Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City - The original of the Water Taxi Beaches, Long Island City is just a 4-minute Water Taxi ride from midtown Manhattan, but you will feel as if you are miles away from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle. Though the ‘beach’ doesn’t allow swimming, (not that you’d want to dive into the East River, anyways) there are sprinklers that intermittently cool the beach. The rays of sun are plentiful, as well as the various live music acts and DJ’s that perform weekly. This summertime venue turns 21+, after dark, so don’t forget to bring your ID. Water Taxi Beach Long Island City hosts some of the hottest, late-night dance parties and is available for private parties, weddings and corporate events.