A GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY BEACHES

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BROOKLYN

Brighton Beach (Little Russia By the Sea) In Brooklyn

On the Atlantic Ocean

Brightwater Ave- Near Coney Island Boardwalk East (From Corbin Place to Coney Island). The boardwalk runs from Seabreeze Walk to Corbin Place.
718-946-1350

Lifeguard hours: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm from Memorial Day – Labor Day

Directions:
Subway
B or Q to Brighton Beach


Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn

On the Atlantic Ocean

Surf Ave at W. 12th/Atlantic Shore
718-946-1350

Lifeguard hours: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm from Memorial Day – Labor Day

Additional Nearby Attractions:
Stroll the Boardwalk and stop at Nathan’s Famous for a hot dog!
NY Aquarium ( at W. 8th St Subway Stop)
Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball, MCU Park (Stillwell Ave-Coney Island Subway Stop)

Directions:
Subway
D, F, N, Q to Stillwell Ave-Coney Island
F, Q to W 8th St


Manhattan Beach Park in Brooklyn

On the Atlantic Ocean

Oriental Blvd between Ocean Avenue and Mackenzie Street
718-946-1373

Bookended by playgrounds, has two large baseball diamonds as well as tennis, volleyball, basketball, and handball.

Directions
Subway
B, Q to Sheepshead Bay/East 16th St
B49 Bus to Oriental Blvd

 

THE BRONX

Orchard Beach and Promenade in The Bronx

On the Long Island Sound

Located in Pelham Bay Park, at Orchard Beach Rd
718-885-3273

Covering a mile and 115 acres, its promenade is lined with shops, playgrounds, picnic areas, and more than two dozen sports courts.

Directions:
Take the 6 line to its last stop, Pelham Bay Park and take the BX 12 bus

 

QUEENS

Breezy Point Beach in Queens

On the Atlantic Ocean

Rockaway Point Blvd
718-318-4300

Breezy Point Beach is a private beach in Queens, but you can access it from Fort Tilden Beach in the Rockaways. New York Beach Ferry lets off at Riis Landing between Fort Tilden and Jacob Riis Park. Walk along Fort Tilden beach to reach Breezy Point Tip.

New York Beach Ferry provides summer service Saturday, Sunday and Holiday’s from Pier 11 at Wall St. in Manhattan to Rockaway. Reservations are not accepted and are on a first-come, first-served basis. It is located at Wall St. and the East River. You will find Pier 11 on the East River between the South Street Seaport, and the Heliport.
http://www.newyorkbeachferry.com/

Directions:
Subway/Bus
Take the #2 train to Flatbush Avenue. Transfer to the Q35 Bus over the Marine Park Bridge to the Fort Tilden bus stop in Breezy Point, Rockaway.


Jacob Riis Park in The Queens

On the Atlantic Ocean

From Beach 169th to Beach 149th.

This beach is among the cleaner NYC area beaches and has a topless / clothing-optional area. Open daily 9am-5pm

Additional Activities: Paddle tennis, baseball, basketball and volleyball courts. Pitch and Putt Golf (Riis Park Golf Course) are also available on the boardwalk between Breezy Point and Belle Harbor. http://brooklyngolfcenter.com/cgi-bin/dynamic.cgi?ID=18

Directions:
See Breezy Point above for directions


Fort Tilden Beach in Queens

On the Atlantic Ocean

Adjacent to Jacob Riis park.

This ocean front beach/park offers a mixture of decommissioned military structures and reclaimed natural areas. Tours and other ranger-led programs highlight many great spots to see wildlife in the maritime forest, along the Atlantic shore, and near the fort’s freshwater pond.

The former fort is now home to the Rockaway Artist Alliance, which offers classes and exhibitions in their gallery spaces, and the Rockaway Theatre Company offers live theatre productions at the historic Post Theater.

Open dawn to dusk. There is NO lifeguard service.

Directions:
See Breezy Point above for directions


Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk in Queens

On the Atlantic Ocean

From Beach 1st St. in Far Rockaway, to Beach 149th St. in Neponsit
The Boardwalk is located on Shore Front Pkwy between Beach 109th St. and Beach 73rd St.
718-318-4000

Life Guard Hours: From Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend, daily from 10-6 p.m.

Rockaway Beach is New York City’s only surfing beach, with two separate stretches for surfing, between 67-69 Streets and between 87-92 Streets. The beach offers seven playgrounds, spray showers, and restaurants along the boardwalk.

Directions: Subway
The A train to Broad Channel, transfer to the S where there are several stops from 90th to 116th Beach Streets.
The A train (Far Rockaway/Mott Avenue Branch) also serves Rockaway Beach, with stops from Beach 67 Street to Beach 36 Street.

See Breezy Point Beach above for Ferry directions.

 

STATEN ISLAND

Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and South Beach in Staten Island

On the Atlantic Ocean

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach spans 2.5 miles, from Fort Wadsworth to Miller Field, in the South Beach and Midland Beach neighborhoods of Staten Island.
Adjacent to Father Capodanno Blvd.
718-816-6804

Lifeguard hours: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm from Memorial Day – Labor Day

Park amenities include dog runs, handball courts, basketball and bocce courts, baseball fields, barbecue areas.

Directions:
To the Staten Island Ferry:
Subway
4, 5 to Bowling Green
R to Whitehall Station
1 to South Ferry
From the Staten Island Ferry Terminal take Bus S51(21 minutes) to Father Capodanno Blvd. and Sand Lane.


Great Kills Park in Staten Island

Great Kills Park is home to four beaches: New Dorp Beach, Cedar Grove Beach, Oakwood Beach and Fox Beach.

Hylan Blvd., Old Mill Rd., Cedar Grove Ave. bet. Hopkins Ave. and New Dorp La.
718-987-6790

Lifeguard hours: Mon-Sun 10am-5:45pm from Memorial Day – Labor Day

Additional Nearby Attractions:
Fort Wadsworth
Miller Field
Great for bird watching, and is home to the only osprey nesting site on Staten Island, with special nesting platforms provided for the birds to inhabit.

Bus Directions:
S76, S86 to Oakwood Beach to Ebbitts Street and Cedar Grove Avenue OR take the X1Bus at Broadway – Rector St towards Eltngvle Transt Ctr via Hylan Bl Rich Ave


Wolfe’s Pond Beach in Staten Island

On Raritan Bay and Prince’s Bay

Located in Wolfe’s Pond Park, you have the opportunity to sunbathe, enjoy the nearby wildlife preserve where you can fish and hike, as well as the open space of the park.

Hylan Blvd and Cornelia Ave- between Seguine Avenue and Luten Avenue, Huguenot
718-984-8266

Directions:
To the Staten Island Ferry:
Subway
4, 5 to Bowling Green
R to Whitehall Station
1 to South Ferry

At the St. George station, make a connection with the Staten Island Transit. Take it to the Hugenot Avenue stop and then walk down toward Hylan Boulevard.

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