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Photo by: Wayne Lawrence

On the long list of things New York City claims to do best, the beach is rarely mentioned. While NYC beaches aren't highly regarded for their solitude or white sand, city dwellers still head to waterfronts in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx in droves when the sun gods beckon.

NYC-based photographer Wayne Lawrence grew up in Saint Kitts, an island made almost entirely out of beaches, so his photo series of Orchard Beach dwellers on the only public beach in the Bronx seems like a natural choice. The title "Orchard Beach: the Bronx Riviera," by the way, is a play on the beach's original nickname in the 1930s, New York Riviera. [photos via Agnostica / Courtesy of the Artist]

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