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Press Release
New York City Department of Health
Office of Public Affairs
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Greg Butler
Friday, May 24, 2002
(212) 788-5290
(877) 640-1347


On the eve of Memorial Day weekend, New York City Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, announced that all of New York City's public beaches are approved for swimming. The following is the list of public beaches approved for swimming in New York City:

  • Bronx: Orchard Beach
  • Brooklyn: Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Manhattan Beach
  • Queens: Jacob Riis Park, Rockaway Beach
  • Staten Island: Great Kills, Midland Beach, South Beach, Wolfe's Pond Park

Each week, DOH tests the water at beaches throughout the City to determine the sanitary quality of coastal waters used by bathers. The New York City Department of Health will continue to test water from area beaches throughout the summer to ensure the recreational bathing waters continue to be clean and safe for swimming.

Utilizing a comprehensive system of sustained water testing and computer modeling that can forecast the effects of weather conditions on beach water quality, the Health Department again places limited wet weather advisories on three public beaches: Midland Beach and South Beach in Staten Island; and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn. The Health Department also advises New Yorkers to refrain from swimming in those waters for 12 hours following heavy rains (greater than 1½ inches) during the previous six hours.

Swimming in the waters surrounding New York City is permitted only at approved beaches, and is prohibited at all other waterfronts, including the East River, Harlem River, Hudson River, Upper New York Bay, the Kill Van Kull, Arthur Kill, and Jamaica Bay, including Plum, Howard and Canarsie Beaches, and Broad Channel.