Address: Fort Tilden, Queens, US
Rockaway Beach might have been the subject of various NY Times trend pieces this summer, but despite our eternal love for the Gray Lady, she’s not always the first word on style. If you prefer to kick back somewhere a little quieter than the public shore at Rockaway, venture further westward on the peninsula to Fort Tilden. Of course, there are still plenty of visitors in their best beach looks during the summer months, but Wendy Mullin prefers to visit the dunes and the old military installations off-season. “We go there every New Year’s Day to walk in the snow,” she says.