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Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City
Summer Yourself on the East River's Coolest Urban Beach
Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City IS CLOSED.
Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City can give you a little "staycation" that your wallet craves, without a trip to the Hampton or Long Beach. The perfect summer getaway exists right here in Long Island City at Water Taxi Beach, where locals of all ages can unwind and wriggle their toes in the sand without actually leaving the city.
- Directions to Water Taxi Beach
The beach was the pet project of the entrepreneurs and open-space activists at New York Water Taxi, who shipped in more than 400 tons of white Jersey beach sand to build the park in 2005. All summer long, Water Taxi Beach is full of sunbathers, sand castles, and beach volleyball games. At night, there's music, dance parties, and entertainment for the 21-and-over crowd.
Hours - Water Taxi BeachOfficially open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day.
Beach Rules - Water Taxi BeachNo dogs. No coolers. No swimming. No kidding.
Admission - Water Taxi BeachFriday nights from 8 p.m. on is $10 for Turntables on The Hudson. Saturday daytime all season is no charge. Saturday nights for The Beach Party is $5; all other Saturday nights are free. Sundays in July/August are always free. Other Sundays there may be a door charge; check the Water Taxi Beach web site for details.
Music - Water Taxi BeachCheck the Water Taxi Beach web site for details.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
02 of 07
Directions to Water Taxi Beach
It can be a little tricky to find the Water Taxi Beach. A map will get you to the area, but it's not exact. So will walking toward the Manhattan skyline, but make sure to review these directions for your first visit.
Map to Water Taxi Beach2 Borden Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101 [Google Maps]
By Water TaxiBoats leave regularly from piers along the East River in Manhattan and Brooklyn to Water Taxi Beach (Hunters Point). Check the New York Water Taxi website for schedules and fares (see "Hop-on/Hop-off" weekend times and East River weekday schedules).
By Car to Water Taxi BeachFrom the Queens Midtown Tunnel, take the Borden Ave/Pulaski Bridge Exit, then turn right onto Borden Ave. Drive to Borden Ave. and Second St., where you'll find the Waterfront Crab House at 2-03 Borden Ave, Long Island City.
The New York Water Taxi parking lot is across the street. Enter the driveway. Parking is $4-$5.
By Subway7 Subway to Vernon/Jackson
Walk southwest on Jackson Ave. toward the Manhattan skyline. When you get near the Midtown Tunnel, follow the signs for 495 West until you reach 51st Ave. Turn right on 51st Ave. and walk to 2nd St. Turn left on 2nd St. and walk past the Crab House. Turn right into the New York Water Taxi driveway.
G Subway to 21st St/Jackson Ave
Exit on Jackson Ave. Look for the Manhattan skyline; walk southwest on Jackson Ave. toward Manhattan, then follow the above directions.
E, V Subway to 23rd St/Ely Ave
When you exit, you're near the Citicorp Building. Walk on 23rd St. to Jackson Ave. Walk southwest on Jackson Ave. toward the Manhattan skyline, and follow the above directions.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
03 of 07
Beach Kids at Water Taxi Beach
The beach has a relaxed, family-friendly vibe, with picnic tables, healthy (and not-so-healthy) snacks, and a 60-by-40-foot tent for shade.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
04 of 07
Water Taxi Beach Bar
Harry's at Water Taxi Beach serves beer, mixed drinks, sangria, and wine.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
East River Beachfront Picnic
Water Taxi Beach has dozens of picnic tables like these, although you can't bring your own food or drinks (except water).Continue to 6 of 7 below.
06 of 07
The Water Taxi Shuttles Across the East River
Sick of the subway? Take the scenic route: Hop on the water taxi and get off directly at the beach (Hunters Point stop). Boats leave regularly from piers along the East River in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Check the NY Water Taxi website for schedules and service notices.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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Fourth of July at Water Taxi Beach
The spectacular view from the East River makes Water Taxi Beach an ideal spot to watch the fireworks on July 4th. Entry fee on that day is $25, and advanced tickets are strongly recommended.