Brooklyn to Queens, Kings County to Queens County, NY

Batya and I went for another walk in Brooklyn. We parked at Brigham Street off Emmons Avenue, and began hiking east on the Shore Parkway’s eastern half. This was a relatively short stretch, which provided views of Rockaway Inlet:

Rockaway Inlet from Shore Parkway, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Rockaway Inlet from Shore Parkway

 

Rockaway Inlet from Shore Parkway, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Rockaway Inlet from Shore Parkway

The Marine Parkway Bridge came into view. The bridge links Brooklyn and the Rockaway Peninsula.

Rockaway Inlet and Marine Parkway Bridge from Shore Parkway, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Rockaway Inlet and Marine Parkway Bridge

 

Rockaway Inlet and Marine Parkway Bridge from Shore Parkway, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Rockaway Inlet and Marine Parkway Bridge

We crossed the bridge over Gerritsen Inlet as the fishing party boat Flamingo III was approaching.

Flamingo III Approaching Gerritsen Inlet, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Flamingo III Approaching Gerritsen Inlet

The bridge also provides a view of Point Breeze:

Gerritsen Creek, Point Breeze and Rockaway Inlet, New York

Gerritsen Creek, Point Breeze and Rockaway Inlet

The red spikes provided a nice contrast to the green vegetation:

Red flowers along Shore Parkway, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Red flowers along Shore Parkway

When we reached Flatbush Avenue, we turned right (when we had meant to turn left). This took us past Floyd Bennett Field, the once-proud airfield that is now mostly abandoned, with many old hangers and other facilities abandoned and collapsing. Even the Aviator Sports & Events Center, presently used as an ice skating and hockey rink and arcade, has some minor issues:

Rusted drainspout at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Rusted drainspout at Floyd Bennett Field

The visitor center is nice:

Visitor Center at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Visitor Center at Floyd Bennett Field

We continued along Flatbush Avenue, and then walked across the Marine Parkway Bridge to Rockaway Peninsula:

Rockaway Inlet from Marine Parkway Bridge, New York

Rockaway Inlet from Marine Parkway Bridge

Arriving in Rockaway, we had lunch at Fort Tilden.

Wall at Fort Tilden, Queens, New York

Wall at Fort Tilden

Some type of event was underway at Fort Tilden, with music and large crowds. Therefore we did not stay and tour the fort, but only ate lunch there. Batya hadn’t enjoyed hiking across the bridge. One problem was that despite signs telling bicyclists to dismount and walk their bikes across, most ride, and we continually had to flatten ourselves to one wall as they rode up to us from the front or rear. We decided to take one of the city buses back over the bridge, exiting back on Flatbush Avenue, where we toured the visitor center at Floyd Bennett Field.

I was able to sandwich an American Airlines plane heading for JFK between a bird and a helicopter:

Bird, Airplane, and Helicopter

Bird, Airplane, and Helicopter

We then followed the same route back to where we had left the car.

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