Free Sunscreen Available on the Boardwalk


Forgot the sunscreen? You may be in luck. Starting this summer, you can get free sunscreen along certain spots on the boardwalk.

As part of a two-year pilot program, NYC Parks, along with IMPACT Melanoma and BrightGuard, free sunscreen dispensers are now on the boardwalk. The bright yellow, automatic, touch-free dispensers contain SPF 30 sunscreen and are located at Beach 9th, 17th, 30th, 59th, 67th, 86th, 97th, 106th and 115th Streets. Beaches in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island also have dispensers.
BrightGuard sunscreens are free of parabens, scents and Oxybenzone. It is safe to apply to children over the age of six months. More information about the sunscreen used can be found at

In June 2016, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer advocated for free sunscreen distribution in City parks and beaches to aid in combatting the national average of one in five who are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer. Through the research highlighted in the Comptroller’s proposal, the report described successful programs in Miami and Boston, and included recommendations that the City work to implement similar efforts that would benefit sun-loving New Yorkers.

By Katie McFadden