve worked in clubs for a long time — I ran Chris Noth from Sex and the City’s place, worked at the strip club featured in Hustlers.

Have you been home alone?
No, my son and I share a small apartment. We’re having a beach day together today. He’s 23 and takes up a lot of room, but we get along well. It’s a long story, how we ended up together, but a good one. He’s not my biological son; my ex-girlfriend ran around on me and got pregnant. I threw her out, and she came back crying. I ended up taking the baby because she was going to medical school. He bounced around, spent a while in Belgium, then moved in with me when he turned 18. If I didn’t bring him up, I’d still look for him to be my friend.

Nisha Robinson, administrative manager, Starrett City. Photo: Rochelle Brock

Who are you here with?
My friends. This is an adult, mommies-only beach day. It’s been a gift, though, getting to be with my daughter more. She’s 11. I went back to work when she was 3 months old and felt like I missed out on something. Early on, I told her, “I truly enjoy this time I get to spend with you.”

Ruben Ramos, freelance creative director, Bushwick. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Soheir Hassan, community organizer, East New York. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Ava Hollingsworth, school counselor, East Flatbush. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Jason Sanchez, sales professional, Washington Heights. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Siobhan Twomey, lifeguard, Rockaway. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Shay Martin, clerical associate, Financial District. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Bryn Daniel, teacher, Bed-Stuy. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Uthman Olagoke, project manager, Harlem. Photo: Rochelle Brock

What’d you bring?
Cherries. They’re such a lively color, and who doesn’t like a nice color? And a book called Freshwater, which I’m reading for my queer book club, the Pink Triangle Club.

Dawn Hubbard, floral decorator, Rego Park. Photo: Rochelle Brock

Do you Hula-Hoop often?
Just since quarantine started. I live in an apartment building and needed something to get outside, so I’d take it out to the alleyway, put on some Bob Marley, and Hoop. There was a hairless rat who’d run through. Poor thing was probably having struggles like the rest of us.

Julian Miller, freelance political organizer, Crown Heights. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Jameelia Matheson, entrepreneur, Williamsburg. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Tiana Ramos and Kyilee Beltran, urgent-care employee, Flatbush. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Ariana Krasniqi and Lara Paikoff, student, Dyker Heights; social-media intern, Bensonhurst. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Sunny Daye, tattoo artist, Crown Heights. Photo: Rochelle Brock

Have you been socializing often?
This is the first time I’ve left the house in a long time. I certainly didn’t celebrate the Fourth of July — I don’t feel like American independence has anything to do with Black people. I’m just hoping to get some sun today, get a bit brown. Last winter is the lightest I’ve been my entire life.

Susan Praeger, corporate controller, Forest Hills. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Meshell Oliver, law student, Mill Basin. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Liam Dublin, interior designer, Bed-Stuy. Photo: Rochelle Brock

Special thanks to Riis Park Beach Bazaar.

*This article appears in the July 20, 2020, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!

The Look Book Goes to the Riis Park Beach Bazaar