Sand and the City
by Erin O'Hara, 06/13/2012
Memorial Day marks the official beginning of a season full of barbecues, beer and, of course, beaches. The sand is the best place to celebrate the impending summer solstice, and since New York City has almost 600 miles of coastline, you don't need to get on a plane or even cross state lines to enjoy the cool ocean (or bay) breeze. Everyone knows and loves Brooklyn's Coney Island, but it's not the only beach worth visiting—just the quirkiest. Each of NYC's beaches has its own personality. Rockaway Beach in Queens is a surfer's paradise, boasting the only two surf beaches in the City, while Staten Island's Midland Beach and South Beach are geared toward families, and Wolfe's Pond Park is a sweet retreat for nature lovers. Orchard Beach in the Bronx offers scenic views of City Island from its shore. And The Beach@Governors Island and Manhattan's Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club are fun alternatives, where the food, drinks and concerts galore more than make up for the lack of swimming.