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

We had a previous hike of the western section of the Shore Parkway Greenway about a year before, and decided to repeat the walk on this day.

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge looked about the same as always:

Verrazano–Narrows Bridge

Verrazano–Narrows Bridge

This is non-powered barge RTC 81, owned by Reinauer Transportation:

Barge RTC 81

Barge RTC 81

Continuing north, we crossed under the bridge. Pedestrian walkways cross over the Belt Parkway to the east, and we took one, detouring from the Greenway and finding ourselves in a narrow and discontinuous park known as Shore Road Park, nestled between the Belt Parkway and Shore Road. One part was nicely landscaped, another section included a small baseball field, another section included playgrounds and restrooms.

Shore Road Park, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Shore Road Park

Another section of the park included a small garden, with plants such as this cactus:

Cactus, Shore Road Park, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Cactus in Shore Road Park

We continued walking through the Shore Road Park until we reached Bay Ridge Avenue, at which point we walked under the Belt Parkway onto the American Veterans Memorial Pier, where we had lunch.

The pier provided good views of the harbor and its ships and other sites. Here is the 300 meter long, 74642 ton Maersk Detroit container ship:

Maersk Detroit Container Ship

Maersk Detroit Container Ship

The 26′ tow boat Tommy Miller passes the giant Maersk vessel:

Rigid-inflatable boat Tommy Miller

Rigid-inflatable boat Tommy Miller

The iconic Statue of Liberty:

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

And “Freedom Tower,” One World Trade Center:

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center

We began walking back along the Greenway, passing the 183 meter, 23196 ton oil/chemical tanker Bow Jubail:

Verrazano–Narrows Bridge

Verrazano–Narrows Bridge

The tiniest watercraft we saw all day were these three men in their sea kayaks:

Three kayakers pass the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge

Three kayakers pass the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge

They were three different models, but all were British-style kayaks. American-style kayaks have rudders and thus may be easier to manage, but the British-style kayaks are more flexible in the hands of experts.

A TideRace Xplore X:

TideRace Xplore X sea kayak

TideRace Xplore X sea kayak

A Valley étaín sea kayak:

Valley étaín sea kayak

Valley étaín sea kayak

A Sea Kayaking UK Romany model:

Sea Kayaing UK Romany model

Sea Kayaking UK Romany model

The three men paddled past us:

Three British-Style Sea Kayaks

Three British-Style Sea Kayaks

We also saw the 95-foot Whaling City Express, operated by SeaStreak:

Whaling City Express

Whaling City Express

And the largest ship we saw that day, the 325 meter Norwegian Breakaway:

Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway

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