Photo Essay: Jones Beach Bids an Indian Summer Adieu

By Paul Riegler on 26 October 2020
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They had met in kindergarten, lost touch, and reconnected years later.  But there they were, sitting on the sand at Jones Beach, at one with the Atlantic, enjoying the warm (for October) weather, a takeaway lunch of New England fried clams from Bigelow’s, and a bottle of white wine.

It was one of the last if not perhaps the last day that one could get away with a t-shirt and shorts there, as FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira, the two women, a group playing volleyball off in the distance, and a few families with children enjoyed a beach that draws tens of thousands of people on a single summer day.

Jones Beach State Park, second only to Niagara Falls in New York State in terms of visitors, is commonly referred to as Jones Beach and is one of the state’s majestic ocean parks as well as a barrier island on Long Island’s south shore. Eight million people visited it in 2019, making it the single most popular site in the state park system. It was former Parks Commission Robert Moses’ first public works project and it opened in 1929.

The beach offers visitors six and a half miles (ten and a half kilometers) of sands that gleam in the summer sun, a boardwalk area welcomes guests with ship-funnel trashcans and shuffleboard courts meant to evoke an ocean liner voyage, picnic tables, refreshment stands, a bait-and-tackle shop, scenic dunes, and two stages including an amphitheater that seats 15,000.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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