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NYC beach season extended for another week

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NEW YORK — New York City has extended the swimming season through Sept. 13 at some of its most popular beaches.

You can still take a dip daily along stretches of Rockaway Beach in Queens; Coney Island and Brighton Beaches in Brooklyn; Midland and South Beaches in Staten Island; and Orchard Beach in the Bronx.

The beaches are open from daily from 10 a.m., to 6 p.m. when lifeguards are on duty.

Officials say there’s been a big increase in New York City beach attendance. They’ve had more than 19 million visitors since Memorial Day. That’s up a million over last year. The Parks Department maintains 14 miles of beaches.

The Parks Department says there’s $687,000 in the budget to fund lifeguards, maintenance workers and other staff for the extra week.

Cedar Grove on and Wolfe’s Pond beaches on Staten Island closed on Labor Day.

Also closing on Labor Day are the city’s free outdoor pools.