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At Fort Tilden in the Rockaways, a campground of 10 sites — eight with ready-pitched tents and cots with sheets — has opened for the month of October, the first time camping has been allowed at the city beach.
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Tents, raised on platforms and each with little porch, are arranged in a circle with a a comunal campfire at the center.
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The bedside table in the tents includes enamelware coffee pot and muigs, as well as the makings for Smores.
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At dusk, the beach at Fort Tilden is still being used by a few families.
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The camp’s director, Kent Johnson, says it took about two weeks to build the campsite from the ground up. It will have to be completely dismantled next month.
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At night, solar-powered lights illuminate the tents.

In the Rockaways’ Gateway National Park, just over the Gil Hodges Bridge from Brooklyn, camping has arrived.

It is a cut above the usual roughing it. At Camp Rockaway, the tents are already built on platforms and the cots come with pillows and sheets.

Costs range from $120-150 a night, but you have to hurry — the camp closes Nov. 6.

Updated 3:58 pm, October 18, 2017
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