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Beach Daze


Sand and Surf

Ah, summer in New York. Temperatures rise, the subways get sticky, trash bags on the street emanate that special smell, and everyone starts looking for a better fan. Beat the heat—and the mysterious odors—by heading to the beach. Sea breeze and an ocean dip can refresh your week—as well as your outlook on life. While there’s no shortage of oceanfront in the tristate area, we recommend a trip to the Rockaways: a beautiful spot with plenty of history.

South of Brooklyn, you’ll find an idyllic narrow strip of land accessible by bus or car. A long stretch of beach near Jacob Riis Park offers plenty of space to lay out a towel, set up a picnic, open a beer, and begin working on your tan. The park itself, as well as the neighboring Fort Tilden, are certainly worth a midday exploration. If you’re a history buff, you’ll love checking out the former U.S. Army Coast Artillery Post. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Fort Tilden was used during the Cold War to protect New York with Nike Missiles.

If you get hungry, check out Rockaway Beach Surf Club (the tacos are supreme) or Thai Rock (if you’d rather pad thai). Discover this full list of activities to keep you satisfied all summer long, no matter the heat index.