Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City

  • 01 of 07

    Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City

    Volleyball at Water Taxi Beach
    ••• Summer Yourself on the East River's Coolest Urban Beach Pickup beach volleyball games take place all day long at Water Taxi Beach. It's not unusual to find barefoot people in business attire among the players. 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
    This 22,000-square-foot oasis on Long Island City's East River waterfront has stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, a great little beachside grill serving tasty burgers and snacks, and a huge open tent for shade.

    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,...MORE there's music, dance parties, and entertainment for the 21-and-over crowd.

    Hours - Water Taxi Beach

    Officially open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day.

    Beach Rules - Water Taxi Beach

    No dogs. No coolers. No swimming. No kidding.

    Admission - Water Taxi Beach

    Friday 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 Beach

    Check the Water Taxi Beach web site for details.
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  • 02 of 07

    Directions to Water Taxi Beach

    Water Taxi Beach View
    ••• Make Your Way to the East River 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

    2 Borden Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101 [Google Maps]

    By Water Taxi

    Boats 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 Beach

    From 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 Subway

    7 Subway to Vernon/Jackson
    Walk southwest on Jackson Ave. toward the...MORE 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.

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  • 03 of 07

    Beach Kids at Water Taxi Beach

    Beach kids
    ••• 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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  • 04 of 07

    Water Taxi Beach Bar

    Seaside Bar at Water Taxi Beach
    ••• 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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  • 05 of 07

    East River Beachfront Picnic

    Picnic at Water Taxi Beach
    ••• 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).

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  • 06 of 07

    The Water Taxi Shuttles Across the East River

    Water-Taxi It to the Beach
    ••• Water Taxi 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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  • 07 of 07

    Fourth of July at Water Taxi Beach

    Manhattan Views on the East River
    ••• Manhattan Views from Water Taxi Beach. 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.