Sunday, May 31, 2009

Life's A Beach

So you are dying a slow death in this concrete jungle, and the daily grind is getting to your head. Usually a break from reality means breaking the bank. You wish you could sink your toes in the beaches of the Hamptons or Martha's Vineyard, but you don't have a trust fund to rent a summer place. Well head over to Queens to the Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City, for some R&R. Although it does not cut it for a beach vacation it is a quick fix for your summer pleasures. Just one subway stop from Manhattan is a beach oasis, free of charge for city dwellers to unwind at. This 20,000 square foot beach is open until Columbus Day for everyone to enjoy. You can choose to sun yourself, or join in on a pick up volleyball game. There are constant events happening here from children's activities to a Friday Chicken Dinner. Although swimming in the East River is generally frowned upon, cool yourself down by the misters that line the beach's perimeter after your activites. Like your favorite beach club, there are snack bars for you to replenish your energy and quench your thirst at great price. A healthy turkey hot dog only costs $2. Sick of the bar scene at nights? Head over for the beach party, where all your favorite beverages are served for you to drink as you listen to local DJs spin the latest hits, and tunes of the past. Now enjoy this small paradise and don't forget to put on some sunscreen. Go ahead and tell your friends and family your glow is from your quick trip to the cape.

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