Sunday, January 28, 2018

Circumnavigating Long Island Part 11. Greenpoint to Vinegar Hill Brooklyn

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, around the west end of the island, east 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. 

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.

Today's post focuses on northeastern Brooklyn. It starts at Newtown Creek, which separates Brooklyn from Queens and the neighborhoods of Long Island City and Greenpoint. It then extends through Willisamburg, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and finally Vinegar Hill. Much of the area is under redevelopment.

A view toward Manhattan from the Pulaski Bridge.

A hotel sign under the bridge.

Yup, it's Brooklyn.

A Greenpoint streetscape.

There is redevelopment everywhere in this part of Brooklyn

More redevelopment.

Older apartments are right next to...

...newer ones.

This neighborhood is very hot for young people.

Although there is a saying in Brooklyn that once the baby carriages show up the hipsters move out. I saw plenty of both in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.

There are a number of art film studios in the area. I love this rendering of the iconic New York water tank.

This fence had lots of fiber graffiti. It is a fenced in section of Bushwick Inlet Park which has been the target of a great deal of neighborhood activism.

An old industrial site that looks like it is about to become part of the park.

There is a confusing bit of dueling parklands adjacent to Bushwick Inlet Park, a City Park, in that it is adjacent to East River State Park.

Nice views of the city can be seen from the state park or was it the city park?

This is an odd little park, Grand Ferry Park, which is the landing site of an old 19th century ferry that took passengers from Williamsburg to Manhattan.

Some nice murals note the Puerto Rican heritage in the area.

There was a ton of street filming when I was out and about. This part of Brooklyn has a particular "look" that goes well with TV crime shows.

A nice view of the hardworking Williamsburg Bridge approach.

The Williamsburg Bridge.

Another view.

There is redevelopment everywhere in Williamsburg along the waterfront.

An apartment building in Williamsburg.

Meow! A fence up near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. There was meow graffiti for several blocks.

There was an interesting little park near the Navy Yard that is the former potters field for the Navy Yard hospital.

A boardwalk around the site.

The Navy Yard is really old and some of the fences and gates show its age.


The Navy Yard has had a major resurgence. It is now home to lots of new businesses including the Steiner Studio operations. Many films and television shows are created here.

Another gate into the Navy Yard.

There is ample room for new industrial development here.

Another gate. There was a whiskey tasting going on at a distillery.

This mural recognizing the African American role in the history of the Navy Yard is located on the border of Vinegar Hill and the Navy Yard.

Vinegar Hill, which is a neighborhood between the DUMBO (Down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighborhood and the Navy Yard, is a mix of residential and industrial land uses. This is the residential...

...and this is the industrial.

Another residential/commercial view.

Looking toward DUMBO and the Manhattan Bridge.
Part 1. Port Washington to Manhasset
Part 2. Manhasset, Kings Point, Great Neck, Little Neck

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