Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City

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Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City

Volleyball at Water Taxi Beach
Text and photos by Laurel Angrist

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 Beach

Beach Rules - Water Taxi Beach

Admission - Water Taxi Beach

Music - Water Taxi Beach

Check the Water Taxi Beach web site for details.

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Directions to Water Taxi Beach

Water Taxi Beach View
Text and photos by Laurel Angrist

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 Beach

By Water Taxi

By Car to Water Taxi Beach

Queens Midtown Tunnel

The New York Water Taxi parking lot is across the street. Enter the driveway. Parking is $4-$5.

By Subway

7 Subway to Vernon/Jackson

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.

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Beach Kids at Water Taxi Beach

Beach kids
Text and photos by Laurel Angrist

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.

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Water Taxi Beach Bar

Seaside Bar at Water Taxi Beach
Text and photos by Laurel Angrist

Harry's at Water Taxi Beach serves beer, mixed drinks, sangria, and wine.

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East River Beachfront Picnic

Picnic at Water Taxi Beach
Text and photos by Laurel Angrist

Water Taxi Beach has dozens of picnic tables like these, although you can't bring your own food or drinks (except water).

06 of 07

The Water Taxi Shuttles Across the East River

Water-Taxi It to the Beach
Text and photos by Laurel Angrist

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.

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Fourth of July at Water Taxi Beach

Manhattan Views on the East River
Text and photos by Laurel Angrist

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.

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