The Beaches Are Open: NYC Beaches Open From Now till Labor Day

Manhattan Beach NYC Beaches
NYC Parks maintains 14 miles of beaches, all of which are open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. During beach season, lifeguards are on duty daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is prohibited when lifeguards are not on duty and in closed sections. Closed sections are marked with signs and/or red flags.
Brighton Beach
On Atlantic Ocean, from Ocean Parkway to Corbin Place, Brooklyn
 (718) 946-1350
This bustling and popular beach next door to Coney Island is popular all summer long, as individuals and families from all over the city come to enjoy the beach’s sand and water and to explore the surrounding neighborhood, known as “Little Odessa” for its Eastern European shops and restaurants.
Cedar Grove Beach
Ebbitts Street and Cedar Grove Avenue, Staten Island
 (718) 351-6387
The city’s newest beach is a converted oceanfront bungalow colony. This charming beach with its clear views of the Manhattan Bridge is smaller and somewhat more tranquil than its neighbors, Midland Beach and South Beach, and is popular with the area’s families.
Coney Island and Coney Island Boardwalk
On Atlantic Ocean, from W. 37th Street to Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn
 (718) 946-1350
Iconic Coney Island is bursting with activity throughout the summer and even during the off-season. Walk along the famous boardwalk, ride on amusement rides, enjoy swimming or sunbathing on its nearly three miles of sandy beaches, or check out the courts for beach volleyball, handball, and basketball. Too chilly out to swim? Check out the New York Aquarium, the Abe Stark Ice Skating Rink, or the MCU Park (formerly KeySpan Park) baseball stadium where you can see the Brooklyn Cyclones play ball.
Manhattan Beach
On Atlantic Ocean, Oriental Blvd., from Ocean Avenue to Mackenzie Street, Brooklyn 
(718) 946-1373
This small, family-friendly beach east of Brighton Beach attracts locals looking for a somewhat calmer beach than its neighbor. Visitors bring full picnic baskets and set up barbecues along the water.
Midland Beach and Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk
On Lower New York Bay, from Fort Wadsworth to Miller Field, Midland Beach, Staten Island 
(718) 987-0709
Beachgoers can sunbathe while taking in a lovely view of the Verazzano Bridge, bike through a scenic trail, jog along the boardwalk, kayak, play tennis, or fish off of the Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier, one of the city’s most popular. A park on the beach designed especially for seniors contains chess tables, benches, and bocce courts. The beach’s Fountain of Dolphins is a popular stop on any tour of the boardwalk.
Orchard Beach and Promenade
On Long Island Sound in Pelham Bay Park, Bronx 
(718) 885-2275
Orchard Beach, Bronx’s sole public beach, was proclaimed “The Riviera of New York” when it was created in the 1930s. The 115-acre, 1.1-mile-long beach contains a hexagonal-block promenade, a central pavilion, snack bars, food and souvenir carts, two playgrounds, two picnic areas, a large parking lot, and 26 courts for basketball, volleyball, and handball. Changing areas and showers are available.
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk
On Atlantic Ocean, from Beach 9th Street, Far Rockaway, to Beach 149th Street, Neponsit, Queens (718) 318-4000
From surfers to swimmers to the Ramones, everyone wants to “hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach.” Rockaway Beach is a year-round resource for residents all along the Rockaway peninsula, and it comes alive each summer from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend with millions of visitors.
Beach goers can enjoy the sand and water, the variety of concessions, and the city’s only legal surfing beach, located between 67-69 Street and 87-92 Street. Rockaway Beach is also home to a variety of playgrounds and other outdoor activities.
South Beach
On Lower New York Bay, from Fort Wadsworth to Miller Field, Midland Beach, Staten Island
Beachgoers can sunbathe while taking in a lovely view of the Verazzano Bridge, bike through a scenic trail, jog along the boardwalk, kayak, play tennis, or fish off of the Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier, one of the city’s most popular. A park on the beach designed especially for seniors contains chess tables, benches, and bocce courts. The beach’s Fountain of Dolphins is a popular stop on any tour of the boardwalk.
Wolfe’s Pond Beach
On Raritan Bay and Prince’s Bay, Holton to Cornelia Avenues, Staten Island 
(718) 984-8266
During beach season, lifeguards are on duty daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is prohibited when lifeguards are not on duty and in closed sections. Closed sections are marked with signs and/or red flags.
Please note that some of the above beaches have service charges.
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