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Governors Island, Beaches Opening

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NEW YORK — Grab the sun block and towel and head for the beach. New York City is opening its beaches on Saturday.

The city says 19 million people last year enjoyed its 14 miles of sand and water – three times more than the previous year. But it cautions everyone to observe beach rules and stay out of the water when lifeguards aren't on duty.

It's the first year beaches are smoke-free. The city issued the anti-smoking ban this week for all city parks, beaches, boardwalks and pedestrian plazas.

For a different waterfront experience, the city on Friday opened Governors Island for the season. Visitors can hop a ferry and enjoy biking, walking and various cultural events on the island.

It'll be open Friday to Sunday, and holiday Mondays, through Sept. 25.