The People’s Beach at Riis Park has been a destination for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers since at least the 1940s.

Now, the possible demolition of an abandoned hospital that provides a sense of shelter threatens to upend the experience for the beach’s devotees.

For this AudioFiles feature, reporter Tasha Sandoval takes us to Bay One at Riis to detail what makes it such a special place in the Rockaways—and why it’s so important for its community to keep it queer.

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