Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 4 Beach
Get down to the East River shoreline at Pier 4 Beach. This sandy beach located between the Pier 3 Greenway Terrace and Pier 5’s Picnic Peninsula makes a great place for sunbathing or building sandcastles against the jaw-dropping Lower Manhattan skyline. Birdwatchers will appreciate Bird Island, an inaccessible bird sanctuary built into the remains of a sunken railroad transfer barge, where many migrating and year-round bird species make their homes.
Featured photo from Etienne Frossard.