Gateway National Recreation Area

Jacob Riis Park

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Breezy Point, Rockaway Park
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  • Tim H.
    "NYC Beach Bus offers cheap round trips from Williamsburg."(4 Tips)
    Lauren L.
    "It picks up passengers in Williamsburg & at Barclays Center."(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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  • Kelly K.
    Kelly K.September 24
    Great waves & feel like a clean beach.
  • Kelly K.
    Kelly K.September 24
    Bring bug spray! Everyone on the beach was shooing flies away.
  • crystal c.
    crystal combsAugust 22
    Great beach to bring kids
  • Justin C.
    Was much better than expected. Big clean beach. Good food and drink selections. Great times
  • Mike J.
    Favorite NYC beach. Clean, not overly crowded, good food options nearby.
  • Justin F.
    Justin FerrantiSeptember 27, 2016
    Best free local beach to Manhattan. Turns a bit gay & topless at the north end of the beach
  • Margarita R.
    Margarita RodriguezSeptember 8, 2016
    Everything you meet ppl that are local n their others that are friendly
  • JM P.
    JM ParveauxSeptember 7, 2016
    Once there, head West towards Fort Tilden area for a quieter spot
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDAugust 28, 2016
    Perfect beach to help kill the weekend
  • Matthew F.
    Matthew FergusonAugust 27, 2016
    Very gay place in the summertime. Beautiful beach!
  • Walter F.
    Walter FordeAugust 21, 2016
    Would not go back there. Pay 10.00 to park, then walk 2 blocks to beach. NO WAY
  • Brooke C.
    Brooke Cerda GuzmànAugust 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    WATCH OUT FOR THEM ANGY FLYES IN THE LADIES' ROOM . . THEY BITE HARD .
  • 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!!
  • Michele H.
    Michele HughesJuly 26, 2016
    You can go topless and work on no tan lines here
  • Michele H.
    Michele HughesJuly 26, 2016
    Early morning is so peaceful
  • Mike N.
    Mike NickersonJuly 21, 2016
    NYC's best beach
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SolorzanoJuly 14, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Used to be the best beach, clean and quiet until the hipsters came. Ugh.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Yifan H.
    Yifan HuJune 24, 2016
    Restrooms, lifeguards, beautiful sea and beaches.
  • 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.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MasefieldJune 2, 2016
    What's with all the litter? Sigh.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CMay 31, 2016
    Decent beach with lots of food options. Get there in the morning for a better spot. NYC Beach Bus is a great travel option for the 21+ young adult crowd.
  • ✨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
  • Jake S.
    Jake SimmsSeptember 6, 2015
    Love this place, but if you aren't lugging a bunch of stuff and have food, move north to ft tildon
  • 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.
  • New York D.
    New York Dog NannyAugust 19, 2015
    Cleanest waters.
  • Anna A.
    Anna AbeliansAugust 14, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    beach. surf.
  • Anna A.
    Anna AbeliansJuly 31, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Get there before the hipsters do. geez
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughJuly 9, 2015
    Great beach. Plenty of room even on a busy day.
  • 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/
  • Pixie D.
    Pixie DeeJanuary 29, 2015
    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)🌟
  • Racky R.
    Racky RossOctober 17, 2014
    Interesting social panorama:-)
  • 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
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn Chatmon-BusbyAugust 16, 2014
    Beach fun with the kiddies
  • ImSo_Brooklyn
    ImSo_BrooklynAugust 10, 2014
    Very spacious. Nice and quiet and not too many "ratchet" ppl!
  • ImSo_Brooklyn
    ImSo_BrooklynAugust 10, 2014
    The park is cool!
  • Hesh M.
    Hesh MeisterJune 30, 2014
    Filthiest beach in the tristate area.
  • Kimbert S.
    Kimbert SylvMarch 1, 2014
    Come on summer I'm ready for my beach days
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KimSeptember 28, 2013
    Family Surrey ride
  • 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!
  • Dante S.
    Dante SchulzAugust 23, 2013
    Really nice place to relax in the sun.
  • Blase S.
    Blase SylvesterAugust 18, 2013
    Riis beach sun was beautiful.
  • Brian R.
    Brian RobinsonAugust 17, 2013
    Pretty good friends barbecue
  • Brian T.
    Brian TafelAugust 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Finally, great food trucks!
  • Roy H.
    Roy HarrellAugust 10, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    "topless" actually means fully nude ;-)
  • Roy H.
    Roy HarrellAugust 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Not for the prude ;-)
  • Catherine R.
    Catherine RitortoJuly 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I start working here Sat and sun.... Renting bikes and kayaks come down and c me :-)
  • Riqi V.
    Riqi VelezJuly 18, 2013
    It was peaceful until 12:30
  • Natalie C.
    Natalie ChoJuly 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    There is way, way more nudity during the week than on weekends.
  • Dana V.
    Dana VillaruelJuly 15, 2013
    Dirty, dirty and dirty. At your own risk
  • Tatiana
    TatianaJuly 15, 2013
    Cool place !
  • Alessandra A.
    Alessandra AlbiniJuly 14, 2013
    Great beach, very clean!
  • Marlon S.
    Marlon SantosJuly 8, 2013
    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.
  • Priscilla C.
    Priscilla CamachoJuly 7, 2013
    Too many rocks and shells
  • Dominick C.
    The southern beach has too many kids. The northern beach; to the left of the main structure is the gay friendly beach.
  • Alicia L.
    Alicia LegallJune 22, 2013
    Livelifetodifullest!
  • Alicia L.
    Alicia LegallJune 22, 2013
    Love this place
  • Ivan R.
    Ivan RosasJune 20, 2013
    Why the fuck did you bring a child to the gay nude section????
  • Sasha B.
    Sasha BJune 15, 2013
    Who knew this was a National Park...
  • Karilynn
    KarilynnSeptember 1, 2012
    Beach is better than Far Rockaway there is one is on top another
  • 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 .
  • 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
  • Rong Z.
    Rong ZhangAugust 1, 2012
    And by the way, I lost all my photos there because of the iPhone!
  • 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
  • Ginger
    GingerJuly 7, 2012
    Is there a nude section?
  • Randy F.
    Randy FernandezJuly 7, 2012
    Nude beach!!!
  • 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 !!!!
  • 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
  • sharon l.
    sharon lehnerNovember 13, 2011
    Took the dogs for an awsome walk on the beach today
  • Tania G.
    Tania GarciaNovember 3, 2011
    Fun beach, gay friendly :)
  • Harry S.
    Harry SSeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Lol - you got it!
  • David Q.
    David QuinonesSeptember 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Enjoy the Beach Harry, I'll be the Mayor again next year :p
  • cynthia w.
    cynthia wangAugust 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    top optional!
  • Elise M.
    Elise MyersAugust 13, 2011
    Go topless!
  • Sashul'ka
    Sashul'kaJuly 23, 2011
    Water is very dirty and beach is over crowded!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • cc
    ccJune 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Gay friendly beach, especially at Bay 1!
  • William K.
    William KaneAugust 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Hang out by the abandoned hursing home (brick building).
  • L. A. N.
    L. A. NolanAugust 16, 2010
    Take the back blocks through Woodmere and Inwood, etc, to avoid the tolls :-)
  • Gaudiness
    GaudinessAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Always amazing ❤️
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