Poetry and music fill the air during Ft. Tilden homecoming

Rockaway Beach played host to a pair of famous faces Sunday during the opening day of the MoMA PS1’s Rockaway! festival in Fort Tilden.

Actor James Franco and singer Patti Smith took part in a reading of Walt Whitman’s poetry, and Smith also performed acoustic songs after the readings. The free public arts festival, sponsored by the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, is being held in celebration of Fort Tilden’s reopening after renovations following Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.

The festival runs through Sept. 1, according to MoMA PS1.

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