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Gateway National Recreation Area, Rockaway, NY | Directions 1169440.572213 -73.862489
Lifeguard on duty weekdays 9am-6pm, weekends 9am-7pm
Riis Parky – Not far from Brooklyn's floydbennett feild where I used to grow my plants. From here you can see boats pass by...... Not a safe place to go late at night as drunkkkks from the belle harboe area border the area. Not far from board channel, the A train. This is an open park/field, so it's dangerous in lightning. You can occasionally grow crops here. This is very close to a beach. It is sort of a quiet place for southern Queen, more of a suburban type, that the urban side of Queens closer to Manhattan. This park is located in the alrgest boro, and you can see distant fireworks towards the east at night.
Towards the west you can see the Kingsboro college, and the verrixano bridge, and a few buildings of the manhattan skyline. A great place for dog walking as long as there no poopie on the grass so bring newspapers. Late at night there are weeeed smokers so be carefull.
You get what you pay for – This is closer than going all the way out to jones beach.Plus Jones beach is always crowded. It's a New York City Beach.What do you really expect. The beach is free to get in . Parking is $5 .If you want a quick trip to the beach for tanning or just to cool down then just make sure you have water shoes. The sand is not the cleanest ... when you first walk on the sand its clean then there is a section where the sand mixed with blended seashells (OUCH!) , then it clears up a little after that . Not by much. The sand by the water has a lot of broken and pretty seashells. Again you get what you pay for . This beach is FREE! so what can you say . There is a Ice Cream Truck that stays on the board walk area. The showers work .COLD WATER ONLY!!! BrRRRRR
A Mess – Poorly maintained, depressingly abandoned feeling in Ft. Tilden. Riis Park dirty, Bay Wall area dangerous never maintained. Who's watching the management? This place is a disgrace. It is a national park and the only activity is from local arts and sports groups. What goes on with the federal govt.? I see workers (people in uniforms) are there but what are they doing?
Hidden Gem of Beach in NY – This beach is a really nice one that most people overlook in NYC. Only about 15 miles from Brooklyn Heights, Riis park has nice sand and is much less crowded than the Long Island beaches.
Nice for a quick beach fix getaway, especially for the Brooklyn and Manhattan crew.
This mile of white-sand beach, its boardwalk and its outdoor clock have been NYC landmarks since the 1930s. – Overview
An eclectic mix of families, singles, senior citizens and boombox-bearing teens spend their summer days here on the southern tip of Queens overlooking New York Harbor. Yet Jacob Riis Park never seems as jampacked as other area beaches. Families tend to migrate toward the west end, while younger sunbathers frequent the east.
Features and Attractions
Besides the beach, you'll find plenty of space for basketball, handball and volleyball tournaments, plus a softball field that, when not filled by a local league or a pickup game, provides a terrific space for kite flying and frisbee throwing. From the Rockaway Point end, an easy walk will take you into Fort Tilden Natural Area, where the kids can climb around old Army forts and explore the nature displays at the Breezy Point Visitors Center.
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