Despite their sedentary reputation, New Yorkers enjoy cycling, baseball.
You can always walk away from the crowds who tend to settle near the parking areas. To get there, take the Long Island Railroad from Penn Station to Freeport, and then a bus (frequent service in summer) from the station to the beach. Of course you can also go by car.
Only a subway (B. QB) ride away is Coney Island in Brooklyn, the birth-place of the hot dog. If you find the beach too crowded or noisy or dirty, wander over to the amusement park.
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