The Marine Parkway – Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge connects Brooklyn to The Rockaways, in Queens. The bridge is at the end of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn and crosses Jamaica Bay. This was a late afternoon/sunset crossing. There was no time to check the area in Rockaway before heading back across the bridge. I will have to visit the area at a later time.
Flatbush Avenue runs north-south from the Manhattan Bridge to the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. Most of Flatbush Ave is commercial going through several neighborhoods along the way. Near the north end, not too far from the Manhattan Bridge, is the Brooklyn terminal of the Long Island Railroad. Across Atlantic Avenue from the LIRR is the newly opened Barclays Center sports and entertainment complex.
South of the Belt Parkway is a stretch of recreational facilities including a golf driving range, a marina and Aviator Sports Center in Floyd Bennett Field. Floyd Bennett Field is an old air field that is now part of the Gateway National Recreation Area.
Floyd Bennett Field has several family programs available. There are camping sites, fishing, a boat ramp for small craft. There are family camping sites and group camping sites for non-profit groups. There is also a school camping program during the school year. Teachers and staff must take a training course before being able to participate in this program. While teaching, I took students there for at least 10 years.
The North Forty is a woodland area that has a hiking trail and Return–Gift pond. There is also a trail on the west side of Flatbush Avenue to Dead Horse Bay This is a good area to go bird watching for migrating birds.
The Ryan Center, which has undergone an extensive renovation, now serves as the Administration Building
Hanger B is a large hanger that houses and restores old airplanes. It is open 3 days a week.
We parked at Floyd Bennett Field and then walked to The Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge which is just beyond the park’s entrance.
We parked the car in the parking lot in Floyd Bennett Field and then walked to the bridge entrance.
There are signs posted that bicycles must be walked across the pedestrian walkway.
Of the several bicycles that crossed, only one cyclist was walking. We had to be constantly on the lookout for fast moving bicycles.
As we began, the sun was already beginning to set.
It was very cloudy with a slight comfortable breeze and rain was threatening. We saw kayakers and small motor boaters fishing near the bridge.
The intricate structures of the bridges are fascinating to see!
Jacob Riis Park, just at the foot of the bridge, Ft. Tilden and Breezy Point Tip, are part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. Also at this end of the peninsula is the neighborhood of Breezy Point. Breezy Point sustained massive damages during Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012.
We enjoyed some time on the Rockaway shore of Jamaica Bay before the return walk across the bridge.
A luxury cruiser passed under the bridge while we were on the shore. The returning channel was nearer to the northern bank.
The weather held out for us this day. As soon as we got back to the car, it began to rain!
Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge:
Type: Vertical lift
Length: 4022 ft / 1225.9 m
Longest span: 540 f / 164.6 m
Crosses: Jamaica Bay
Connects: Brooklyn to Rockaway, Queens
Opened: July 3, 1937
Carries: Two lanes each way of vehicle traffic and one pedestrian walkway on the western side