Hitting the Beach in the 19th Century
Jacob A. Riis. [Playing by the water.] ca. 1895. Museum of the City of New York. 188.8.131.52
Now that the weather has (finally) taken a turn towards summer, many New Yorkers are likely thinking about escaping the city for the beach in the months ahead. Fleeing the city for the seaside is something New Yorkers have been doing for the past two hundred years, since early resorts were built on the nearby Long Island Sound and Atlantic coastlines.
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