After a wet start to the holiday weekend, New Yorkers put on their bathing suits and heading to the beach Saturday. NY1's Arlene Borenstein filed the following report.
It may look like a postcard picture of a place beyond the city's limits—but this is very much part of the five boroughs.
"It's like you're getting away from NY but you're only, like, 30 minutes out," one beach-goer said.
The Rockaways showered locals and visitors with sand and sun on Saturday, including seven-month-old Lucy, at the beach for the first time.
"Were from Ditmas Park, Brooklyn and we wanted to spend our first experience on a New York City beach, so we came here to the Rockaways," said Jane Diina.
Staying on the sand was the plan for most people who were avoiding the water, not just because it was cold, but also the high to moderate rip current warning throughout the day.
It was certainly a better beach weekend than the one before, when closures surprised visitors who didn't know what was going on.
"As a resident and as a business owner here, it's really, really frustrating. We never know what's going on with our beaches. It's hard to plan our days. Its hard to get people to come out to the beach to frequent our businesses," says Lena Roca of Yoga on the Rocks.
The city's Parks Department shut down sections of beaches across the peninsula so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could replenish the sand and fortify the coastline, but last weekend's confusion seemed far in the back of people's minds who were taking a breather from the daily grind.
"I don't have any specific plans. I just take it as it comes," said one man.
The only thing people seemed to be stressing over was making there way to their favorite place for food: Rockaway Taco.