Jacob Riis Park

I didn’t think it was possible but I discovered a new beach this Summer in New York; Jacob Riis Park.  If you’re familiar with Rockaway Beach, Jacob Riis is on the West side of the isle.  Rockaway Beach is my favorite in New York because there’s easy subway access (the A train goes directly to Rockaway), good food options and surfing.  Read more about Rockaway Beach here.  I didn’t think I could love a beach more than Rockaway but Jacob Riis is becoming very close.  To get to Jacob Riis, I found 3 options:  1) Driving which in my opinion is the best option and there’s a parking lot!; 2) Take the 2/3 subway to Flatbush Avenue, then take the Q35 bus to Marine Pkwy; and 3) The Rockaway beach bus picks up in Manhattan and Brooklyn and drops off in Rockaway and Jacob Riis.  There’s even AC and a bathroom on board.

I’ve been to Jacob Riis three times this Summer and every time I go, there’s something new to discover.  I love it so much I wanted to share it with all of you.  The Summer might be over but September is my favorite month to head to the beach.  The beaches are always less crowded and not as humid.  There’s great food options at the Beach Bazaar.  I’ve sampled vegan falafels, shaved ice, kebabs, and tacos so far.  The last time I was there, I saw Rockaway! Presented by MoMA PS1; an outdoor art installation by artist Katharina Grosse.  It was just cool to see art on the beach and the best thing is that it’s free!

My friends (who don’t live in the city) make fun of me because I think Jacob Riis and Rockaway Beach are the bomb dot com.  If you don’t live in New York City, you won’t appreciate our beaches because your beaches are probably not as crowded, have sprawling patches of sand, and probably more serene.  When you live in a concrete jungle like New York, it’s nice to at least have sand between your toes, hear waves crashing, and have salty skin for the day.  I appreciate Jacob Riis for what it is, a short reprieve from city life.