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City Beaches

According to BIANCA BUCHANAN, a dental hygienist who has been going to various local beaches—often multiple times a week—every summer for the past 16 years.

→For a less crowded Rockaways experience, head east. The area around Beach 86th Street is constantly packed, and the high 60s are surfing-only beaches where it’s not safe to swim. So I tend to gravitate toward 1 the beaches in the low 60s. They’re chill and filled with local teenagers and families. There’s a sprinkling of hipster-y people but minimally. Street parking is fairly easy to come by, but you could also take the A to Beach 60th Street, then walk. If I

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