A New York summer is best served sizzling, but one doesn’t need a three hour escape to The Hamptons in order to cool off by the beach. Here are our top five favorite beaches in and around New York City.
Home to Luna Park, the mermaid parade, frozen custard and an annual hot dog eating contest, Brooklyn’s Coney Island seemingly has it all. The hotspot is perfect for sight-seeing, dining, and—of course—taking a refreshing dip. Catching the B train from Midtown will have you there in a New York Minute (or 45, to be more accurate).
Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk; Brooklyn
Known for sun, sand and a hardcore surf scene, Queens’s Rockaway Beach has soared in popularity in recent years. Restaurants, food-trucks and pop-up eateries and concerts line the boardwalk—bringing the best of the city’s boutique culture to the waterfront.
Rockaway Beach; Queens
It’s often said that you don’t need to leave New York to see the world, and Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach transports you a little closer to Eastern Europe. Nestled right next to “Little Odessa,” Brighton Beach is an exciting enclave of accordion players, sunbathers and market-goers.
Brighton Beach; Brooklyn
Named after the acclaimed New York City journalist and photographer, Queens’s Jacob Riis Park is rich in history and architecture. The fortress-like Art Deco bathhouse is a neighborhood landmark and an absolute must-see for those visiting the area.
The People’s Beach at Jacob Riis Park; Queens
Considered New York’s newest beach, Cedar Grove Beach is located in Staten Island’s Great Kills Park. It’s cute, quaint, quiet, the perfect getaway from Manhattan—and a great excuse to check out Staten Island. Full disclosure: NYC Parks says the beach is under advisory, swimming and wading are not recommended.
Cedar Grove Beach; Staten Island