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.