This summer I had planned on profiling the top beaches that are right here in the city. However, summer has quickly slipped by and with Labor Day less than two weeks away it is time to put the beach review in hyper drive. So if you are looking to soak up the sun as much as possible these last few days of summer you don’t have to travel far. Along with Coney Island here are a few of the top beaches in the city:
Brighton Beach ‘“ I’ve always loved the play Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon, so this location is near and dear to my heart. Enjoy a day of sun and make your own memories in this Little Russian beach community. Visit Cafe Glechik (3159 Coney Island Ave between Brighton Beach and Oceanview Aves)for authentic Russian cuisine. The family that owns the restaurant uses their Ukrainian grandmother’s recipes, and is known for its pelmeni dumplings.
Directions: Take the B or Q Train to Brighton Beach
Fire Island ‘“ Nestled in between the Great South Bay and Atlantic Ocean the Island has been a haven for generations of beach-goers. To experience what Fire Island is most infamous for, visit Ice Palace at the Grove Hotel where you can play bingo on Mondays with the drag queens.
Directions: Take the Montauk branch of the LIRR to Bay Shore, Sayvine or Patchogue. Then hop one of the ferry services ($12′“$17 round-trip, visit nps.gov/fiis for schedules) to the island.
Long Beach ‘“ Long Beach is typically packed with families, so you are best advised to arrive early in the day (around 10 AM). Want to avoid the touristy crowds? Visit The Inn (943 W Beech St at Tennessee Ave) and enjoy a Long Beach iced tea.
Directions: LIRR round-trip from Penn Station plus beach admission $19
Which is your favorite beach in the city?
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