Monday, February 27, 2017

Circumnavigating Long Island Part 5: Fort Totten to Whitestone

To many, Long Island has a very strong sense of place. I seek 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 break these walks into pieces. Today's post focuses on eastern Queens along the Long Island Sound near where it turns into the East River from historic Fort Totten to Whitestone. 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 provides insight into the geography of this region at this particular point in time. Previous segments are linked at the bottom of this post.

The Throgs Neck Bridge near Fort Totten.

Part of the connected walking trail that starts at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and the Cross Island Expressway. It is one of the longest stretches of public access along the Long Island Sound on Long Island.

Another view of the Throgs Neck Bridge that extends from Queens to the Bronx.

A hockey rink along the trail.
A Queens Greenway sign.

Approaching the Throgs Neck Bridge approach.
Under the Throgs Neck.

A small beach in Little Bay Park.

The Throgs Neck Bridge from a residential neighborhood to the west.

Condos and apartments in Cryders Point.

Another view of Cryders Point condos/apartments.

There is a great deal of high-end unique housing in this area of Queens...

...largely due to the views.

A typical street view.

Some large homes in disarray are next to newer homes...

...and there is a great deal of redevelopment with McMansions replacing smaller homes.

Even with all of the redevelopment, there is quite a great deal of diversity of housing type such as this set of row houses...

...and this set of condos.

There is also quite a great deal of industrial land use with some brownfield redevelopment.

There is also some commercial space present, but it is limited along the coast.

A typical housing development near commercial/industrial zones.

While away from commercial/industrial zones, the housing can be rather spectacular in terms of style and size. 

A view toward the Bronx from an industrial section.

While the coastline mainly contains housing, there are some storage/transportation facilities...

...and some marinas and traditional coastal uses...

...but there is a demand for housing near the water.

One large home being built near the coast.

A very large home is under construction near a more modest home. These types of redevelopments are common in the region with new large homes replacing smaller ones.

The vistas near the Whitestone Bridge draw people to this part of Queens.

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