Sunday, January 1, 2017

Circumnavigating Long Island Part 2: Manhasset, Kings Point, Great Neck, Little Neck

To many, Long Island has a very strong sense of place. I am seeking to highlight the distinct regional character of the place by posting photos taken while walking its circumference starting from my home in Port Washington, heading west toward Brooklyn along the shore, back around to the southern shores to Montauk and Orient, and then back across the north shore to Port Washington. Since I have a day job and do not relish suburban and urban camping, I am breaking these walks into pieces. Today's post focuses on the King's Point Peninsula from Manhasset to Little Neck. For each segment, I stay on public roads that get as close to the shore as possible. I don't go on dead ends and I avoid dangerous stretches where walking is problematic due to traffic. Hopefully, the series of photo essays will provide insight into the geography of this region at this particular point in time. Previous segments are linked at the bottom of this post.

Looking toward new residential developments in Kensington on the Kings Point Peninsula from Manhasset. This multifamily development is built on an old brownfield site near a sewage treatment plant which tells you how popular multifamily developments are in this portion of Long Island.

A Long Island Railroad bridge.

Many coastal areas that are not residential have a post-industrial vibe.

New infrastructure coming to the Kings Point peninsula.

There are frequent water views on the north shore of Long Island.

Long Island is made up of hundreds of local governments. Many of them have their own water authority.

Manhasset Bay from Kings Point peninsula.

A typical residential street in Kings Point. This region was the West Egg in The Great Gatsby.
More residential landscape of the region.

There are many small parks on the peninsula, but they are restricted for residents.

There are many large midcentury and older homes on large lots in this area. Some are being torn down to build larger mansions.

One of the new mansions.

Another local park.

Always a view....

Some views are better than others....'s one of the Throgs Neck Bridge.

...and one of Manhattan.

Many of the newer mansions are made of Jerusalem Stone.

While it is hard to see the past in many areas, the area was settled long ago.

This grist mill is one of the few remaining Colonial structures on the peninsula. Note the modern mansion in the background.

The Great Neck Library.

The 911 Memorial Bridge over Udalls Millpond.

The area has been the home to those with significant wealth for generations as can be seen by this 19th century mansion.

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is located near the tip of the peninsula.

Previous Circumnavigating Long Island Posts:

Part 1. Port Washington to Manhasset.

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