Beach 8th Street, Queens

Beach 8th Street, Queens
New York
USA East

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Site Review by
 Joseph R Gessert
Date: 03/20/2010

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Joseph R Gessert Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Brooklyn Reef:    3.00
State:   NY Animal:    5.00
Country:   United States Plant:    2.00
Diving:   8 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   200 Solitude   1.00
    Roads:    5.00

Evaluation

*Average:    3.33
I've done a dozen dives at Beach 8th over the last two years. The marine life is tremendous--skates, pipefish, lobster, blackfish, seasonal tropicals, and of course abundant crabs and sea stars. The entry is easy and navigation simple. The fishermen, however, can be very aggressive, and are souring me on the site. I have had my flag intentionally snagged several times now while I was with students, the last time by a surly off-duty police officer. The number of fishing lines in the water on a nice day can be downright dangerous. When diving there I recommend setting a course straight south across the channel so as to avoid the fishermen on either side. That said, it's still amazing to see so much wildlife in the middle of NYC.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2009
Visibility:    2.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    2.00
 
 


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