As many of you are probably aware, in addition to its Rockland campus located in upstate New York, Nyack College has a New York City location in lower Manhattan. The Manhattan site is a commuter campus, so most of the students that attend it live in the New York City area. However, a lot of Rockland students are from the New York City area as well. Now that school is out they are back, and both Rockland and New York City students have the opportunity to enjoy all the city has to offer this summer. Besides, we live in one of the craziest, weirdest, coolest, most fascinating cities there is, so let’s explore it this summer with a series of Things to Do in New York City over the Summer.
First up on our list of things to do in New York City is the beach!
Orchard Beach in the Bronx, Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk in Queens, and Coney Island Beach and Brighton Beach, located right next to each other in Brooklyn are three of the most popular beaches in New York. However, there are numerous other beaches in the area, including some a little out of the New York range but still within traveling distance. Manhattan Beach which is located in Brooklyn (I don’t know where the name came from, either) is within walking distance from Brighton Beach and is more family friendly with plenty of places to play games and host barbecues. Robert Moses State Park in Long Island is a fancier beach with well-maintained facilities and a quiet atmosphere. Long Beach, also located off of Long Island, was named one of the cleanest beaches in New York and boasts an impressive array of food truck vendors aptly nicknamed Shoregasboard (a clever spin on Smorgasburg).
Over Memorial Day weekend, my mother and I visited Coney Island and Brighton Beach. It was scheduled to rain all day, but the rain stopped around noon even though the sky remained cloudy, so we figured we would go to Brooklyn, buy burgers at Nathan’s, and eat them on the beach. We didn’t take jackets or umbrellas, so if it rained, we were just going to have to get wet. Coney Island wasn’t as packed as it’s known to be over the summer, most likely due to the earlier weather, and we were able to get a burger and wings at Nathan’s on the boardwalk, then make the trek into the (surprisingly dry) sand that leads down to the beach. We took our shoes off and ate our late lunch watching the water and thanking God.
Those moments are of course due to God’s goodness, but also to the accessibility of the beaches nearby. You can get to most of these beaches by metro card, the LIRR, or by car of course. So spending a day at the beach is a breeze and only one of the many things to do in New York City. So, you have almost no excuses!