Yay, I’m finally telling you guys about my super fun beach-filled weekend down on Long Island!
I can’t wait to tell you all about the building in the picture above- it may not look especially beachy, but this structure is part of the very essence of Jones Beach State Park.
However, I get ahead of myself.
Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? I love Long Island. It’s my childhood home and where my parents and extended family still live. There are, of course, several cons to living there, especially when compared to the quiet of the Hudson Valley: overpopulated, tons of traffic, and about a trillion strip malls and car dealerships. But Long Island also does a lot of things well, trust me!
One thing Long Island does well is food: bagels come to mind first of course, followed by pizza (my love!), and any of several ethnic cuisines, all prepared by first- and second-generation immigrants: Italian, Greek, Indian, Dominican and Puerto Rican, to name a few. But here’s what my family and I enjoyed last Friday night:
All American is a 50’s style burger place in Massapequa, on Long Island’s South Shore. I hear that their hamburgers are some of the best ever, but for obvious reasons, I was quite content with French Fries, a potato knish, and a vanilla milkshake (to share, those shakes are filling!).
Oh yeah, and this place gets pretty crowded in the summer. We were there on a Friday night in the middle of summer, what did I expect? If you’ll look to the top right of this picture below, you’ll see that it’s super busy- those are the lines to order!
And standing back to get the sign on top (with strategically placed sea gull):
As I mentioned in my Mother’s Day post, Long Island also does historic estates and mansions well. But Gold Coast estates aren’t the only places you’ll find history- in fact, Jones Beach State Park is on the National Register of Historic Places. History + recreation (mini golf, shuffleboard, volleyball, and other cruise-type games) and you get the ocean, too? Oh yes, Jones Beach has it all!
The buildings at the beach, constructed in 1929, are Art Deco style, which I just love. Other Art Deco structure in New York include the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and Rockefeller Center.
Have I mentioned the boardwalk yet? It’s huge, and ever so lovely to stroll on while the summer sun is setting.
Here are a couple more photos from Friday evening:
That was Friday evening: my family and I enjoying the beach and the boardwalk after a nostalgic dinner and before a big party on Saturday. Sunday midday, Andy and I returned to Jones Beach- after all, he had never been there before! Sunset is one thing, but one must experience the beach in the daytime.
More great signs & architectural focus:
That’s enough architecture. Are you guys ready for swimming or what? We are at the beach, after all. Here you go:
Kind of weird, right? I don’t know about you, but I go to the beach for the ocean. And ohhh, how we savored those waves, that salty water, that sense of calm and joy that nothing else can bring.
And these two are courtesy of Andy and his waterproof camera:
Oh yes, we ate lunch, too. Fighting those powerful waves makes you hungry! We ate the sandwiches below, plus a kale and goat cheese salad, carrot sticks, and tortilla chips.
I’m so glad we made the intention to spend an afternoon at the beach and followed through. Jones Beach, and nearby Robert Moses beach, are two spots that are like coming home for me, quite literally. I remember my dad helping me tackle the intimidating ocean waves when I was a little kid, countless sandy walks with my siblings, and begging my mom for ice cream from the bath house.
It was nice to bring Andy to Jones Beach for the first time. I’m pretty sure he enjoyed himself 🙂
Do you have a favorite beach or summertime getaway spot?
(Apologies for the late post- it’s officially Friday, eeek! Hoping everyone has a great weekend. Don’t worry, there’ll still be a Friday Gratitude post coming up, too!)
Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. —Ralph Waldo Emerson