By the Water: Sherrie Nickol explores daily life at New York City's fascinating beaches

What does one do when the weather's stiflingly hot? In New York City, they escape the heat by flocking to nearby beaches where they soak up the sun and enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea. Coney Island, Fort Tilden and Jacob Riis Park in Queens, Great Kills Park and Midland Beach on Staten Island, Manhattan Beach, Plum Beach in Brooklyn, Orchard Beach in the Bronx... these are just a few of the sanded beaches that New Yorkers are lucky to have on their own doorstep.

For local photographer Sherrie Nickol, she believes these city beaches offer a fascinating picture of daily life, and wanted to capture the spirit of the urban seaside. "What excited me particularly when I began to explore these beaches was the multi-ethnicity of families, teens and friends all enjoying their time by the ocean, which was only a subway ride away," she explains.

This particular collection of images – part of an ongoing series entitled By the Water – was taken in the summer of 2016, although to look at them, with their black and white, nostalgic style, you'd be forgiven for assuming they're from another decade. Perhaps the '70s or '80s.

These shots are of the people and sights at beaches located within the five boroughs of New York City. You can discover more at

Sherrie studied photography at the University of Cincinnati and later at the International Center of Photography in New York City. She works out of her NOHO studio in NYC where she manages both her fine art projects and her commercial clients. In recent years she has used her talents to work on projects about people and their environments for various commercial clients: Canon, The Wall Street Journal, Wal-Mart, Philips, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, Bayer, Columbia University, JP Morgan Chase and YMCA.

All images courtesy of Sherrie Nickol


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