“Urban beaches don’t have to be concrete slabs overlooking a river. Within two hours (okay, maybe three—#traffic) of Manhattan, you can find classic boardwalks, tiny seaside towns, and sandy beaches that’ll make you forget about the Caribbean, even if just for a moment. As you gear up for an extra-long 4th of July weekend, consider a beach escape to Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Long Island, or—gasp—New Jersey.”

The 11 Best Beaches Around NYC

11 Photos Urban beaches don’t have to be concrete slabs overlooking a river. Within two hours (okay, maybe three-#traffic) of Manhattan, you can find classic boardwalks, tiny seaside towns, and sandy beaches that’ll make you forget about the Caribbean, even if just for a moment.

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