The 5 Best Beaches In New York City CBS New York

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Everybodys heard of Coney Island. The most famous beach in New York trills and thrums with energy, even during winter. Here you can lay out, swim, ride a roller coaster, cheer the Brooklyn Cyclones, eat a hotdog at Nathans Famous, visit the citys main aquarium, go to a concert, or simply watch the parade of people moving up and down the boardwalk, seeing and being seen, as theyve done for decade after decade.

All the beaches in New York have sun, sand, and waves, but only Rockaway Beach, in Queens, has surfing. When you tire of hanging ten, follow the smells along the boardwalk to what just might be the citys best concession stands, including Rippers and Tacoway Beach,a new creation from the owners of the now shuttered Rockaway Taco. You can get there via car, subway or byferry.

We have Robert Moses to thank for this one. As parks commissioner, he widened several city beaches, and had Orchard Beach more or less built using sand from beaches in Queens and New Jersey, a project that cost $8 million. Upon opening in 1936, it was nicknamed the Riviera of New York, and 50,000 people arrived the first weekend. Many improvements in the late 1990s and 2000s including new playgrounds and facilities have restored this beach to its former glory.

Aside from being the only beach on this list to have partially inspired a Neil Simon play, Brighton Beach will make you think youve left Brooklyn and landed in Ukraine. Known as Little Odessa, Brighton Beach has restaurants and stores specializing in vodka, black bread, plump dumplings, and jams, among other delicacies. Unlike its next-door neighbor Coney Island, Brighton Beach tends to be quieter and to attract more locals. Say privet (hello in Russian) and dont be shy about making yourself at home.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach might be named for an important 20th-Century figure, but the beach itself has been around for a long while. The Dutch hung out here in the 1660s, and in the late 1880s the area became a popular resort, complete with music halls and shooting galleries. FDRs Work Progress Administration gave it still another boost in the 1930s. In addition to playgrounds, bocce courts, and playing fields, today the beach has launching sites for canoes and kayaks, and 2.5 or so miles of pure sand.

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