This year our annual tour of Brooklyn will bring us to Rockaway Beach, Queens . Our 12-mile walk starts in the middle of Coney Island to the famous Jacob Riis Park and boardwalk.
Coney Island, famous for its honky-tonk boardwalk, is a contrast with the open spaces and historic art deco look of Rockaway Beach.
Arrive: Best - take F train subway - to Stillwell Ave / Coney Island Station (D, N, & Q trains also available at this station.)
Start: Meet inside MTA station, in front of Dunkin’ Donuts, by the Surf Avenue exit.
We'll walk the north end of Coney Island into Brighton Beach, then around Sheepshead Bay to Flatbush Avenue and Floyd Bennett Field, a limited use airport with an interesting historical background and arrive in Jacob Riis Park in Rockaway.
Dubbed "The People's Beach," Jacob Riis Park—part of Gateway National Recreation Area—is a popular summer destination steeped in history.
Opened in 1932, the restored bathhouse an architectural landmark is home to a variety of ranger-led programs and history exhibits. The park is named in honor of Jacob Riis, the famed New York City journalist and photographer who documented the plight of the poor and working class in the city's tenements.
Leave: Best - take NYC Ferry from 108th Street in Rockaway Park to Pier 11/Wall Street.
Start: Meet at ferry terminal at 108th St. - (alternate place to wait to be posted later)
Optional: Take nearby A train at Beach 116th St back to Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens