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:
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.
Another section of the park included a small garden, with plants such as this cactus:
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:
The 26′ tow boat Tommy Miller passes the giant Maersk vessel:
The iconic Statue of Liberty:
And “Freedom Tower,” One World Trade Center:
We began walking back along the Greenway, passing the 183 meter, 23196 ton oil/chemical tanker Bow Jubail:
The tiniest watercraft we saw all day were these three men in their sea kayaks:
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:
A Valley étaín sea kayak:
A Sea Kayaking UK Romany model:
The three men paddled past us:
We also saw the 95-foot Whaling City Express, operated by SeaStreak:
And the largest ship we saw that day, the 325 meter Norwegian Breakaway: