Sun kinda wonderful for parks, shores
Bikinis are coming out of the closet and beachfront businesses are gearing up for the unofficial start of the summer.
Over Memorial Day weekend, the city’s parks and waterfront hangouts are expected to be packed with New Yorkers making the most of anticipated sunshine and an extra day off.
“I’m taking Friday off so I can have a nice four-day weekend,” said John Connolly, 28, of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, who was checking out Rockaway Beach on Wednesday.
“I love the sun and I can’t wait to go swimming.”
Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe kicked off the season with a visit to Orchard Beach in the Bronx and noted that 10 million people hit city beaches last year and even more are expected this year.
“People who can’t get away to the Hamptons this year can come to our beaches, and even if they can, they should come anyway,” he said.
The American Automobile Association predicts there will be a 1.5% increase in Memorial Day road-trippers, with New Yorkers favoring historic destinations like Boston, Washington or Williamsburg, Va.
The weather should be perfect: temperatures in the mid- to low 70s, mostly dry and sunny – leaving Coney Island vendors dreaming of a boffo weekend.
“Coney Island’s a product of the weather. If it’s nice, we’ll make money,” said Michael Sarrel, 53, who works at Ruby’s bar on the Boardwalk.
“We’ll have a good weekend,” he said. “People need a place to go to bring their families.”
BY Benjamin Peim, Sarah Armaghan and Christina Boyle