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Brooklyn Bridge Beach will open to the public for City of Water Day

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The restricted beach will open for one day this Saturday


The annual City of Water Day returns this Saturday and to celebrate, the Brooklyn Bridge Beach will open up to the public.

Brooklyn Bridge Beach is typically closed off to the public (though people still make their way onto it) and in recent years, there has been a push to open the beach, however in 2016, the city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) found several factors against opening the beach, including its cost, danger from waves, and the combined stormwater-sewage overflow nearby. It’s unclear what’s in store for the future of that project.

In the meantime, the beach will host the sixth annual Con Edison Cardboard Kayak Race on the City of Water Day at 8:30 a.m. along with free kayak lessons throughout the day, presented by HarborLAB.

The City of Water Day, now in its 11th year, is a free annual festival organized by the Waterfront Alliance in efforts to encourage people to enjoy the New York Harbor and its nearby waterways. The main festival will take place at the Seaport District at piers 16 and 17, however, other events will also be taking place throughout the city.

Find the full schedule of events here.