NYC Area Beaches

Most people wouldn’t think of New York City as a beach city, but sitting right on the Atlantic with natural environments nearer than most would think, it does have some awesome beaches with easy access by subway or bus. Water quality conditions are analyzed on a regular basis and reported online so you can pick and choose what’s a good fit for you on any given day.

Jones Beach is a family favorite. Yesterday we took the cousins and stayed the day. We bring boogie boards, rashguard shirts, sunscreen, an umbrella, lunch and enjoy the sand and waves for as long as we can.

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Cooling off in New York City

Cooling off in New York City

Look out New York City – the temperatures are climbing!  We’re looking at 90°+ degree weather this week and you’re gonna want to keep cool.
Here are some of your options…
Head to NYC Parks summer outdoor pools. There are over 50 free public pools across the boroughs, so there is bound to be one in your neighborhood. The majority of the pools are 3-4 ft deep so even if you can’t swim you can stand and stay cool.  Outdoor pool hours are from 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m., with a break for pool cleaning between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. This page on nycgovparks gives you full the run-down on what you need to know about going to a public pool from what to wear, what to bring and what not to bring.

Jones Beach is a family favorite with miles of sandy beaches.  Even if you don’t have a car you can get to the beach through the LIRR and a shuttle

Jacob Riis Park Beach
in The Rockaways is about a 30 minute subway ride from Manhattan and is kept relatively clean, thanks to the National Park Service. Did you know its NYC surfer’s beach?

Great Kills Park in Staten Island is a little less well known so the beaches are less crowded and more private. The MTA will get you there, via the Staten Island Ferry.
When the heat index is predicted to be dangerously high, New York City opens cooling centers in air-conditioned public community centers, senior centers, and public libraries to offer people relief from the heat.  Individuals who have no ready access to a cool environment, and particularly those at risk for heat-related illness, should use the cooling centers during a heat wave. You can call 311 for the location near you or click here.