Best Beach (2008)

Manhattan Beach

Near the eastern verge of Coney Island lies MANHATTAN BEACH, the most obscure beach on the peninsula, sporting its own miniature boardwalk. A profusion of clean sand is bordered by an unbroken arc of beach structures that feature changing rooms and a dinky snack bar, with none of the commercial sprawl that characterizes Coney or Brighton (although it, too, was a bona fide beach resort in the early 20th century). Catch the B1 bus from Brighton Beach, or even better, bushwhack from the Q's Sheepshead Bay across the darling footbridge that runs from Emmons Avenue to Shore Boulevard; hike three blocks further southeast and you've reached your objective.


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