I first discovered Ft. Tilden when I was in film school and worked on a couple shorts that were shot on it's empty beaches. The beaches aren't so empty anymore, especially after recent articles in the TIMES and TimeOut have turned the place into Hipster Beach. But it is still not nearly as packed as Jones Beach or neighboring Riis Beach on a 96 degree July afternoon.
We stayed at the beach until sunset which is when I took these magic-hour photos. You would never guess these were taken in Queens, right? Or within 45 minutes of downtown Manhattan. All it takes to get there is a Metrocard: the 2 train to the end of the line then a transfer to the Q35 bus.