Summer Ain’t Over. Get To the Beach!

If you haven’t been to the beach this summer, it is not too late.  You have exactly 13 more days until Labor Day.  Besides, medical research has proven that the beach is good for your health.  So get on a subway, a ferry or the Long Island Railroad, take a day off and breathe in some ocean air.

Here are my top three favorite beaches:

Jacob Riis Park Beach

City planner Robert Moses, who developed a lot of ocean coasts in and around the city, referred to Riis Beach as “the people’s beach” because of its easy access to public transit.  Riis Beach is enjoying a renaissance, thanks to Riis Park Beach Bazaar the bathhouse-residing food court.  Riis also has a golf course, ball courts and a markedly wider beach than nearby Rockaway.  The beach is clean and the water is beautiful.

Best way to get there:

New York Beach Ferry provides summer service Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from Pier 11 at Wall Street and the East River to Jacob Riis Park Beach in Rockaway, Queens.  The Rockaway Beach bound ferry will sail through New York Harbor where you can view The Statue of Liberty, The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Coney Island, Breezy Point and Jamaica Bay.  The ferry has an open bar and travel time is roughly an hour.

Rockaway Beach

If you are watching your pennies, Rockaway beach is the best alternative.  It is located a few-blocks from the subway.  You can sign up for surf lessons at the New York Surf School and check out the Rockaway Beach Surf Club, a mural-lined bohemian joint home to the popular food stand Tacoway Beach.

And how is this for some inspiration?

Best way to get there:

The A train will get you to Beach 67th, Beach 90th or Beach 98th following your transfer at Broad Channel in about an hour and 15 minutes from midtown Manhattan.

Fire Island

Fire Island has been my home away from home for close to three decades.  The beaches are as close to Hampton quality beaches as you can find and there is a diverse choice of communities to explore.  Deemed the “barefoot community”, cars are not allowed on Fire Island.  The 32-mile-long, ¼-mile wide strip of sand has about 4,000 homes and its year-round population of about 400 residents swells to an estimated 20,000 during summer months.  Without cars, the primary modes of transportation include bicycles, private boats, water taxi, wagons and walking.

Best way to get there:

Head to any of the island communities by ferry, a 5 minute taxi ride from the Bay Shore, Sayville or Patchogue Long Island Rail Road station.

Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer.

Fall will be here in a NY minute.



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