Gateway National Recreation Area

Jacob Riis Park

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  • Lauren L.
    "You can take NYC Beach Bus to & from Riis."(4 Tips)
    Jeffrey Z.
    "cheap R/T fares from Williamsburg."(3 Tips)
    cc
    "Gay friendly beach, especially at Bay 1!"(2 Tips)
    JM P.
    "Once there, head West towards Fort Tilden area for a quieter spot"(2 Tips)
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  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LaCapraMay 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    You can take NYC Beach Bus to & from Riis. (Public transit takes forever!) It picks up passengers in Williamsburg & at Barclays Center. $14 roundtrip or $10 one-way. http://www.nycbeachbus.com/more/
  • Justin C.
    Justin Canetti2 weeks ago
    Was much better than expected. Big clean beach. Good food and drink selections. Great times
  • Harry S.
    Harry SSeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Lol - you got it!
  • Roy H.
    Roy HarrellAugust 30, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Gay boys: the constant wearing of boxer briefs or any other underwear not meant to be worn in water is overtly wack &cheap! Pls invest in a pair of trunks, briefs or shorts that are meant 4 water!
  • Brooke C.
    Brooke Cerda GuzmānJuly 4, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    FOR MORE THAN 100 YEARS THIS HAS BEEN A "GAY HEAVEN" --I'VE BEEN COMING FOR 17 SUMMERS. IT ONLY GETS BETTER, AND GAYER. - - THE SAFEST BEACH FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY AND THE MOST FUN. KEEP IT CLEAN !!!!
  • L. A. N.
    L. A. NolanAugust 16, 2010
    Take the back blocks through Woodmere and Inwood, etc, to avoid the tolls :-)
  • Sashul'ka
    Sashul'kaJuly 23, 2011
    Water is very dirty and beach is over crowded!
  • Blase S.
    Blase SylvesterAugust 18, 2013
    Riis beach sun was beautiful.
  • New York D.
    New York Dog NannyAugust 19, 2015
    Cleanest waters.
  • Brooke C.
    Brooke Cerda GuzmànAugust 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    WATCH OUT FOR THEM ANGY FLYES IN THE LADIES' ROOM . . THEY BITE HARD .
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KimSeptember 28, 2013
    Family Surrey ride
  • Kimbert S.
    Kimbert SylvMarch 1, 2014
    Come on summer I'm ready for my beach days
  • Brian M.
    Brian MasefieldJune 2, 2016
    What's with all the litter? Sigh.
  • Anna A.
    Anna AbeliansJuly 31, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Get there before the hipsters do. geez
  • Tania G.
    Tania GarciaNovember 3, 2011
    Fun beach, gay friendly :)
  • Elise M.
    Elise MyersAugust 13, 2011
    Go topless!
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughJuly 9, 2015
    Great beach. Plenty of room even on a busy day.
  • Brooke C.
    Brooke Cerda GuzmānJuly 8, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    COPS HAVE BEEN OPENING PEOPLE'S COOLERS TO GIVE THEM TICKETS. WE NEED THE FENCE BACK UP. WE NEED TO VIDEO TAPE WHAT POLICE DO WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS - 10 COPS AT THE MOST PEACEFUL BEACH ?? WTF
  • Alicia L.
    Alicia LegallJune 22, 2013
    Love this place
  • Gilbert W.
    Gilbert WongJuly 29, 2016
    Get there early during the week, nearly empty! Pay $10 and park further in past the handball courts, that will put you near the food stand!!
  • Ivan R.
    Ivan RosasJune 20, 2013
    Why the fuck did you bring a child to the gay nude section????
  • Brian T.
    Brian TafelAugust 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Finally, great food trucks!
  • Brooke C.
    Brooke Cerda GuzmānAugust 11, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    BEWARE COPS HARASSING GAYS TO PLEASE THE WHITE TENANTS NEXT DOOR -- DON'T LET THEN CHECK YOUR COOLER
  • Humberto M.
    Humberto MartinezJuly 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Walk West a little bit to get to the Quieter and slightly cleaner Fort Tilden.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HettlerSeptember 1, 2015
    Avoid the usual beach crowds at this away-from-the-subway location. NYC Beach Bus offers cheap round trips from Williamsburg.
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanJuly 11, 2016
    Isolated, uncrowded beach with nude, nude gay, and trans sections. Impossible to reach by subway, but NYC Beach Bus has cheap R/T fares from Williamsburg.
  • Matthew F.
    Matthew FergusonAugust 27, 2016
    Very gay place in the summertime. Beautiful beach!
  • William K.
    William KaneAugust 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Hang out by the abandoned hursing home (brick building).
  • Margarita R.
    Margarita RodriguezSeptember 8, 2016
    Everything you meet ppl that are local n their others that are friendly
  • Brooke C.
    Brooke Cerda GuzmānAugust 11, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    SINCE HURRICANE IRENE DESTROYED THE FENCE AT 149th Street. BEWARE OF PATROL JEEPS DRIVING RECKLESSLY TROUGH THE SAND. THIS IS NO PLACE FOR CARS DO NOT LET THEM CHECK YOUR COOLER .
  • JM P.
    JM ParveauxSeptember 7, 2016
    Once there, head West towards Fort Tilden area for a quieter spot
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    there are bathrooms and usually a food truck with snacks and coffee in the main building and patio
  • Martha
    MarthaJuly 10, 2016
    massive beach.
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Jacob Riis Park is part of Gateway National Recreation Area, with history that dates back to 1912. Read more
  • Roy H.
    Roy HarrellAugust 10, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    "topless" actually means fully nude ;-)
  • ImSo_Brooklyn
    ImSo_BrooklynAugust 10, 2014
    Very spacious. Nice and quiet and not too many "ratchet" ppl!
  • ✨Kelsey✨
    ✨Kelsey✨October 29, 2015
    So peaceful to visit during the fall/winter months. Stop by Wild Feast for a hot cider drink before heading home
  • David Q.
    David QuinonesSeptember 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Enjoy the Beach Harry, I'll be the Mayor again next year :p
  • Walter F.
    Walter FordeAugust 21, 2016
    Would not go back there. Pay 10.00 to park, then walk 2 blocks to beach. NO WAY
  • Brownstone Living NYC
    Excellent park and beach. The surrounding communities are a great place to staycation for busy New Yorkers or the adventurous urban explorer. A delightful urban retreat with breathtaking views.
  • Michele H.
    Michele HughesJuly 26, 2016
    You can go topless and work on no tan lines here
  • Brooke C.
    Brooke Cerda GuzmānJune 30, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    BEHIND THE ABANDONED HOSPITAL IS THE GAYEST BEACH IN NYC !!! ..... LOTS OF HOT NAKED MEN AND TRANS EYE CANDY !!!! -------- >>>> DO NOT LET THEM SEE YOU WITH A BOTTLE OF LIQUOR !! POUR IT IN A CUP
  • Lee A.
    Lee AJanuary 9, 2012
    gay beach! love it
  • cc
    ccJune 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Gay friendly beach, especially at Bay 1!
  • Tatiana
    TatianaJuly 15, 2013
    Cool place !
  • Riqi V.
    Riqi VelezJuly 18, 2013
    It was peaceful until 12:30
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SolorzanoJuly 14, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Used to be the best beach, clean and quiet until the hipsters came. Ugh.
  • Dana V.
    Dana VillaruelJuly 15, 2013
    Dirty, dirty and dirty. At your own risk
  • Asher F.
    Asher FuscoJuly 4, 2011
    Not too crowded, devoid of any trash and fairly easy to reach by bus from Brooklyn: The perfect place to spend a sunny summer day.
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn Chatmon-BusbyAugust 16, 2014
    Beach fun with the kiddies
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