More than 2,500 people swam in the ocean for the New Year's Day tradition, organizers said.
Sunbathers at Staten Island's South Beach stopped for a photo and a chat.
A day after finding the water had high levels of contamination, officials lifted the warning Thursday.
Portraits of a sunny day in Orchard Beach, Bronx's only public beach
Event organizers said Nicki Minaj would host an event but the superstar called the claim "fraudulent."
The beaches will be open and staffed for the first time this summer.
Piers 2 and 4 officially opened Thursday afternoon in the parks near Brooklyn Heights.
The beach shuttle has run from Brooklyn to the popular Queens beach since 2012.
Piers 2 and 4 of Brooklyn Bridge Park will officially open on May 22.
Aaron Rose took a series of photographs in Coney Island from 1961 to 1963.
New Yorkers flocked to Rockaway Beach this Labor Day weekend.
Coney Island hosted the 23rd annual sand sculpture competition, drawing huge crowds to the beach.
DNAinfo New York offers tips on making lasting memories in Staten Island.
These mass transit-accessible parks make it possible for car-free city dwellers to enjoy Mother Nature.
Artists are heading down to the beach to create wild and fun sandcastles.
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