Beachy places around NYC
Unfortunately, not all New Yorkers have a Hamptons house to summer in, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a coastal place to frequent. As all of New York City’s boroughs border bodies of water, there are plenty of seaside spots to soak up the sun. You’re probably familiar with Coney Island (who isn’t?), but here are some other popular beachy places around NYC.
Jacob Riis Park, Queens
This harbor park is also a national park, meaning that it’s maintained by the National Park Service. As part of the Jacob Riis Park Historic District, the location also features an Art Deco bath house listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the park hosts various events, including the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, which makes this the perfect summer spot to enjoy food and drink along the boardwalk.
Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn
Surprise! Manhattan Beach is not located in Manhattan, but in the southern tip of Brooklyn. Manhattan Beach is the name of both the beach and the neighborhood, so even though the beach opens Memorial Day weekend, you can technically visit year round. This beach is perfect location for a summer picnic or barbecue, so be sure to stop by before the warm weather ends. Neighboring Brighton Beach is also a go-to spot for New Yorkers.
Fire Island Pines
Fire Island is prominently known as an LGBTQ-friendly place, and ‘The Pines’ is one of the most popular towns on the island. The area houses some of the most expensive real estate on Fire Island, and with its gorgeous boardwalks and the number of high-profile events it hosts, it’s easy to see why. The Pines stretch of beach connects to Cherry Grove, another gay-centric community.
The Frying Pan, Pier 66
If you’ve been to the Frying Pan, you’ll know that it’s not a beach – but an old boat permanently docked on the coast of Manhattan. It’s also a historic lightship (the ultimate dive bar, you might say) built out of riveted steel in 1929. From April through October, the bar offers food and drink and is an ideal escape if you don’t have the time or cash to leave the city. While you can’t sail along the Hudson in this boat, you can order a glass of sangria and enjoy a gorgeous view of the sunset across the water. What’s more summery than that?
Fort Tilden, Queens
True to its name, Fort Tilden used to be home to a military fort on Rockaway Peninsula. Aside from becoming a go-to beach spot, Fort Tilden now houses two local non-profits – the Rockaway Artist Alliance and the Rockaway Theatre Company. Since Fort Tilden Beach doesn’t have any lifeguards be careful jumping into the water. If you’re more the biking type, you’ll have a great time riding the path that runs alongside the beach. If you’re looking for a beach where you can spend the whole day exploring many different attractions, Fort Tilden is the spot for you.
Have you been to any of these beachy places around NYC?