While it’s no Waimea Bay, I was pleasantly surprised to find a quite enjoyable beach in Fort Tilden on the Rockaway Peninsula while assisting a shoot last week. Much nicer than Long Beach or Rockaway Beach (in my humble opinion) and without the crowds. On the day we went, the beach was clean and empty and the water actually appeared blue! Though still a 2 hour subway ride away from my casa in The Heights, it’s nevertheless “close” to the city and even closer for those of you lucky enough to live in Brooklyn. Bring your bikes and make a day of it as going for a lunch break will be too far to walk. Drivers beware: parking permits are required and can’t be bought for the same day!