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“There is such a demand in the New York City area to get to the beach, to get some respite,” Governor Cuomo said during his coronavirus briefing today. “It’s Memorial Day weekend, people want to get out of their homes.”

Needless to say, it won’t exactly be “sun’s out, buns out” when New Yorkers flock to the Rockaway peninsula this weekend. And given concerns about mass transit, that eternal Ramones lyric– “It’s not hard, not far to reach”– might be more ironic than ever.

If you do hitch a ride, know that New York City has closed Rockaway’s beaches to swimming, organized sports, and “gathering,” though the parks department has announced that “walking, running, exercising, and access to the sand and boardwalk are still permitted during regular park hours.” Visitors are…

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