Gateway National Recreation Area

Jacob Riis Park

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1 Rockaway Beach Blvd. (at Beach 149th St.), Rockaway Park, NY 11694, United States
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    CANDOR
    "Gay friendly beach, especially at Bay 1!"(2 Tips)
    ImSo_Brooklyn
    "Nice and quiet and not too many "ratchet" ppl!"(5 Tips)
    Marlon S.
    "Relaxed attitude,beer friendly, and chill people."(2 Tips)
    Alessandra A.
    "Great beach, very clean!"(2 Tips)
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  • beach
  • biking
  • sunbathing
  • sunsets
  • quiet
  • picnics
  • barbecue
  • casual
  • surfing
  • beer
  • parking
  • tan
  • friendly staff
  • kayaks
  • food trucks
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  • Anna A.

    Get there before the hipsters do. geez

    Anna Abelians · 2 days ago
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  • Daniel M.

    Great beach. Plenty of room even on a busy day.

    Daniel McDonough · 3 weeks ago
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  • Lauren L.

    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/

    Lauren LaCapra · May 26
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  • Pixie D.

    A secret gem.🌅. This is our go-to beach.. 🌟It's a lot quieter if you head on over by the pitch & putt side. (Once you pay to get into the parking lot, go allllll the way to the left)🌟

    Pixie Dee · January 29
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  • Racky R.

    Interesting social panorama:-)

    Racky Ross · October 17, 2014
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  • Nate F.

    there are bathrooms and usually a food truck with snacks and coffee in the main building and patio

    Nate Folkert · August 30, 2014
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  • Shawn C.

    Beach fun with the kiddies

    Shawn Chatmon-Busby · August 16, 2014
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  • Gaudiness

    Always amazing ❤️

    Gaudiness · August 11, 2014
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  • ImSo_Brooklyn

    Very spacious. Nice and quiet and not too many "ratchet" ppl!

    ImSo_Brooklyn · August 10, 2014
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  • ImSo_Brooklyn

    The park is cool!

    ImSo_Brooklyn · August 10, 2014
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  • Hesh M.

    Filthiest beach in the tristate area.

    Hesh Meister · June 30, 2014
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  • Kimbert S.

    Come on summer I'm ready for my beach days

    Kimbert Sylv · March 1, 2014
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  • Ryan K.

    Family Surrey ride

    Ryan Kim · September 28, 2013
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  • Roy H.

    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!

    Roy Harrell · August 30, 2013
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  • Dante S.

    Really nice place to relax in the sun.

    Dante Schulz · August 23, 2013
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  • Blase S.

    Riis beach sun was beautiful.

    Blase Sylvester · August 18, 2013
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  • Brian R.

    Pretty good friends barbecue

    Brian Robinson · August 17, 2013
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  • Brian T.

    Finally, great food trucks!

    Brian Tafel · August 12, 2013
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  • Roy H.

    "topless" actually means fully nude ;-)

    Roy Harrell · August 10, 2013
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  • Roy H.

    Not for the prude ;-)

    Roy Harrell · August 5, 2013
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  • Catherine R.

    I start working here Sat and sun.... Renting bikes and kayaks come down and c me :-)

    Catherine Ritorto · July 28, 2013
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  • Riqi V.

    It was peaceful until 12:30

    Riqi Velez · July 18, 2013
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  • Natalie C.

    There is way, way more nudity during the week than on weekends.

    Natalie Cho · July 18, 2013
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  • Dana V.

    Dirty, dirty and dirty. At your own risk

    Dana Villaruel · July 15, 2013
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  • Tatiana

    Cool place !

    Tatiana · July 15, 2013
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  • Alessandra A.

    Great beach, very clean!

    Alessandra Albini · July 14, 2013
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  • Marlon S.

    This beach is different from rockaway. Relaxed attitude,beer friendly, and chill people. You don't get the ghetto trash that comes in from the a train.

    Marlon Santos · July 8, 2013
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  • Priscilla C.

    Too many rocks and shells

    Priscilla Camacho · July 7, 2013
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  • Dominick C.

    The southern beach has too many kids. The northern beach; to the left of the main structure is the gay friendly beach.

    Dominick Catena-Sommella · July 6, 2013
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  • Alicia L.

    Livelifetodifullest!

    Alicia Legall · June 22, 2013
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  • Alicia L.

    Love this place

    Alicia Legall · June 22, 2013
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  • Ivan R.

    Why the fuck did you bring a child to the gay nude section????

    Ivan Rosas · June 20, 2013
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  • Sasha B.

    Who knew this was a National Park...

    Sasha B · June 15, 2013
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  • Karilynn

    Beach is better than Far Rockaway there is one is on top another

    Karilynn · September 1, 2012
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  • Brooke C.

    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 .

    Brooke Cerda Guzmān · August 11, 2012
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  • Brooke C.

    BEWARE COPS HARASSING GAYS TO PLEASE THE WHITE TENANTS NEXT DOOR -- DON'T LET THEN CHECK YOUR COOLER

    Brooke Cerda Guzmān · August 11, 2012
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  • Rong Z.

    And by the way, I lost all my photos there because of the iPhone!

    Rong Zhang · August 1, 2012
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  • Rong Z.

    This is the most expensive beach I have ever been till now. Because I dropped my iPhone 4s into the sea! I have to pay for a new one after that beach trip! What a bad luck day it was!

    Rong Zhang · August 1, 2012
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  • Brooke C.

    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

    Brooke Cerda Guzmān · July 8, 2012
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  • Ginger

    Is there a nude section?

    Ginger · July 7, 2012
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  • Randy F.

    Nude beach!!!

    Randy Fernandez · July 7, 2012
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  • Brooke C.

    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 !!!!

    Brooke Cerda Guzmān · July 4, 2012
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  • Brooke C.

    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

    Brooke Cerda Guzmān · June 30, 2012
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  • Lee A.

    gay beach! love it

    Lee A · January 9, 2012
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  • sharon l.

    Took the dogs for an awsome walk on the beach today

    sharon lehner · November 13, 2011
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  • Tania G.

    Fun beach, gay friendly :)

    Tania Garcia · November 3, 2011
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  • Harry S.

    Lol - you got it!

    Harry S · September 22, 2011
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  • David Q.

    Enjoy the Beach Harry, I'll be the Mayor again next year :p

    David Quinones · September 19, 2011
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  • cynthia w.

    top optional!

    cynthia wang · August 30, 2011
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  • Elise M.

    Go topless!

    Elise Myers · August 13, 2011
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