Jacob Riis Beach Reopens for Swimming After Bacteria Scare – NBC New York

A popular beach getaway for sultry New Yorkers is back open, and it’s not too soon for those looking to find some relief from heat index levels once again approaching 100 degrees.

After being closed from Thursday through Friday, park officials announced that the Jacob Riis Park Beach would be open beginning Friday afternoon. The beach had been closed after park officials cited unsafe water conditions.

Samples taken from the water along the Queens shoreline previously produced high levels of bacteria that exceeded the National Park Service’s safety standards. But in a tweet Friday, Gateway National Recreation Area, of which Jacob Riis Park is a part, said “bacterial levels were again below local, state and National Park Service standards.”

Regular swimmers on New York’s beaches are well aware of the challenges of getting in the water this summer. In addition to a handful of shark sightings that have put swimming on hold for brief periods, large stretches of the Rockaways have been closed for much of the summer for beach construction and restoration.

Swimming was closed at Jones Beach twice Thursday due to shark sightings, reports Greg Cergol.

New York City reminds the public that it opens cooling centers when the heat index is forecast to be 95 degrees or higher for two or more consecutive days, or if the heat index is forecast to be 100 degrees in any moment. Cooling centers located on senior center sites will be reserved for older New Yorkers, ages 60 and older.

To find a cooling center, including accessible facilities closest to you, call 311 or visit the NYC Cooling Center Finder at NYC.gov/beattheheat.

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