AT Walks The Island 2009: 16 Miles in BKLYN & an Amazing Day
We did it again, and this time with the biggest group ever and the longest route ever, but we still caught the sunset over the Statue of Liberty. Last Sunday just over 35 of us gathered out at Nathan’s hot dog stand on Surf Avenue at Coney Island at 9am and set out to walk all the way through Brooklyn, ending up over the Brooklyn Bridge and finishing at the Battery. At 5pm, 27 of us finished and 25 got into the final picture.
This year’s walk was different because we stepped off of Broadway for the first time and chose a rather circuitous route through Brooklyn. While not always as scenic, it was definitely new and fresh and it fit the bill by walking all of us through many neighborhoods we’d never walked through before (though some of us passed their own homes along our route!).
We started by heading along the boardwalk, then turned down Ocean Avenue for awhile before switching to Coney Island Avenue and then a zig through Ditmas Park. Arriving at Prospect Park for lunch we all took a break and ate, then started up again by walking through the heart of the park – soooo sunny – before heading down Flatbush, taking a left on Atlantic, then a right on Cadman which took us right over the – very crowded bridge. The Battery was just a hop, skip and a jump from there.
This year’s trip was a bit tougher because we had to stop more often to check our route, which I would like to NOT do again. It’s far preferable to walk one clear route all the way. Next year we’ll make a much clearer route and we may go back to Broadway, unless something more delicious pops up.
In the meantime, thanks to everyone who made it and see you next year!
SOME PICS BY FELLOW WALKER TIM GOODVIN