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WNYC News

Lightning Strike Injures 3 at New York Beach

Monday, September 01, 2014

A lightning strike at a New York City beach injured three people on Sunday.

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WNYC News

Safe Swimming: The Best (and Worst) Beaches

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Report measures water contamination at beaches.

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New Jersey News

72 Dolphins Wash Up Dead on New Jersey Beaches

Friday, August 30, 2013

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More than 70 dolphins have washed up dead on New Jersey beaches. Most are bottlenose dolphins, the mammals that star in movies and aquarium shows.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Beach for Lower Manhattan: Good Idea?

Thursday, August 01, 2013

On Monday, Mother Jones reporter Kate Sheppard was on The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about how coastal communities along the East Coast – including New York City - are adapting to rising sea levels and the ongoing threat of repeated floods. In her article “Under Water,” Sheppard wrote that, although Hurricane Sandy might have been a “100-year flood,” city officials have been repeatedly warned that global warming and rising water levels leave New York increasingly susceptible to major amounts of flooding.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Beaches, Floods, and the Government

Monday, July 29, 2013

Mother Jones reporter Kate Sheppard looks at how coastal communities from Miami to Martha’s Vineyard are adapting to rising sea levels and the ongoing threat of repeated floods. Her article “Under Water,” in the July/August issue of Mother Jones, examines existing laws on flood insurance, flood maps, and looks at how the federal and state governments are meeting these challenges.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Mayor's Race; Astronaut Wives; Balanchine, Ballet, and Revolution; Beach Erosion and Protection

Monday, July 29, 2013

Andrew Meier explains why Mayor Bloomberg’s 12 years in office may be the biggest issue in this year’s mayoral campaign. Lily Koppel looks at the wives of the Mercury Seven astronauts, who became national celebrities as their husbands launched into space. We’ll find out about the working and personal relationship between choreographer George Balanchine and his childhood friend, ballerina Lidia Ivanova. Kate Sheppard talks about how coastal communities from Maine to Miami are adapting to rising sea levels and the threat of flooding.

WNYC News

Finding Fun in the Water: Map Your Favorite Beach

Friday, July 19, 2013

As part of our summer series on finding fun in the water, WNYC wants your help in mapping the best beaches in the city -- or a short trip away. 

Pick your spot on the map, and explain what you like about it. Photos and audio are welcome.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

After Sandy: Memorial Day Report

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

We check in with local business owners to discuss the start of the summer season and how Memorial Day weekend went after Sandy. Laura Mercogliano, owner and general manager of Palms Hotel Fire Island, CJ's Bar and Grill and other Fire Island businesses in Ocean Beach , and Terence Tubridy, co-owner of Bungalow Bar and Restaurant in Rockaway Beach, join us to talk about how business was over the weekend. 

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WNYC News

New York City Beaches to Open for First Time Since Sandy

Friday, May 24, 2013

The city's beaches officially open Saturday. But in many areas ravaged by Sandy, like in the Rockaways, the beaches are still a work in progress.

"Ideally, we would hope there would be a lot of people on the beach," said Rockaway resident Monica Lynch. "I don't know if that is ...

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WNYC News

A Post-Sandy Answer to the Beachfront W.C.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Visitors to many New York City beaches later this month will be met with an unusual sight: giant boxes held aloft on pillars and supports.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NJ Senate President Sweeney on Post-Sandy Policy

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Steve Sweeney, New Jersey Senate President, discusses his proposed legislation about requiring free public access to beaches in any community that receives post Sandy government aid.

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WNYC News

Beaches, Parks and Zombies: How to Spend the Weekend

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of summer, and with that all public beaches in New York City are officially open. But there will be plenty of other things to do this weekend, if the beach isn't your scene.

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WNYC News

NJ Officials Encourage Beach Days

Friday, September 02, 2011

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New Jersey officials said the state's beaches are open for business this Labor Day weekend, after an unprecedented evacuation of the Jersey Shore in advance of Hurricane Irene. Speaking earlier this week, Governor Chris Christie urged residents and visitors to "get down to the Jersey Shore," after water tests showed that Cape May and Ocean County beaches were safe.

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WNYC News

City Closes Four Beaches Due to Spilled Sewage

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The city has now closed four beaches — one in Brooklyn and three on Staten Island — after a wastewater treatment facility dumped hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Hudson River following a four-alarm fire last week.

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WNYC News

Best And Worst Beaches: More Pollution Found Nationwide

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Beaches in the New York area boast some of the lowest bacteria levels in the nation — even though most seaside retreats were especially filthy last year, according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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WNYC News

Long Island Beach-Goers Say Ongoing Murder Probe Won't Affect Summer Plans

Friday, June 03, 2011

The grisly discovery of 10 sets of human remains along a desolate strip of a Long Island beach highway where authorities believe at least two killers have used the area as a body dumping ground has apparently done little to deter beach-goers from changing their summer plans.

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