City Island Bridge: January 20, 2014

We crossed the City Island Bridge onto City Island. 

City Island is a small island that looks like a quaint waterfront town.  It has its own public school, post office and library.  City Island Avenue is the main street with dead end cross streets lined with houses.  It is well known for its seafood resturants.

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We first had a late lunch at Artie’s Restaurant.

 photo_1(2)The food and service were very good.  Many of the restaurants and shops are closed on Mondays, especially in the winter.

While walking along City Island Avenue, we spotted this twisted tree outside one restaurant that was closed…

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…and this cute little Hawkins Park

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While driving around, we came across this ferry dock to Hart Island, which was closed.  Visiting is limited.  It was purchased in 1868 and currently serves as Potter’s Field.  The History of Hart Island reveals many more past uses.   The dock is on Fordham Street on City island.

Hart Island Ferry Dock

Hart Island Ferry Dock

We then walked across the City Island Bridge. photo(489)

It was getting rather brisk!

It was getting rather brisk!

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Allison has been longing to get to the beach, so while on the mainland, we walked down to the shore line…photo(424) photo(431)

…and then crossed back to City Island on the opposite side of the bridge.

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City Island Bridge:

Type:   Swing Bridge

Length:   950 Ft./290 M

Crosses:   Eastchester Bay

Connects:  City Island to Northeastern Bronx

Opened:   July 4, 1901

Carries:   3 lanes of traffic on City Island Road

2 pedestrian sidewalks

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Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge: October 28, 2013

After leaving the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, I continued south along Cross Bay Blvd through the small community of Broad Channel.  I parked on a side street near the entrance to the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge.  This is a toll bridge.  There is only one pedestrian walkway on the east.  To reach the walkway, you go through the employee parking lot and behind employee locker rooms and you come out past the toll plaza.

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The Cross Bay Bridge connects Broad Channel to the Rockaways peninsula.  As you exit the bridge you continue west towards Breezy Point and Jacob Riis Park or you go east towards Far Rockaway.  The peninsula is only a few blocks wide.  On the north is Jamaica Bay and on the south is the Atlantic Ocean and the Rockaway beaches.  The elevated A train runs along Beach Channel Drive serving the communities and the beaches.

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As you reach the Rockaways, you can see the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.

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A local business at the foot of the bridge.  It is a restaurant and also rents water vehicles.

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The bridge from the shore.

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Beginning my return across the bridge to Broad Channel.

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Weather measuring device

Weather measuring device

This weather measuring device is atop a post mid span on the bridge.

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This flag is at the toll plaza.  It was flying at half staff in honor of those lost during Super Storm Sandy.

I just happened to cross both the Joseph P. Addabbo and Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridges on the first anniversary of Super Storm Sandy.  Driving through Broad Channel, I noticed a yellow Restricted sticker on one of the houses, indicating that it is unsafe to occupy.

Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge

Type of bridge:   Fixed Bridge

Length:  3000 ft

Opened:  May 28. 1970

Spans:  Jamaica Bay

Carries:  Vehicles, Pedestrians, Bicyclists;  Cross Bay Blvd.

Toll:  $3.75

Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge: October 28, 2013

The Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge is the first of 2 bridges that connect Queens to the Rockaways crossing  Jamaica Bay.

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It is located just below Howard Beach, Queens.  Cross Bay Blvd. starts as Woodhaven Blvd further north in Queens and becomes Cross Bay Blvd. south of the Belt Parkway.  Cross Bay Blvd. is the main commercial street through Howard Beach.    To the east, the commercial district is separated from the residential community by the eight blocks long Shellbank Basin.

Shellbank Basin

Shellbank Basin

Swans in Shellbank Basin

Swans in Shellbank Basin

Along Cross Bay Blvd., along with stores of various kinds, are several restaurants and catering halls.

I drove across the bridge and parked in the North Channel parking lot.

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I then walked along the waterfront observing the water fowl.

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Planes continuously took off from JFK Airport and trains continued on to the Rockaways.

A train crosses the trestle towards the Rockaways

A train crosses the trestle towards the Rockaways

Coconuts along the waterfront

Coconuts along the waterfront

Along the beach there were several coconuts.  I later asked a ranger at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge about this.  He said Hindis make offerings to the gods by tossing fruits and flowers into the bay.

The pedestrian walkways on both sides of the  Addabbo Bridge are used by anglers.

Angler taking a nap waiting for a nibble

Angler taking a nap waiting for a nibble

At various times of the year one can catch Stripe Bass, Bluefish, Blacks, Sea Bass, Flukes, Flounder, Sea Robins, Eels, Wheatfish. Since this was October, there were only a few groups of people fishing.  None of them had caught anything.

The chain link French separates cyclists from walkers and fishermen. It also serves as a place to tie their bags.

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I walked north on the east side of the bridge and returned on the west side.  From there I could see the Manhattan skyline and  birds silhouetted against the bright afternoon sun.

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South of the bridge is the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

This is a refuge for several species of birds.  The refuge provides layover spots for migrating birds who fly along the Atlantic Flyway.  There are trails around West Pond and East Pond with various view points for observing wildlife.  There are also 2 bird blinds for observing the birds without disturbing them.

The Current bridge was built as a replacement of the old North Channel Bridge.  Construction began in 1988.

Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge

Crosses:  Jamaica Bay to Broad Channel

Carries:  Vehicles, Bicyclists, Pedestrians

Length:  Approx .7 miles

Little Neck Bridge: October 2, 2013

Little Neck Bridge is a small bridge in Bayside, Queens, on Northern Blvd just east of the Cross Island Parkway.

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It Crosses Alley Creek, which has just recently undergone a water quality improvement project.

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Alley Creek also feeds into Alley Pond Park.  Alley Pond Park extends south with several trails, wetlands, parks, athletic fields and recreational areas. There is a new facility, Alley Pond Park Adventure Course, with team building activities.

Just west of the bridge, on Northern Blvd. is the Alley Pond Environmental Center, better known as APEC, which sponsors a wide range of educational and recreational programs for school groups, children of all ages and adults.

There are several animals for children to learn about.

There are several animals for children to learn about.

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APEC is a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental education for the public, which was opened in 1976.  I visited APEC to register for a series of watercolor classes being offered starting in November.  There is a wooden walkway that extends to Alley Creek for observations.

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Deborah with Alley Creek and Little Neck Bridge

Deborah with Alley Creek and Little Neck Bridge

There are also walking trails that continue around the creek. Deborah along wetland trail

Deborah along wetland trail

Deborah along wetland trail

Across Northern Blvd. is a walking path along Little Neck Bay that extends north 2.5 miles to Fort Totten.  Fort Totten is at the base of the Throgs Neck Bridge.  At the midway point along the trail is the Bayside Marina, which can be accessed from the north bound lanes of the Cross Island Parkway.

Back on Northern Blvd, east of the bridge on the north side of Northern Blvd., is the Alley Pond Golf Center,  imagewhich is known for its driving range but also has a miniature course, pro shop and snack bar.    There also are instructors available.

There are several driving posts

There are several driving posts

Miniature Golf

Miniature Golf

Deborah on north side of Little Neck Bridge

Deborah on north side of Little Neck Bridge

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This is the view from the north side of the bridge.  In the distance is a bridge which carries the Long Island Railroad.

Little Neck Bridge

Crosses:   Alley Creek

Opened:  1931

George Washington Bridge: September 2, 2013

I felt like a storm chaser in reverse.  I wanted to see the world’s largest free flowing American flag, hanging from the New Jersey tower of the George Washington Bridge  and capture it in one of my bridge walks.  The day threatened with thunderstorms, so I felt I would have to wait for some other time.  After a heavy rain, the sky seemed to be clearing, so I decided to give it a try. I gave Jason 1/2 hour to get ready and off we went racing to get to the George Washington Bridge before the flag was put back into storage. Finding a parking spot was easy as I saw someone pull out as I drove down a block just a block away from the entrance. Anyone who is familiar with parking in Washington Heights knows how lucky I was.

As we began our trek, I noticed the flag was twisted, (which I have learned, is part of the process of hanging and removing the flag) but we were too far to see it clearly.  When we finally got a bit closer, I noticed that it was GONE!   I will have to wait till one of the next times which will be Columbus Day or Veteran’s Day.  The flag is flown from the New Jersey Tower on 8 holidays;  Martin Luther King, Jr Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veteran’s Day and any other time deemed appropriate.   We did, however have an enjoyable time crossing into New Jersey and back to New York.  Jason has bicycled across before but this was my first crossing. The bridge closes to pedestrians and cyclists at midnight.

The George Washington Bridge connects Manhattan, New York to Ft. Lee, New Jersey.  This bridge is the world’s most used bridge for vehicular traffic.  This bridge has been awarded Landmark status.

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and there are gates that are locked at either end.

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The George Washington Bridge spans the Hudson River from upper Manhattan to Fort Lee, New Jersey

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This is the upper west side of Manhattan.

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Sadly noticed are several signs for those in need of emotional help, with several available hotline phones.

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The railing though is rather low.  I feel there should be higher fences installed.

The structure of the bridge is fascinating to look at. As you walk around the towers, you can see the huge spotlights used to light them. I looked down under the bridge from the tower on the New York side and was able to see The Little Red Lighthouse.

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I had taken my granddaughter there in January to see it.  While standing under the bridge and looking up at it, she commented “That’s a really big bridge!”

"That's a really big bridge!"“That’s a really big bridge!”

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From here I could also see the lower roadway that was added several years later.

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The noise level is a bit high to say the least.  The sound is louder as vehicles cross over the expansion joints. The visibility  of New York City was low due to the cloudiness.

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I would have liked to see some of the rock faced cliffs of the Palisades but they are better viewed from the north side which is closed.

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Some of the many lights that light the bridge at night.

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On the New Jersey bank there is a boat launch and I watched a boat approaching. There were also jet skiers on the river.

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On the New Jersey side, there is a memorial plaque honoring P. O. Bruce Reynolds who perished on September 11, 2001.

P.O. Bruce Reynolds Memorial

We are now entering New Jersey.

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Once in New Jersey we looked for someplace nearby to eat, but there wasn’t anything visibly near so we ate the sandwiches and then headed back to New York.  We saw the entrance to the Palisades ark and will definitely have to stop by at a later time.

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Entrance to lower level as seen from the street in Fort Lee, NJ

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As we were taking pictures near the NJ tower, we spoke with another pedestrian who was also wondering where the flag was.  She had seen it from New York and came to get a closer look only to be as disappointed as we were. The George Washington Bridge or GWB, connects Washington Heights section of Manhattan, New York to  Fort Lee, New Jersey.  Interstate 95 crosses the bridge. The apartments often referred to on traffic reports, are built over the approach roads to the GWB.  A block away is the George Washington Bridge Bus Station, which is a transportation hub.  It has direct access to the upper level of the bridge.

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It was already getting dark as we returned to Manhattan.

 

George Washington Bridge

Type:  Suspension

Length:  4760 f / 1450 m

Width:  119 f /36 m

Crosses:  Hudson River

Connects:  Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York to Fort Lee, New Jersey

Opened:  Upper level – October 24, 1931    Lower level – August 29,  1962

Carries:  Upper level – 8 lanes vehicular traffic      Lower level – 6 lanes non commercial traffic   Southwalk for Pedestrian & bicycle use   Northwalk is closed.

Marine Parkway – Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge: August 27, 2013

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.

Further down is Grand Army Plaza  which is at the north end of Prospect Park.  Also in this area and the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park Zoo, and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

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.

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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.

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We parked the car in the parking lot in Floyd Bennett Field and then walked to the bridge entrance.

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There are signs posted that bicycles must be walked across the pedestrian walkway.

Riding prohibited!“Riding prohibited”

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.

Setting sunJamaica Bay

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It was very cloudy with a slight comfortable breeze and rain was threatening.   We saw kayakers and small motor boaters fishing near the bridge.

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Valerie, Renee and Henry

Valerie, Renee and Henry

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The intricate structures of the bridges are fascinating to see!

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Appropriate Warning!Good advice!

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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.

Signs directing you to Riis Park, Far Rockaways & Breezy PointSigns to the Rockaways

We enjoyed some time on the Rockaway shore of Jamaica Bay before the return walk across the bridge.

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A luxury cruiser passed under the bridge while we were on the shore.  The returning channel was nearer to the northern bank.

Signs directing traffic to Brooklyn or to the beachBridge approach to Brooklyn

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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

Williamsburg Bridge: July 28, 2013

This bridge walk was across the Williamsburg Bridge from the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn to the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  The bridge crosses the East River.  Allison and I followed signs to the bicycle path of the bridge which is on the north side of the bridge, or the west/Manhattan bound side.  We did not see signs to the pedestrian path, which was a few blocks back on the south side of the bridge, or the east/Brooklyn bound  side of the bridge.  We parked the car on the street alongside the bicycle entrance to the bridge.  As we began, there was a light rain which ended soon enough.  The rest of the afternoon was cloudy and very comfortable walking weather.

Just across from the entrance is the Holy Trinity Cathedral Orthodox Church which is housed in a building that used to be the Williamsburgh Trust Company.

Holy Trinity Cathedral Orthodox Church

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Across the street from this church is Continental Army Plaza with a statue of George Washington at Valley Forge

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and across from the park is a row of the Citi bicycles just at the entrance to the bridge.

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And so we began our trek!

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and leaving Brooklyn, photo(362)headed towards Manhattan.  You walk alongside the vehicle traffic until the walkway is high enough to clear the road. It then curves inward and over the car traffic.photo(358)    Then you walk alongside the train tracks, eventually walking alongside, but above the tracks.

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From the bridge you can see the old Domino Sugar Refinery which has been bought by a developer.  There are plans for development but not without controversy.   A photo gallery of inside the sugar refinery can be seen here.

The walkways are encased in a pink metal grid which has the feel of being in a cage.photo(354)

Midway, there is a crossover section that crosses over the train tracks and allows people to access the other side.  The tracks can be seen below.

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The structure of the bridge is fascinating to look at up close.  While driving across the bridge, one does not get to see how intricate and beautiful the structure is.

As we approached the Manhattan side of the bridge we could see parks along the East River and the FDR East River Drive.  Beyond that is the Lower East Side Housing

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At the Manhattan end, the two roadways meet and continue to the street.  Where the walkways merge, there is a sign identifying the bridge.

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Under all the Graffiti, the sign reads:

City of New York  —  Williamsburg Bridge    —   Department of Bridges

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The J train has now gone underground and the roads continue in the middle and the cars are now on either side.

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On the south side of the bridge is the fire station; Engine 15,  Ladder 18 , 4th Battalion Chief

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And now we have arrived in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

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The Lower East Side of Manhattan has its own history.  The mall through the center of Allen Street chronicles the major waves of immigration to the Lower East Side and Chinatown.  It is nicknamed the Avenue of the Immigrants.

Africa   1600’s – 1850’s                                 Ireland   1800’s – 1900’s

Irish potato Famine   1845

Germany  1840’s – 1860’s

China   1850’s – 1882

Chinese Exclusion Act    1882 – 1943

Puerto Rico & Cuba     1850’s – 1898

Russia & Poland   1881 – 1924

Romania, Hungary, Lithuania, Ukraine   1881 – 1924

Italy  1880’s – 1920

Turkey & Greece  1900

Jones act grants U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans   1917

Puerto Rico   1917 – 1970’s

China, Taiwan, Hong Kong   1965 – 1980’s

1965  Immigration and Nationality Act ends quotas

Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador     1965 – present

China Fujian    1980’s – present

The Tenement Museum on Orchard Street, chronicles America’s urban immigrant history.

The Lower East Side has a strong Hispanic flair.   The LES  also has an artistic presence with businesses catering to the young crowd.  There are several  restaurants, many with open walls and/or outside tables.

This week is part of Restaurant Week and Allison found a participating restaurant, Rayuela, for us to have lunch.  The food is excellent! and the staff is friendly.

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Allison & Deborah inside Rayuela RestaurantAllison & Deborah inside Rayuela Restaurant

After lunch we strolled around the neighborhood for awhile before heading back across the bridge.    Orchard street closes to traffic on Sundays to encourage strolling and shopping.  We also visited Broadfoot & Broadfoot art gallery showing art work of a new artist.

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Although we didn’t eat here,  the music coming from the top floor party room of DL; Delancy & Ludlow, was hard to ignore.

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Typical street cornerTypical Lower East Side intersection

We also stopped in the Essex Street Market.  It’s an indoor market with individual vendors selling their wares of foods of every kind.

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We then headed back to the bridge for our return trip.photo(314)The Williamsburg Bridge was designated landmark status in 2009.

We began our walk back to Brooklyn.

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The East River meanders around lower Manhattan.  In the distance are the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.

We returned on the pedestrian walkway on the south side of the bridge.  Here there was much more graffiti.  “Artists” don’t have to worry about bicyclists as they draw on the walkway.  The paths have almost a park like atmosphere about them.  There were a lot of bicyclists, runners and families.  Some small groups were playing  and sitting and talking.

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As we approached Brooklyn, we could see remnants of the old Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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The Gretsch Building was once a musical instrument factory and has been converted to upscale residential apartments.

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This is where the roads divides again.  The last part of the walkway here is secluded and I wouldn’t want to walk down here late at night.  This ends a few block further back from the entrance to the bicycle path.  We had to cross under the roadway to get to the other side where the car was parked

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As vehicular traffic exits the bridge, the roads lead to the local streets or directly to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.

I will have to explore the neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn at another time.  It is a unique and changing neighborhood.

Just as we got back to the car, it started to rain heavily.  The rains held up just for our walk!

REVISIT TO WILLIAMSBURG BROOKLYN, JUNE 22, 2014:

Since I pointed out the Domino Sugar Factory when I crossed the bridge last year, it was only fitting that I visit the exhibit housed there until July 6th.

Today I visited the Domino Sugar Factory where  Kara Walker’s “Subtlety”  is currently housed to bring awareness to the use of slaves in the production of sugar and sugar products.

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The factory closed in 2004.  The walls are still coated with molasses from raw sugar that was stored in this warehouse.

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Following this  exhibit, which will close on July 6th, the factory will be torn down to make way for luxury apartments.  This area of Williamsburg is gradually replacing warehouses and industry with higher prices residences, changing the dynamics of the neighborhood.

After spending time viewing “Subtlety” we went to see the Williamsburg Savings Bank building which is alongside the eastbound roadway of the Williamsburg Bridge.

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When crossing the bridge last summer, the building was covered in scaffolding.  The iconic building has undergone a major renovation.

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Behind the building one of the subway trains can be seen crossing the bridge.

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This building now is used as an event center, but for those who grew up in NYC, this building will always be the Williamsburg Savings Bank building.

WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE

Type of Bridge:  Suspension bridge and Truss Causeway

Length:  7308 ft -2227 m

Width:  118 ft  – 36 m

Longest Span:  1600 ft  490 m

Crosses:  East River

Connects:  Lower East Side of Manhattan to Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Opened:  December 19, 1903

Carries:  8 Lanes of roadway,   2 Rail tracks (J,M,Z lines), Bicycle and Pedestrian roads