New York City releases waterfront report and updated map of public shoreline

We’re one week out from the unofficial first day of summer, which means New Yorkers will join their fellow Americans enjoying Memorial Day weekend in backyards, parks, pools, and beaches. The latter are abundant in New York, which boasts 520 miles of coastline; if all of those serene marshy inlets, Atlantic shores, and fetid industrial canals were pieced together, they’d be about equal in length to the drive between Manhattan and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Most of us roughly know where the nearest body of water is, but it’s not always obvious which spaces are open to the public and what activities are permitted therein.

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