Sunday, March 19, 2017

Circumnavigating Long Island Part 7: College Point to Flushing

To many, Long Island has a very strong sense of place. In this series, 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 eastern shore of Flushing Bay from College Point to Flushing. 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.

Macneil Park, a lovely park at the tip of College Point was named for a sculptor who lived in the neighborhood.

There are nice views of the East River from park trails. 

A view toward Whitestone from the park.

Part of the trail was damaged by erosion. There is a nice view of Manhattan across Flushing Bay.

Another Manhattan view.

Of course directly across Flushing Bay from College Point is LaGuardia Airport.

Compared with previous communities I encountered, the waterfront in College Point is distinctly industrial with higher density housing where present.

Nick from Queens was here.

There are some newer upscale condos and apartment complexes...

...along with some older ones.

A typical street view in a residential area.

But industrial development along the waterway dominates.

A typical industrial street view along Flushing Bay. For some reason, I felt like I was about to see Batman show up in this neighborhood.

There are some post-industrial housing developments that are being developed along the waterway...

...however, cars in this parking lot along Flushing Bay tend to have the best views.

This residential neighborhood was adjacent to the industrial waterway.

There are lots of places for sale and rent.

The Poppenhusen Institute. It housed the first free kindergarten in the United States (built in 1868).

Some of the older buildings are in need of a little love...

...but they are used, like this older apartment building.

The mix of old industrial and residential land uses along the waterway is striking.

Some of the multifamily developments have been renovated to be rather fancy. It is hard to tell in this photo, but very impressive entry ways and stone-lined driveways set some of the units apart.

A typical street scene in a zone of multifamily developments.

Some fancy redevelopment can be found along some of the shore.

The Crystal Evangelical Church caters to a largely Korean congregation.

This residential street also has a home for the aged along the waterway in the distance. 

More high-density residential development can be found in the southern portion of College Point.

A typical industrial landscape in the southern portion of College Point along Flushing Bay.

This is a very fancy entry into this industrial building.

The City of New York has trash processing and snow plowing operations for this part of Queens based in this area.

Look what I found! The home of my favorite coffee, Vassilaros Coffee!

As one gets closer to Flushing, the traffic and density increase.

This particular area had a number of building supply businesses...

...including this cement plant...

...a metalworks store...

...and a lumber business.

From here, I will leave College Point and take the road above toward LaGuardia Airport.

Previous Circumnavigating Long Island Posts

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

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