You might be amid the skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan, but a romantic walk on the beach is closer than you think. All it takes is a ride on the A train to Rockaway Beach—a beautiful strip of sand and sea that’s been drawing couples for generations—for a daytime date that’s truly unique. As the largest urban beach in the United States, you’ll have plenty of elbow room even on the sunniest days, so pack a picnic and prepare to spread out in a way that’s all but impossible in the rest of the city. Lie down on a blanket next to your sweetheart and watch the clouds go by as the sound of waves crashing lulls you into a state of total bliss. Toss a Frisbee back and forth while crying seagulls scan the water for an easy meal. Share some sandwiches along with memories of beach days you enjoyed as a kid. During the summer months, you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the water, or just watch the year-round surfers put on a show at 90th Street, the epicenter of the urban surf scene. As the sun sets over Jamaica Bay, take your date by the hand and stroll along the boardwalk, savoring a truly unique New York moment.