Track weather conditions at Jones Beach and all across Long...

Track weather conditions at Jones Beach and all across Long Island with the AccuWeather app. Credit: AccuWeather

Happy birthday, Jones Beach! The iconic beach and entertainment hub celebrates its 90th anniversary Sunday with a full slate of activities and festivities. These apps will help you enjoy the sand, surf and sounds at Jones Beach State Park.


(iOS, Android; free)

Any day at the beach comes with a two-word caveat: “weather permitting.” There are an enormous number of weather apps available, but AccuWeather has all the features you will need. (Others swear by The Weather Channel.) AccuWeather has detailed forecasts and live storm radar so you will get ample warning before that cloudless day turns into a torrential thunderstorm. 


(iOS, Android; free)

Most Jones Beach visitors want to catch some rays, but a hardy few want to catch some fish. Many beachgoers aren’t aware that there are excellent places to fish in Jones Beach State Park, notably the fishing piers at Parking Field 10. This popular fishing app will help you find what’s biting not only at Jones Beach but all along the Island and everywhere else there is water.

SunWise UV Index

(iOS, Android; free)

Soaking up the midsummer sun at the beach feels wonderful, but it can also be harmful. This recently updated app from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has localized forecasts showing the amount of ultraviolet radiation you can expect and offers suggestions on how to stay safe. Some users have experienced problems using the app’s GPS function, but you can always enter the ZIP code where you are — 11793 in the case of Jones Beach.


(iOS, Android; free)

With its spectacular views of Zach’s Bay, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater is one of the premiere summer concert venues in the nation. And there’s still a lot of music to be made there before the summer ends. For shows that are sold out, StubHub often has resale tickets available from confirmed ticket holders. You can also check out Ticketmaster (iOS, Android; free) to see if you can get a better deal — or better seat. 

FTC: Beware fake Equifax sites

Equifax is supplying free credit monitoring services or paying up to $125 to the 147 million Americans victimized by its 2017 data breach. But the Federal Trade Commission says beware of “fake websites claiming to be the Equifax settlement claims website,” which are trying to steal your personal information. If you want to file a claim, the FTC says go to its dedicated website,


School supplies supplier

With the fall semester coming up fast, Amazon has launched a dedicated Off to College store ( The site features a wide range of student necessities, including school supplies, dorm essentials, laptops and apparel. The store has a curated list of must-haves from Instagram celebrity Ava Phillippe, a typical college sophomore whose parents just happen to be actors Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe.


Lyft adds NYC subway info

Ride-hailing company Lyft's app will soon have real-time public transportation information for New York City users. The update shows locations of nearby subway and bus stations and docks for Citi Bike, the bike-share program operated by Lyft. The update is being rolled out gradually, but all New York users will get the features by the end of September.


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