Photo via NYC Beach Bus / Facebook

UPDATE: The NYC Beach Bus has been temporarily suspended for the summer.

The summer solstice be damned: We say summer starts this Memorial Day weekend. We ain’t waitin’ for June to call it summertime. We beat today’s forecast with our will and now it’s sunny and warm outside, plus NYC beaches open this weekend, the city is providing all pasty humans (and those who don’t want cancer, so everyone) free sunscreen – what more could we ask for?

The answer is FREE BEACH BUS TICKETS.

One of the groovier ways to schlep your bum to Rockaway, Fire Island and Riis Park is the NYC Beach Bus, and it will now also carry ya booty to Mountain Creek Water Park, which is a New Jersey ski resort and the kind of capitalist suburban wonderland that boggles the mind and releases all the endorphins of us Brooklynites who’ve become convinced Coney Island is the pinnacle of water ride modernity.

The Beach Bus to Rockaway or Riis will run you 17 American buckaroos for a round trip weekend ride, and that includes free Sixpoint beer. An objectively better experience than waiting for the F train during rush hour. (The trip to the other destinations are a bit pricier.)

Here’s some more basic info on the buses and how to win Brokelyn’s two free tickets to the Rockaways.

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Photo via NYC Beach Bus / Facebook
Photo via NYC Beach Bus / Facebook

Basic info on the buses:

Departure times:
Atlantic Ave. 9am, 11am & 1pm
Williamsburg 412 Metropolitan Ave. in front of Capital One: 9am, 11am & 1pm
Union Square (14th Street & Third Avenue): 9am & 11:30am
NEW! Times Square (42nd Street & Ninth Avenue): 9am & 12pm

Beach departure times:
Beach 95 and Shore Front Parkway: 4:30pm, 6:30pm (Union Square: 4:pm, 6:45pm)
Jacob Riis Park: 4:45pm, 6:45pm (Union Square: 4:15pm, 7pm)

Transportation: Air-conditioned school bus
Amenities: Music, candy, drinks, snacks, and an awesome host.

We’ve got two pairs of passes to the Rockaways for a date of your choosing this summer, just for Brokelyn readers. Here is how to win em:

1. Be sure to sign up for our email list if you haven’t already (we won’t share your info and we’ll only send you great Brokelyn event listings and news). Only subscribers are eligible to win.

2. Leave a comment below riffing on the topic “Summer in NYC is a time of magic because ______” (or just anything showing you’re excited about the beach, really) by this Tuesday at 5pm.

3. We’ll randomly pick two winners and contact you after that (so make sure to register with your real email address). Then, pick whatever weekend you want and get your ass out there to enjoy this great beach town we live in. See you on the bus!

To check the full list of options or just buy tickets, visit NYCBeachBus here.

And remember, kids: Don’t be a jerk about free beer on the Beach Bus.

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24 COMMENTS

  1. One of my fav parts of living in NYC is that I can be on the beach, drink in hand, in under 2 hours. Love the Rockaways!

  2. Summer in NYC is magical and amazing because even though the streets smell like boiling urine, you can FINALLY enjoy the perks of free outdoor movies, brunch in brooklyn backyards, happy hour on rooftop bars, and epic NYC beach days. Welcome to the season of sweating through your clothes and being content while doing so!

  3. THIS summer in NYCwill be magic because I BLOODY SAID SO!
    I’ve been thru 7 years of hell, which has ramped up over the last 2 months.
    I’m MAKING this summer magic, damnit!

  4. Summer in NYC is a time of magic because our landlord finally turns off the heat and NOTHING beats drinking beer outside in the sun

  5. Summer in NYC is a time of magic because the finance bros have deserted it for the Hamptons. ;) And because of street festivals and block parties.

  6. Summer in NYC is a time of magic because the beach, the sun, the music, drinks and food rejuvenate our winter-worn bodies and reminds us why we put up with all the other shit!

  7. Summer in NYC is a time of magic, as our winter-worn bodies rejuvenate for beach parties, bbq feasts, live music, and sunshine.

  8. Summertime is magic because I am emerging from hibernation to be social again! And warmth! I grew up somewhere without seasons, so I need the cold to end.

  9. “Summer in NYC is a time of magic because a shit ton of people leave every weekend leaving us a nicer quieter city”

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