I am at Breezy Point in the Rockaways, New York City. I just read Tick Tock - a James Patterson (and Michael Ledwidge) thriller that is set here. It’s a great summer beach read!
Breezy Point is on a narrow island near the entrance to New York Harbor. Even though not in the middle of the country, this close knit Irish/Catholic beach bungalow enclave is one of the true heartlands of America. At every turn there are memorials to the police and fireman from Breezy who died on 9/11, American flags line the boardwalk and streets, and the fireworks on the 4th of July are incredible.