Beach 8th Street, Queens

Beach 8th Street, Queens
New York
USA East


Site Review by
Date: 01/27/2009


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Eightreale Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Franklin Square Reef:    3.00
State:   New York Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   27 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   200 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    3.49
I have been diving on beach 8th street since 1980 long before almost paradise came along and ruined it! For years the same smiling faces showed up on a regular if not daily basis to dive. We had no worries about our cars, our kids knew each other and we all looked out for each other. One of the dive shops would organize beach cleanups where we would remove all the trash we could find from the water and beach. Afterwards they would feed everyone. The entire end of the street would be filled with divers and families sharing BBQ and stories and the occasional cerveza (AFTER ALL DIVING ACTIVITIES). The came for almost paradise and from that moment paradise was lost forever. We were forced to either pay this guy or you could not dive on a beach where we had dived even long before I came onto the scene. He put up a fence to block access and if we decided to dive from the wall he would call the cops to harass us. Ironically this was supposed to be a divers service center but that did not stop him from allowing the launching of jet skis right from the beach that divers were using! The best thing that ever happened there is the closing of this lousy facility. Good riddance Jay wherever you are! Now that things are somewhat back to normal I take my thirteen and eighteen year old sons there. Unfortunately for the years that Jay was there a lot of seasoned divers stopped going there. Hopefully they will return and bring some new friends.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    2.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    4.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Spring
Year:    2008
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    3.00

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