SUN OF A BEACH

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As we all know, on Memorial Day Weekend Americans celebrate and the kick-off of the summer beach season.

One NYC Beach we visited is Orchard Beach. It was created by Robert Moses in the 1930s as The Bronx's only public beach, which spans 1.1 miles and 115 acres.

Dining opportunities at Orchard Beach are limited. The promenade is failing, and while scaffolding has been constructed, there have been limited repairs. There are practically no restaurants, just concession stands.

City Images made several attempts to speak with the new NYC Parks Commissioner, but we were stonewalled.
Mitchell J. Silver became Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation a year ago and believe it or not, Commissioner Silver is the immediate past president of the American Planning Association. So where are the plans to improve the only beach in The Bronx? As a resident and taxpayer, you may wish to contact the NYC Parks honcho and demand answers. http://www.nycgovparks.org/about/people/nyc-parks-commissioner. Here he is working hard and planning for parks: http://nycparkscommissioner.tumblr.com/

We wanted to ask why hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars are being spent on nearby Pell Mansion and for a pocket park on City Island, when Orchard Beach continues to decay?

So, if you are planning to make a day of it, make sure you pack a picnic lunch and perhaps a hard hat. Orchard Beach's 26 sporting courts are also in need of a face-lift in case you wish to get into a game of basketball, tennis, or hardball.

NYC BEACHES http://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/beaches

The 10 best beaches near NYC | http://www.timeout.com/newyork/attractions/best-beaches

Sun of a Beach 720p. https://youtu.be/xdfJK9dS12w

Now Open: The Beach! http://www.wnyc.org/story/now-open-beach/

Memorial Day 2015 travel: podcasts to pass the time on a long drive http://s.al.com/e9bKOsN via @aldotcom

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ORCHARD BEACH

Beach season kicks off in the Bronx - News 12 Bronx http://bronx.news12.com/news/beach-season-kicks-off-in-the-bronx-1.10453808 via @News12BX

TOP BEACHES

AP LIST

1. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii

2. Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs, Florida

3. St. George Island State Park, Florida Panhandle

4. Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii

5. Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks of North Carolina

6. Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Florida

7. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

8. Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina

9. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples, Florida

10. East Beach, Santa Barbara, California

Hawaii's Waimanalo Bay Beach Park tops Dr. Beach's list http://apne.ws/1F4sGtz

FOOD AT OB

Orchard Beach in The Bronx is the only beach in the entire borough of 1.5 million, most of which are Hispanics. The water is calm. If heading to Orchard Beach hungry, you're in luck. The Michelin-recommended Havana Cafe, a popular Cuban spot on E. Tremont Avenue, recently opened another location at the beach. The yucca fries and the Cuban sandwich are not to be missed, but if you're in the mood for American food, they also serve burgers and chicken tenders. 1 Orchard Beach Rd., 718-518-1800, bronxhavanacafe.com