Brighton Beach

Brooklyn, New York

Brighton Beach is a popular sand beach facing the Atlantic Ocean that's part of Coney Island Beach. Its a New York City beach and as such it is managed by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.

There are lifeguards. They are New York City lifeguards and wear orange.

There is wheelchair beach access.

The group Coney Island Open Water Swimmers (CIBBOWS) congregates behind the chair at Brighton 4. The chair is informally called Grimaldo's chair after a lifeguard who passed away due to cancer several years ago. CIBBOWS is a fun group and they do activities in the water in addition to group swims.

If there's any current, it will be minimal. There are no waves to speak of. It's a wonderful swimming beach.

Brighton Beach is easy to get to. On weekends take the Q subway to the Brighton stop. Upon getting off the Q look for the Home Made Cooking Cafe storel It sells the greasy fried dough pirozhok on the sidewalk.

You may also drive there but one would imagine the parking lots fill up very early.

There are bathrooms.

If you are wet when you get on the train, you may freeze from the A/C.

You're a short walk or swim to Coney Island.

The location is for Grimaldo's Chair, but Brighton Beach is quite wide.

The area is not pristine.

On a hot summer weekend it will be crowded. If you like people watching and hearing lots of different languages (though mostly Russian) you'll like it. If you are looking for an empty beach this is not for you.

There are many eating options. Roving vendors will try to sell you stuff on the beach. There are upscale Russian restaurants along the beach. And you can walk a short distance to the main drag (Brighton Beach Avenue) or to Coney Island Beach for many more choices.

Power craft may come very close to the swimming area. The lifeguards try to warn them off with whistles and handwaving but that's all they can do.

It is advisable to tow a pull buoy if you are going for a long swim a good distance from the beach. This will identify you as a serious swimmer to the lifeguards who then will not bother you.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
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  • Current Status
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Monitoring Frequency

Brighton Beach is not sampled

Source Information

These sites are not monitored for recreational water standards.

Ira Gershenhorn is an American living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. He is a computer programmer. He has experience and is knowledgeable in the fields of environmental science, strategy, water quality, community engagement and digital communication. Ira sampled water in the Hudson River for three years with the Watertrail Association. He is a volunteer with Riverkeeper and the Billion Oyster Project and an avid user of iNaturalist. Ira is an advocate of swimming in the waters around New York City. He swims in the Hudson River almost every day and has swum at all locations he describes. He wants to give other Swim Guide users and affiliates easy access to information on NYC beaches and bathing zones.

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Brighton Beach

Brooklyn, New York

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample. Swim Guide - Main updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Brighton Beach is a popular sand beach facing the Atlantic Ocean that's part of Coney Island Beach. Its a New York City beach and as such it is managed by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.

There are lifeguards. They are New York City lifeguards and wear orange.

There is wheelchair beach access.

The group Coney Island Open Water Swimmers (CIBBOWS) congregates behind the chair at Brighton 4. The chair is informally called Grimaldo's chair after a lifeguard who passed away due to cancer several years ago. CIBBOWS is a fun group and they do activities in the water in addition to group swims.

If there's any current, it will be minimal. There are no waves to speak of. It's a wonderful swimming beach.

Brighton Beach is easy to get to. On weekends take the Q subway to the Brighton stop. Upon getting off the Q look for the Home Made Cooking Cafe storel It sells the greasy fried dough pirozhok on the sidewalk.

You may also drive there but one would imagine the parking lots fill up very early.

There are bathrooms.

If you are wet when you get on the train, you may freeze from the A/C.

You're a short walk or swim to Coney Island.

The location is for Grimaldo's Chair, but Brighton Beach is quite wide.

The area is not pristine.

On a hot summer weekend it will be crowded. If you like people watching and hearing lots of different languages (though mostly Russian) you'll like it. If you are looking for an empty beach this is not for you.

There are many eating options. Roving vendors will try to sell you stuff on the beach. There are upscale Russian restaurants along the beach. And you can walk a short distance to the main drag (Brighton Beach Avenue) or to Coney Island Beach for many more choices.

Power craft may come very close to the swimming area. The lifeguards try to warn them off with whistles and handwaving but that's all they can do.

It is advisable to tow a pull buoy if you are going for a long swim a good distance from the beach. This will identify you as a serious swimmer to the lifeguards who then will not bother you.

Monitoring Frequency

Brighton Beach is not sampled

Source Information

These sites are not monitored for recreational water standards.

Ira Gershenhorn is an American living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. He is a computer programmer. He has experience and is knowledgeable in the fields of environmental science, strategy, water quality, community engagement and digital communication. Ira sampled water in the Hudson River for three years with the Watertrail Association. He is a volunteer with Riverkeeper and the Billion Oyster Project and an avid user of iNaturalist. Ira is an advocate of swimming in the waters around New York City. He swims in the Hudson River almost every day and has swum at all locations he describes. He wants to give other Swim Guide users and affiliates easy access to information on NYC beaches and bathing zones.

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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