Make like a tourist on the Sunset Park ferry to the Rockaways
Eye on Real Estate
Such a ferry fine shoreline.
The new Sunset Park ferry allows us to see beloved Bay Ridge from the waters of New York Harbor.
We know that the principal purpose of the recently inaugurated Rockaway-Sunset Park-Wall Street route is to serve commuters. See related story. But for real-estate nerds, it’s great fun to ride the ferry and look at buildings and other scenery, just like the tourists do.
Moments after the boat leaves Sunset Park’s Pier 4, we see the leafy greenery of Owl’s Head Park and then the 69th Street Pier — where Bay Ridge’s NYC Ferry dock is being constructed. Service is scheduled to start there this summer.
Shore Road’s fine houses and Fort Hamilton High School, with its distinctive tower and columns, draw the eye. Though we’ve taken lots of pictures of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, it’s a new experience to photograph it from a boat.
After sailing along the shoreline of Bath Beach, suddenly we can see the beachfront homes in Sea Gate, the private community on the western end of Coney Island. Then we see amusement-park rides including the iconic Parachute Jump and Wonder Wheel, with sober-looking Coney Island apartment buildings serving as a backdrop.
We spot the distinctive architecture of the Kingsborough Community College building at the tip of Manhattan Beach. Later, we sail beneath the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, which connects Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field and the Rockaways’ Jacob Riis Park.
The Rockaway ferry dock is at Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive.
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