Saturday, March 4, 2017

Circumnavigating Long Island Part 6: Whitestone to College Point

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 northern Queens along the East River from the Whitestone Bridge to College Point. For each segment, I stay on public roads, trails, and/or beaches 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 Whitestone Bridge from Francis Lewis Park in Whitestone.

I am sure Whitestone was a very different place in the 1770's.

Another view of the Whitestone Bridge from Francis Lewis Park. 

The area west of the Whitestone Bridge is quite pleasant. There are plenty of sidewalks and public parks.

Like many areas of northeastern Queens, there are many McMansions being built after the demolition of smaller homes.

Another street view of the Malba neighborhood.

A private coastal park east of the Whitestone bridge.

A view from the private park to the Tallman Island Sewage Treatment Plant.

A typical coastal mansion in this part of Queens.

This photo was taken just to the right of the previous one. If you look carefully, you can see the Empire State Building poling above the tree line in the middle of the photo.

A big McMansion next to a more modest home. This is a common scene in this part of Queens.

Another example.

Some of the building designs are rather exuberant. Notice the columns and sundial.

Away from the great views, duplexes and condo complexes are common.

This is quite a lovely park, although it is one of the least maintained New York City park I have ever visited....

But there is a lovely entry way with ironwork depicting the Whitestone Bridge and nature.

The walking trail in the park. I tried to get a photo without litter.

A view toward the Tallsman Island Sewage Treatment Plant from the park.

A view toward the Whitestone Bridge from the park.

And another view of the Malba neighborhood from the park.

A large compass rose in Powell's Cove Park.

Looking toward the more modest neighborhoods of College Point near the sewage treatment plant.

Upon leaving Powell's Cove Park, one crosses a small tidal creek fed by a stormwater drain.

A College Point street view.

P.S. 129 Patricia Larkin.

Another street view of College Point...

...and another with single family homes. 

The very modern exterior of the Tallman Island Sewage Treatment Plant. Don't let the modern look fool you. This is the third oldest sewage treatment plant in New York City and the oldest one in Queens. 

The plant is near the College Point Yacht Club.

An extensive public park (but not a NYC park) is found behind a number of new condominium developments.

Behind the condos, the path overlooks a number of old docks that hint at past industrial land uses.

The trail and park are rather nice... are the condos that face the water...

...for some great views.

More College Point condos.
Part 1. Port Washington to Manhasset
Part 2. Manhasset, Kings Point, Great Neck, Little Neck

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