Summer 2009: Long Island and NYC Beach Closings

KW: I can’t seem to find a way to get automatic alerts or updates. Seems like a need to fill. Because, when I search, Newsday and our blog are the only place to find that info.

For now, the only way I have been told to check on Long Island beach closings is to call the parks directly (it is not even always on their web-sites.) Phone numbers I have:

Jones Beach: (516) 785-1600

Robert Moses Beach: (631) 669-0470

Newsday daily paper in Long Island often covers Nassau/Suffolk beach closings.

How to get NYC beach reports at the bottom of the post, or go: here.


(excerpt from) Newsday
Hurricane Bill’s effects close more LI beaches
As reported Friday evening, 8/21/2009

Ocean beaches in Robert  Moses State Park, Long Beach, the Town of Islip and the Town of Oyster Bay were closed to swimming Friday as the effects of Hurricane Bill began to be felt on Long Island, and officials said all ocean beaches at Fire Island National Seashore will be closed to swimming Saturday and Sunday.

In addition, all of Robert Moses State Park may be closed Saturday morning, if it appears the incoming tide will inundate the beach there, already heavily eroded…

At Fire Island National Seashore (FINS), the ocean beaches — Sailors Haven, Barrett Beach/Talisman and Watch Hill — will be closed to swimming through the weekend, and earlier if conditions warrant, Superintendent Chris Soller announced. The beaches could remain closed Monday unless the surf abates.

In New York City, the Department of Parks and Recreation on Friday closed Rockaway Beach, Coney Island Beach, Manhattan Beach, South Beach, Midland Beach and Wolfe’s Pond Beach to swimming because of deteriorating conditions caused by the approaching hurricane…


New York City info:

Updates and info at NY1: here. Some tips from NY1…

Those who want to cool off in water can go to the city’s 63 pools and 650 spray showers.

For more information on the beach closings in NYC, call 311. [From NYC phones only!!!]

Cooling centers are sometimes open in NYC. To find the nearest cooling center, visit or call 311.

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