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Water Taxi Beaches

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Published May 26th 2010
From Long Island City to South Street Seaport to Governor's Island, you can don your swimsuit, hit the sand and get some sun at Water Taxi Beach.

While the man-made beaches don't offer much in the way of swimming, there's some fun in the sun to be had at all. Here's a look at what the three distinct spots have to offer, which are all accessible by, for the most part, water taxi.

Long Island City
54-34 2nd Street

How to get there: Four-minute Water Taxi ride from midtown Manhattan, free from East 35th Street in Manhattan every Friday and Saturday night form 8 pm-2 am; 7 train to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Avenue or E train to 23rd Street/Ely Avenue
View: Midtown Manhattan skyline
Activities: Volleyball, sunbathing, dancing
To eat: Motz burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, chicken, ribs, seafood and more
To drink: Cocktails, summery beers, sangria
Special events: DJ every Sunday in the afternoon till late
Open: Now through October 2010, daily

South Street Seaport
89 South St @ Pier 17 North

How to get there: Water taxi to Pier 11; 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, M, Z lines to Fulton Street/Broadway Nassau
View: Brooklyn Bridge
Activities: Ping pong, nautically themed miniature golf, sunbathing, dancing
To eat: Fish tacos, jumbo wings, hot dogs, beer batter fish and chips, Motz burgers, raw seafood bar on weekends, watermelon, ice cream, and more
To drink: Cocktails, summery beers, sangria
Special events: DJs most Wednesdays and Thursdays in the afternoon till late
Open: Now through October 3, 2010, daily

Governor's Island

How to get there: Free ferry from Manhattan's Battery Maritime Building and Brooklyn Bridge Park
View: Lower Manhattan
Activities: Sunbathing, volleyball, basketball, dancing
To eat: Hot dogs, Motz burger, kielbasa, pork spareribs, fries, roasted corn, watermelon, ice cream, and more
To drink: Beer and wine
Special events: Live music at outdoor venue The Beach
Open: June 5, 2010 through October 31, 2010, Friday-Sunday
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Why? Just because you can't swim at the beach, doesn't mean you can't party
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