Jacob Riis Park Beach

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Jacob Riis Park Beach
Photograph: William Lamson
Jacob Riis Park

If you need to escape the city scene, venture to this sandy spot, which is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. One tip: Bring your own food, since the concession stands aren't always open and there are few restaurants close by.

Venue name: Jacob Riis Park Beach
Address: Rockaway Beach Blvd
at Beach Channel Dr
Opening hours: Daily 9am–5pm; lifeguards on duty 10am–6pm Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend
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Carla S

The second the weather even approaches warm, I hop over to Jacob Riis for a day at the beach. If you have a car, it's easy-peasy to get there, but even if you don't, you can take the bus. (Or bike it if you're brave.) Not a scene at all, it's the greatest place to spend a low-key day on the sand with lots of other New Yorkers. It also doesn't get nearly as crowded as Rockaway.