2013-09-06 / Community

Saying Goodbye to Summer

Labor Day 2013
By Miriam Rosenberg and Dan Guarino

On a day that rain was threatened but never came, Rockaway said goodbye to the 2013 beach season.

On Labor Day, the last unofficial day of summer, Rockaway marked the end of its first summer after Sandy.

Many predicted that summer 2013 would be different. Monday, September 2nd, proved them right.

Bathers on Beach 106th Street shared the beach with dredging pipes that are part of the sand replenishment project. Up on the boardwalk, the concession area rocked with the sounds of a live band.

Over on Beach 116th Street closure signs and orange netting blocked the boardwalk beach entrances.

NBC was seen between Beach 115 and Beach 117th Street, interviewing Rockaway visitors and residents about the first Labor Day since Hurricane Sandy passed through 10 months ago. On the beach, heavy equipment chugged along, moving pipes and redistributing sand, while NYC Parks workers directed often bewildered day trippers to open beaches.

Dragging coolers, carts, towels and beach toys, would-be beachgoers followed rows of red flags to Beach 109th Street and the open shore.

Up Beach 97th Street holiday makers enjoyed music and refreshments on the boardwalk and the sand and surf below.

Visitors to Rockaway’s beach between Beach 17th and Beach 9th Streets played football, got in that last swim for 2013, and just enjoyed themselves before lifeguards blew the 6 p.m. whistle that signaled the end to the beach season.




Lifeguards leave the beach for the final time of 2013. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg, Laura Deckelman and Dan Guarino Lifeguards leave the beach for the final time of 2013. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg, Laura Deckelman and Dan Guarino

A final dip in the ocean before swimming ends for the year. A final dip in the ocean before swimming ends for the year.

Time to head home after a last day at the beach for the season. Time to head home after a last day at the beach for the season.

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