Last week, after a four-alarm fire shut down the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Harlem, the city dumped millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Hudson River. That dump ended on Friday night but the fallout continues.
As the mercury starts to rise again (but not as high as last week) water activities are still highly discouraged in the waters between the George Washington and Verrazano Bridges. But just to be sure the DEP yesterday went and did spot checks at the city's beaches for bacteria. And find it they did. As of now the city has shut down the Ceder Grove Beach, Midland Beach and South Beach on Staten Island as well as the two Sea Gate beaches in Brooklyn. As far as the city is concerned, the rest of the city's beaches are just fine.
Want to double check your beach is safe before going out? The Department of Health keeps a regularly updated Beach Quality and Safety webpage for just that reason.