“Jones Beach” by John Hanc
Jones Beach opened inauspiciously amidst a howling sandstorm on Aug. 4, 1929. In the years since, it has attracted 500 million visitors and become hallowed ground to generations of New Yorkers. Today, Jones Beach evokes cherished memories of long-spent youth, old friends and departed loved ones.
During a discussion on March 7, at the auditorium at Peconic Landing’s Community Center, John Hanc will explore the traditions, institutions, controversies and characters of this beloved seaside resort, now a state historic landmark.
Hanc has authored or co-authored 18 books, including several award-winning memoirs. His book on one of Long Island’s most iconic oceanfront parks, “Jones Beach: An Illustrated History,” was published by Globe Pequot in 2010.
Also a journalist, Hanc is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and a long-time contributing writer for Newsday. His work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, Columbia Journalism Review, Family Circle, Runner’s World, Smithsonian and many other publications.
He teaches journalism and communications at the New York Institute of Technology and is also a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School’s annual three-day course Writing, Publishing and Social Media for Healthcare Professionals.