My favorite beach getaway from Brooklyn

Hello Hart Beat and hello Monday. Let’s forget Monday and pretend it’s Saturday instead. Okay?

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My first year in New York I was under the (common) misconception that New York City had the misfortune of being in the northeast and therefor residing far, far away from any actual beach. Thankfully in my second year living in Brooklyn I discovered that there is SUCH an easy way to get to beautiful beaches from the city. So easy in fact, that Carolyn and I successfully visited the beach almost every weekend last year and this year without having a car in the city.

How do you ask?? The answer is simple: the LIRR. About eight times a day the LIRR travels out to Long Beach on Long Island. The Long Beach stop is about four blocks from the board walk and white sand beach. It may not be as flashy as Jones Beach or have the tacos like Rockaway BUT the roundtrip ticket plus beach pass is only $22. You can buy the “getaway” package at Penn or Atlantic station at the kiosks and it makes your day super easy. Carolyn and I will text each other at nine in the morning on a beautiful Saturday and then in less than an hour and a half we’re sitting pretty on one of the most beautiful beaches.

So there you go, Hart Beat. An easy and inexpensive way to get that tan you dream of, all while living in the best city in the world.

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