This feature also appears in Complex's June/July 2011 issue.

Come summer, New York City turns into a biological soup of weird smells, inexplicable brown puddles, and 9 million people sweating in unison. But evolution is within reach. New York has enough waterfront to provide every kind of beach escape, from the after work sandy beer to the weekend solitary retreat.

Here are 11 New York City beaches that will make you forget you're in Gotham.