As the free-throws wind down and the home runs and sun heat up, we’re sharing our picks for New York City’s best beaches.
If your sun and dusted with the siren-filled city and other busy beaches, Midland Beach offers a soothing hassle-free experience. It’s part of Staten Island’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach. The popularity of the fishing pier, bike paths and bocce courts will leave you with lots to rant and wave about. The Sea Turtle Fountain and sprinklers; calm waves; as well as roller-hockey rink are just some more reasons why Midland Beach is a family favorite.
Every Thursday this summer, NYC Parks offers free “Thrower Power” classes for the public. It’s a circuit style workout to unleash your explosive power and build strength and flexibility.
Coney Island Beach
As the Grand Central of New York City’s beaches, Coney Island is a hustle and bustle affair. It perfectly juxtaposes the new with the old and iconic events such as the Mermaid Parade and Nathan’s hotdog eating contest transform this beach from serene to spectacle. The sand may not be as pristine as other locations, but with 4 subway lines and miles of stands and stalls, it’s by far the most convenient.
Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg food frenzy has reached Coney Island with a dozen food vendors offering seafood, Tex-Mex and more. Fridays are fun days with the Coney Island Circus Sideshow and Burlesque at the Beach taking over.
Its nickname is Little Odessa, so it’s no surprise Brighton Beach is largely Russian and Ukrainian. This means you sometimes feel like a kid in a sandy store when it comes to dining options as the line of Russian eateries gives you a number of options for your borscht, kebabs, caviar and vodka fix. While you’re strolling and refueling, don’t forget to look around. People-watching is half the fun! If you’re thinking about driving, get the wheels in ocean early as parking spaces cam be hard to come by.
Keep an eye out for the annual Brighton Jubilee on August 30th. The multi-block party includes music, food, entertainment and merchandise.
Jacob Riis Park Beach
For a bite-sized beach break, Jacob Riis Park Beach is a serene sandy spot that’s part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. The low key beach has walkways, boardwalks, ball courts, a pitch-and-putt golf course and minimal concession stands. An art deco bathhouse that was built in 1932 backs up onto the beach and now houses historical exhibitions and serves as the base for ranger-led programs.
This summer, beachgoers will get to experience the euphoria of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar as the weekend entertainment staple has just signed a five-year lease with the bathhouse. Expect food, live concerts, games and market stalls.
Encompassing more than 170 acres of sand, Rockaway Beach is the largest urban stretch of beach in the United States and houses the only two surf beaches in the five boroughs. It’s the shoreline with the headlines as after Hurricane Sandy the community has worked hard to restore the fishing areas, sports spaces, boardwalk and lively selection of shops and restaurants along Beach 116th Street.
Seven playgrounds keep kids happy while local musicians’ live tunes help you tune out.
The Rockaway Beach Surf Club serves up a list of live music, photographic and film events this summer. Plus, mark your calendars on August 15th for the Third Annual Surf Film Festival, themed “Women of the Seven Seas.”