Best Decommissioned Army Base For Sunbathing (2008)


Over 8 million people visit Jones Beach every year—and that's just Jones Beach. Though Robert Moses built his empire of beaches and parkways for the city's thousands of sweltering tenement dwellers, the Long Island shore more often resembles a desert of vanquished sand castles than the dreamed-of pleasure kingdom. You might find some relief at FORT TILDEN, an old military outpost nestled away in Far(ther) Rockaway. Because it isn't a certified beach, Fort Tilden remains off the radar for most beach crashers. Those who can make it will discover a nearly empty golden strand where pets can roam free, and intrepid sunbathers lose their suits.


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