Yes yes yall. And you don’t stop. To the beat yall. And it don’t stop.
Wow, just wow. We are making it happen, peoples. After this post, only two walks remain!
But enough masturbatory writing. Let’s get it started!
Length: 5 3/4 miles
Navigation: Pretty easy
Weather: Cool at the beginning, warm towards the end
The walk has been sectioned into four parts: (1) Gerritsen Beach, (2) Marine Park (the actual park), (3) Marine Park (the neighborhood) and (4) Mill Basin.
1. Gerritsen Beach
I was very excited to visit these neighborhoods because I have always been interested in the more remote, hard-to-reach parts of Brooklyn. That, and I heard nice things about all three neighborhoods. Right off the bat, Gerritsen Beach did not disappoint.
I really enjoyed walking through these tiny little streets. It felt like somebody took a bit of down-the-shore Americana and stuck it at the edge of Brooklyn. It was very quiet and people were very friendly.
The Gerritsen Beach part of the walk concluded with a glimpse of the Tomaqua Marina, inconspicuously nestled among the small residential neighborhood.
2. Marina Park (actual park)
This park is part of the larger Gateway Recreational Center, which also includes parts of Queens, Staten Island and New Jersey. Before I actually entered the park, I got a nice view of the Marine Parkway Bridge off in the distance.
Once I entered the park, this Brooklyn walk became…a Brooklyn hike!
I was stoked! You see, before I moved to Brooklyn, I was an avid hiker. It all started when I visited the Holy Land and…eh, it’s kind of a boring story.
But the bad news was that most of the park was closed. I could only go so deep into the hiking trail. They didn’t offer a reason, just a big metal gate with a “no trespassing” sign.
That was disappointing. However, I tried not to let it ruin the walk. Here’s some photos I managed to grab:
3. Marine Park (the neighborhood)
The book had me take in a little bit of the surrounding namesaked neighborhood. It was cute.
Then a mural happened.
But the coolest part of this neighborhood is the Lenape Playground!
Intermission: Pastrami Sandwich at Mill Basin Deli
After the park, I scurried around a bit until I ended up at the Mill Basin Deli.
The book describes the place as the best kosher deli in all five boroughs. So you know I had to at least try their pastrami sandwich.
Damnit, now I want another one.
5. Mill Basin
Mill Basin is an incredibly rich display of suburbia. There are a lot of huge houses with front and back yards here. This one was my favorite:
In summation, I’d have to say that the walk was very rewarding.
But since I alluded to my fondness of hikes, allow me to share with you some of my favorite pictures that my wife and I took doing same.
I hope you enjoyed that.
Next up: East New York & Canarsie Pier!