Water Taxi Beach
WHERE: South Street Seaport, North side of Pier 17, Manhattan
HOW TO GET THERE: 2, 3 to Wall St.
You can’t swim here (the water is the East River), but it’s one of the only places you’ll be able to dig your toes into sand while eyeing the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s full of food and beer vendors, which makes this a laid-back alternative for an evening unwind.