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South Beach on Staten Island
When was the last time you were in Staten Island? Oh, you've never been to Staten Island? You're not alone! What's been stopping you? The fact that it's so difficult to get to from Brooklyn if you don't have a car? Probably, right? It's endlessly frustrating that there's no bike or pedestrian lane on the Verrazzano Bridge (although there is currently a petition for one to be installed) but this is a holiday weekend, so don't spend any time being frustrated. Instead, make the commitment one day this weekend to ride your bike to downtown Manhattan and take the Staten Island Ferry (bikes are allowed on board for no fee) and then ride from the St. George Terminal to Staten Island's beautiful South Beach. South Beach was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Sandy, but a lot of recovery work has been done, and other than a few sections of the boardwalk being closed, South Beach is back in action. It also has the benefit of being one of the cleanest beaches in New York City, and is also a stopping off point for Harbor Seals in colder months. And what I always say is, if a place is good enough for a slew of seals, it's good enough for me. So venture out from the beaches that you know, and check out South Beach. I promise you'll like it. Promise!