New Yorkers hit the water as beaches open for summer

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CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn (PIX11) -- Today is the first day of the year that the beaches in New York City are open for swimming. On Coney Island today, there was not a cloud in the sky.

The lifeguards are on duty and despite the water being roughly 55 to 60 degrees, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, people still jumped in.

“Really cold!” said Gabriel Paredes, who did take a dip today.

The beach on Coney Island near Luna Park was not that crowded on Saturday. Families who did come out say they were happy to reap the benefits of having much of the beach to themselves.

“Perfect parking. Perfect temperature for the kids. Not crowded. It’s beautiful,” said Mirna Paredes.

Perhaps the best part of NYC beaches is that they’re free.

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