This past weekend, I made the trip to Rockaway Park, Queens with some friends. It took a while to get there on the subway, but when we stepped off the train I no longer felt like I was in New York City. There were lots of little shops and places to eat (we had amazing pizza), and the smell of the sea was refreshing–Manhattan isn’t the loveliest smelling place in the summertime.
We went to Fort Tilden, a beachfront state park near Breezy Point, since some friends were playing in a rugby tournament. We missed the game, but had great company to enjoy the sand and sunshine. The beach was absolutely beautiful and clean, though it was a little too breezy to go swimming.
Places like these are why I absolutely love New York. The city has so many wonderful spots, and it’s just amazing to me that such a beautiful beach can be found in the city. As someone who grew up down the street from the ocean, New York can feel claustrophobic at times. Of course I love the hustle and bustle of city life, but every once in a while its wonderful to go someplace where I can breathe.