(Closed) NYC Bees: What are your 4th of July plans?

posted 6 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Could you go to the Jersey Shore or something for the beach?  If we were going to the beach, we’d go to Long Beach (LI) but we were just there Sunday.  We’re probably just going to chill, make sangria, maybe spend the afternoon in Carl Schurz Park.  I don’t love fireworks, so we’ll skip those.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@hardtoconcentrate:  You can’t take NJ Transit to a beach for the day?  Sorry, I don’t usually do the Jersey Shore, but when we go to LI, we just take the train and it’s like 45 mins out there.

Going to the park with a cooler of cocktails sounds like a fun day to me! 

Time Out New York has a post on things to do in NYC for 4th of July:

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/4th-of-july-events-in-nyc

It would definitely be a fun day for Coney Island if you felt like making the trek πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

For future reference: here’s some info on beach packages from Hoboken to Long Branch, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Bradley Beach, and Belmar πŸ™‚

http://www.njtransit.com/var/var_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=SummerJSTo

Good luck and have a fun holiday!  I actually love being in the city over the major holidays because it’s less crowded! (I’ve lived here 7 years now)

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I go out to Rockaway beach and I think it’s perfectly nice for a beach day (though the town of Rockaway Park can be a little iffy).  We usually just take the A train out (which is a trek for me since I live in Washington Heights), but it’s super easy and it drops you near the boardwalk where there are tons of great food and drink options. 

For less of a city feel, Jacob Riis beach (also in the Rockaways) is a National Park and is pretty nice.  I’m sure it will be busy on July 4th because there are large picnic and bbq areas near the parking lot.  There is a ferry to Riis beach from Wall street – which would be pretty convenient for you coming from Hoboken. 

Coney Island is fun, but it’s a little crazy with the hot dog eating contest on July 4th. 

Last year I spent the day drinking at the 79th street boat basin, and watched the fireworks over the Hudson river from there.  It was lovely.  This year, I think we’re planning a picnic in Central Park with some friends. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you want to go to the beach for a day trip, I HIGHLY recommend Sandy Hook!  We just went again on Sunday – it is one of our favorite places!  I always feel like I’ve taken a vacation when I come back πŸ™‚  You are right, it is an hour and a half drive, BUT it is only a half an hour ferry ride from downtown Manhattan!  http://www.seastreak.com/sandyhook.aspx  The ferry ride is PRETTY, too!

Since we just went to the beach, we are prob going to have a chill day and go to a few BBQs.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@hardtoconcentrate:  Yay!  I love sharing the joy of Sandy Hook – it is just so pretty!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@hardtoconcentrate:  the main allure of the Rockaways is that you can get there by subway – so cheap and easy.  And in the past few years, it’s sort of developed a hipster following (as documented here and here).  As a native Californian, I love to take the train out there, get real baja style fish tacos at Rockaway Taco, walk along the boardwalk, hang on the beach for a few hours, then cap off the afternoon with a cold beer and $1.50 oysters at Bungalow bar, which has a huge patio overlooking Jamaica bay.  Then you just hop the A train home! 

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