Welcome to the board djm Where in NYC are you?
This weekend will be maddening on the beaches but the striper guys should be out at night time for the last good run till the fall. The summer months the water temps get too high in shallow water. Blues will dominate the surf. Thats why the guy said to buy the 9 or 15 inch pre packaged blue fish wire leaders with 6/0 or 7/0 hooks, because they gnarl your line pretty good. At night Ive had success with bass using wire leaders, but having said that you should read this article https://www.stripers247.com/Catchingastripedbass.htm
buy the prepackaged striped bass hooks at your local tackle shop. If you use circle hooks or set your hooks quickly you can bring in monster blues even with mono. But it takes experience. Hooked in the corner of the mouth they cant bite up on your leader. ( they will bite right through mono even wire).
I expect the bite to be slower for bass from the shoreline in july and august but the fish are still out there, just holding deeper. They may come close to shore at high tide and higher surf in the early morning and evenings.
Have fun and good luck. Your sinkers should be between 3 oz and 6 oz depending on the current if you want to hold bottom. If your casting out metal use 2 oz lures. but make sure you use wire for the blues or you will lose your expensive lures.
Of course this applies only to the mid atlantic states right now as the blue fish dominate.