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Tour of Brooklyn 2017 - Coney Island to Rockaway Beach

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MTA Station / Dunkin Donuts (meet here)

Stillwell Avenue & Surf Avenue

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This year our annual tour of Brooklyn will bring us to Rockaway Beach, Queens . Our 12-mile walk starts in the middle of Coney Island and continues around Sheepshead Bay, cross the bridge to Rockaway Beach and famous Jacob Riis Park and boardwalk. It will be a fine remembrance of past summers in this area.

Coney Island, famous for its honky-tonk boardwalk, is a contrast with the open spaces and historic art deco look of Rockaway Beach. We begin this walk at the Stillwell Ave station in Coney Island where we left off last year on our annual journey through various parts of Brooklyn.

Arrive: Best - take F train subway - to Stillwell Ave / Coney Island Station (D, N, & Q trains also available at this station.)
Start: Meet inside MTA station, in front of Dunkin’ Donuts, by the Surf Avenue exit.

We'll walk the north end of Coney Island into Brighton Beach, then around Sheepshead Bay to Flatbush Avenue and Floyd Bennett Field, a limited use airport with an interesting historical background . We cross over Marine Parkway Bridge, walk past Ft. Tilden Historic District (former US Army Artillery Post) and arrive in Jacob Riis Park in Rockaway.

Dubbed "The People's Beach," Jacob Riis Park—part of Gateway National Recreation Area—is a popular summer destination steeped in history. Today its sand, surf, seaside recreation areas and famous Art Deco bathhouse is a popular destination for all New York City.

Opened in 1932, the restored bathhouse an architectural landmark is home to a variety of ranger-led programs and history exhibits. The park is named in honor of Jacob Riis, the famed New York City journalist and photographer who documented the plight of the poor and working class in the city's tenements. Today, the park's ocean beach and landscaped walkways, boardwalks and courtyards still provide city dwellers, many of them new immigrants, an opportunity to spread out and enjoy the open air.

Leave: Best - take NYC Ferry from 108th Street in Rockaway Park to Pier 11/Wall Street.
Start: Meet at ferry terminal at 108th St. - (alternate place to wait to be posted later)
Optional: Take nearby A train at Beach 116th St back to Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens

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Stillwell Avenue & Surf Avenue

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