Come see the setting sun from Williamsburg’s shoreline
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Sunsets are spectacular even when the weather’s moody if you stand on the right snippet of shoreline in Williamsburg.
Fall has just arrived, and folks want to get outdoors as much as possible while temps remain reasonably warm. So even on dreary days, a sunset stroll is eminently worthwhile at Bushwick Inlet Park and adjacent East River State Park.
Entrances to both parks can be found on Kent Avenue near North 9th Street. A metal fence separates the two public spaces.
To help you remember which one’s which, city-owned Bushwick Inlet Park is the one with the soccer field. East River State Park, as its name suggests, is a state-run facility. It has picnic tables and a children’s playground.
When we stopped by Bushwick Inlet Park on a recent evening, clouds were scuttling over the horizon in a big, dramatic way. The view of the East River facing the Williamsburg Bridge and Manhattan’s World Trade Center called to mind the skies in famed British painter J.M.W. Turner’s darker works.
At the park, some people sat on benches by a grove of trees, taking in the scenery.
Others ventured onto the rock-strewn shoreline and gazed at the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. In that direction, the clouds had a milder, more benign look.
A couple strolled on a grassy lawn. Behind them, in the distance, glassy facades on the apartment towers at the NYC Ferry’s North Williamsburg stop reflected the last light of day.
Next door at East River State Park, birds flitted around a planter that was built especially for them.
Folks who had been flying kites congregated by the water’s edge.
Other people ventured onto the park’s sandy beach to snap selfies or do a little reading before darkness fell.
Before leaving the park, we photographed a viewfinder that looks like it has a human face, or a friendly alien’s, maybe.
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