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The Daily Plant : Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Which Way To The Beach?

Photo by Daniel Avila

Over the three-day Memorial Day Weekend, more than 228,000 New Yorkers visited the City’s beaches, with 100,450 New Yorkers visiting the City’s beaches on Monday.

City beaches span a total of 14 miles and include Orchard Beach in the Bronx; Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn; Rockaway Beach in Queens; and Midland Beach, South Beach, and Wolfe’s Pond Beach in Staten Island. All City beaches are free to the public.

At Brooklyn’s Coney Island, Beach Associates will lead beach-goers in fitness programs including beach aerobics, volleyball clinics, yoga classes and walking sessions. Upcoming events include the Amateur Beach Volleyball Tournament from July 12 – 13, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament from July 18 – 20 and the Sand Sculpture Competition on July 26. The boardwalk will be brightly decorated with trash cans painted with seascapes and carnival themes from the “Boardwalk Barrels of Fun” contest. At the conclusion of the season on Labor Day, Parks will restore the Boardwalk between West 12th Street and West 15th Street, using alternatives to tropical hardwoods, thanks to about $5 million from Mayor Bloomberg.

At the Bronx’s Orchard Beach, this season’s highlights include a new Saturday morning Fitness Program, “O.B.Fit!,” starting June 7 and featuring Yoga for Seniors, Total Body Workout, and Fit Camp. In addition, two children’s performances will take place at the lawn south of Pelican Playground at Orchard Beach at 11 a.m. on July 18 and July 25. Sunday afternoon concerts will give all beach visitors a chance to hear live music from all around the globe.

Queens beach-goers can expect to see a lot of improvements at the Rockaways. Borough President Helen Marshall funded $650,000 to add accessibility ramps at Beach 102nd Street and Beach 24th Street. Council Member Joseph Addabbo allocated $500,000 to improve the boardwalk. Also, as part of the Mayor’s PlaNYC, more than $30 million is secured for work on improving park space, adding a permanent performance spot and multi-use playing fields between Far Rockaway’s Beach 9th Street and Beach 32nd Street.

In keeping with Parks’ commitment to make the sand and surf accessible to all New Yorkers, Parks has also installed mobi-mats on the sand to provide beach access to elderly and disabled individuals. The beach mats are located at Rockaway Beach at 116th Street, at Coney Island at Stillwell Avenue and at Brighton 2nd Street, at Orchard Beach, and at Midland Beach at Jefferson Avenue and Father Cappodano Boulevard. Additional mats will be installed by July at Beach 17th Street at Rockaway Beach and at Manhattan Beach.

The Health Department performs regular testing of the City’s beach water and inspects beaches to ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations that affect recreational swimming safety. Water quality test results will be posted online at and updated regularly throughout the summer. The Health Department will issue beach advisories and closures as necessary. This information will also be available online or by calling 311.

For additional information on beach happenings this summer, please visit or call 311.


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Billy Wilder
(1906 – 2002)

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NYC beach season has been extended through September 13. After Labor Day, beaches will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. At Rockaway Beach, the following locations will remain open for swimming: Beach 15 to Beach 18; Beach 29 and Beach 30; Beach 58 and Beach 59; Beach 77 and Beach 78; Beach 84 and Beach 85; Beach 96 through Beach 98; Beach 104 through Beach 106; Beach 115 through Beach 120; Beach 126 through Beach 131; and, Beach 136 through Beach 143. We may adjust swimming beaches on a daily basis due to site and surf conditions, so please observe all posted signs and flags and swim only where a lifeguard is present.

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