Within the concrete heat of New York City, there is a beach club cabana culture, something you would think existed during the 1950’s in Miami Beach. The cabanas in which people rent each summer, a seasonal community creating a home away from home for four months out of the year. These images are from one local beach club, Silver Gull in Breezy Point New York
This subculture is a mixture of working class New Yorkers, teachers, fireman, doctors, and city workers. Each beach club has their own personality and the one beach club 40 minutes from Manhattan (according to a few long standing member’s) is the “best kept secret”. The clubs are made up of personalized decorated rented cabanas, including refrigerators, showers, changing rooms. For the die-hard cabana lover, they have renovated to include ceiling fans, mini bars, sinks, TV including Internet, cable, microwaves, hot plates and plenty of beach inspired knick-knacks. It is a lost world compared to the movie like the Flamingo Kid. Most these families have rented their retreat for over 40 years. Raising their children, then those children raising their own, passing on the summer nostalgic tradition.