In addition to Coney, the national report found four other Brooklyn beaches with contaminated water: Brighton Beach between Brighton 15th and Sixth streets, Manhattan Beach, Kingsborough Community College, and Kiddie Beach, a private beach in Gerritsen Beach which...had the highest percentage of contaminated water samples in Kings County.
The NRDC came to its conclusions after studying state-supplied water samples. The same samples are also studied by the city's department of health, which has come to much milder conclusions in the past because the city measures bacteria when beaches are open Memorial Day to Labor Day, while the NRDC based its findings on measurements taken over the course of an entire year.
But who cares what scientists think if you can ascribe disparaging monikers to them? "You can’t get too carried away by what some environmental nuts say,” one Kiddie Beach-lover told the paper.