Shore Parkway Greenway (western section), Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

The Shore Parkway Greenway is a walking and bicycle path that runs on the bay side of the Shore Parkway automobile route. The Greenway exists in two noncontiguous sections, separated by Coney Island. The western section runs 4.3 miles, from Bay Parkway at the southern end, passed under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and continues to Bay Ridge Avenue at the northern end. [The eastern section runs from 68th Street in Brooklyn to 84th Street in Queens.]

We parked on Bay Parkway, at GPS coördinates 40.5948/-74.0012, where a large parking lot is provided. We then began walking north on the western section of the parkway:

Shore Parkway and Verrazano–Narrows Bridge, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Shore Parkway and Verrazano–Narrows Bridge

When completed in 1964, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world, with a center span of 4260′:

Verrazano–Narrows Bridge

Verrazano–Narrows Bridge

A laughing gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) flew past us:

Laughing gull, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Laughing gull

This double-crested cormorant (phalacrocorax auritus) put on a good display of swimming and diving, moving north at the same pace that we were walking:

Double-crested cormorant, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Double-crested cormorant

This is a Forster’s tern (sterna forsteri). Terns were at one point considered a subfamily of gulls, but now are recognized as a separate family:

Forster's tern, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Forster’s tern

A boat passes in front of Hoffman Island, an island created in Lower New York Bay in 1872 by the addition of landfill to natural shoals, and unused since World War II:

Boat Passing East of Hoffman Island, Lower New York Bay, New York

Hoffman Island

A double-crested cormorant in flight:

Double-crested cormorant, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Double-crested cormorant

The NYPD keeps boaters safe:

NYPD Patrol Boat, Lower New York Bay, New York

NYPD Patrol Boat

We spotted common chicory (cichorium intybus) growing beside one tree:

Common chicory, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Common chicory

A substantial piece of lumber appears as driftwood:

Driftwood, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Driftwood

We also saw a couple of very large cubes of styrofoam while we were on the walk. Other marine debris included what appeared to be a dock bumper painted “No Step,” i.e., warning people not to step on it, that may have torn loose during a storm:

Marine debris, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Marine debris

Batya pointed out the Statue of Liberty, about 4 miles to the north in Upper New York Bay. My telephoto lens brought her closer:

Statue of Liberty, Upper New York Bay, New York

Statue of Liberty

A Forster’s tern rests on a rock:

Forster's tern, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Forster’s tern

A speedboat in the Narrows, which separates Upper New York Harbor from Lower New York Harbor:

Speedboat, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Speedboat

The Bayonne Golf Club:

Bayonne Golf Club, Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey

Bayonne Golf Club

We reached Bay Ridge Avenue, at the northern end of the Greenway. We had lunch on the American Veterans Memorial Pier, and enjoyed seeing the 1928 Delaware Bay oyster schooner A.J. Meerwald:

A.J. Meerwald at American Veterans Memorial Pier, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

A.J. Meerwald at American Veterans Memorial Pier

After lunch, we began our return walk, reversing our path and walking south.

Here, a sightseeing boat passes in front of the Orange Sun, a Swiss tanker (Liberian-flagged) dedicated to shipping fruit juice:

Orange Sun, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Orange Sun

A sailboat passes east of Hoffman Island:

Sailboat passing east of Hoffman Island, Lower New York Bay, New York

Sailboat passing east of Hoffman Island

Batya had fun:

Batya enjoys Lower New York Bay, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Batya enjoys Lower New York Bay

This was an easy 8.6-mile walk, on pavement, with hardly any elevation change.

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One Response to Shore Parkway Greenway (western section), Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

  1. Cynthia Stein says:

    beautiful scenery

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