I love Rockaway Beach because it's well-kept compared to other NYC beaches. There are plenty of bathrooms every several blocks (clean bathrooms, too), and plenty of nice restaurants and food shacks right along the beach. Yes, it's NYC, so the water isn't going to be free of potato chip bags and whatnot, but for the most part, it wasn't as gross as Coney Island, and it wasn't as crowded as Jacob Riis, and it's not as far away as Jones or Long Beach. And it has clean bathrooms.
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