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Staten Island Boardwalk and Beach

Staten Island BoardwalkStaten Island Boardwalk, named after Franklin Delano Roosevelt, is the worlds 4th longest boardwalk. It was built in 1935, at the time of the Great Depression, financed by government and aimed to provide jobs to many workers of that time.

The boardwalk spans almost from the Verrazano Bridge on the North to Miller Field on the South. There is a bike / rollerblades path going alongside the boardwalk together with many other attractions.

 

There are various ways to get here. The easiest one - by car - there are many parking lots in different areas of the boardwalk. It is also possible to get here by public transit - taking the Staten Island Ferry from Manhattan and bus S51 or S52 from the St George Ferry Terminal to one of the bus stops alongside the boardwalk.

To travel with a bicycle, it might be a good idea to take a train from the St George Terminal down to Dongan Hills station, and ride the bicycle from there East to the boardwalk via the Seaview avenue for around 10-15 minutes.

It is also possible to take express bus X4, X5, X7 or X8 from Manhattan to the boardwalk and beach - it will take 25-30 minutes from Downtown, Manhattan if there is not too much traffic. There are also buses going from Brooklyn to Staten Island, but they are not going straight to the boardwalk so change is required.

Starting from the South, Miller Field, the boardwalk begins as a tiled road running North with the beach on one side and BBQ area, Turtle Fountain and playgrounds on another.

Staten Island Boardwalk

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The Turtle Fountain comes first. The spurts of water are blowing from the ground, there is no fence and the fountain is designed to let people walk in it.

Staten Island Boardwalk

Children especially enjoy running in there.

Staten Island Boardwalk

On the other side of the boardwalk there is a life-guarded beach area.

Staten Island Boardwalk

Lifeguards are on duty from 10 am to 6 pm during the summer, they are uniformed in bright orange cloths and are ready to provide help if needed.

Staten Island Boardwalk

Compared to another life-guarded swimming area later on the boardwalk, near the {South Fin}, this one is the least crowded. There are also restroom and shower facilities located nearby.

Staten Island Boardwalk

Staten Island Boardwalk

Verrazano Bridge is seen from almost anywhere on the boardwalk, including this beach area. Coney Island, Brooklyn is pretty far but is also seen on a good day from the boardwalk, as well as two artificial islands - Swinburne and Hoffman.

Staten Island Boardwalk

Staten Island Boardwalk

The tiled road runs North with a bike lane and an unprotected beach on the right side and baseball and soccer fields on the left. There are benches and drinking fountains along the road that provide relief to joggers and walkers during the hot summer days.

Staten Island Boardwalk

After about 20 minute walk the tiled road ends and an elevated wooden boardwalk begins, with the Freedom Circle on its southern end, featuring US flags of different periods.

Staten Island Boardwalk

The bicycle lane also splits: those, who prefer high speed can go left to an asphalted bike road, while those who like a nice ocean view in exchange to the speed can go right and up to the boardwalk.

Staten Island Boardwalk

The boardwalk is just a perfect place for a walk to let mind and soul rest, enjoying great view of the ocean, Verrazano bridge, beach, Brooklyn and trees. It is good both - at night and during the day.

Staten Island Boardwalk

The elevated bike lane goes on the left side of the boardwalk, but due to the nature of the surface, it is not pleasant to ride fast so bicyclists are forced to slow down. Benches are standing on the ocean side of the boardwalk so that the view resting people get is not obstructed by those passing by.

One of the first remarkable things on the boardwalk is the Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier that goes far into the ocean. People can fish from it all the year round and it is equipped with fish preparation tables for their convenience. The view from the pier is even better than from the boardwalk itself.

Staten Island Boardwalk

Staten Island Boardwalk

Staten Island Boardwalk

Staten Island Boardwalk

Staten Island Boardwalk

Staten Island Boardwalk

For the next half mile or so, the boardwalk just goes straight North with nothing that could distract visitors from enjoying their walk. The asphalted bike road runs to its left and an unprotected beach to its right.

Staten Island Boardwalk

Staten Island Boardwalk

There are several parking lots along the boardwalk and during the summer or warm days in Spring / Autumn ice cream vendors are standing there.

Staten Island Boardwalk

Going a bit further, the boardwalk becomes a bit more busy with the two swimming areas with lifeguard, baseball fields, children playgrounds, ice cream cafe and restaurant South Fin Grill.

Staten Island Boardwalk

Staten Island Boardwalk

South Fin arouses dual feelings: on one hand, it stands on a boardwalk and it might be very nice to dine in there with an outstanding view of the ocean or have a wedding banquet in such a romantic place. But on the other hand many people do not like that the restaurant takes the city public space for its own needs, limiting and causing obstacles and troubles to the boardwalk joggers and bicycle riders. For example, the restaurant has occupied a piece of land on the beach to host wedding ceremonies with palm trees and chairs for the guests installed. In addition to that, some time back restaurant insisted that Department of Parks installed a fence on the asphalted bicycle road, cutting out a piece of the bike path so thatbicyclistscould not use it close to the restaurant not to interfere with the restaurant guests as it has the valet parking lot right on and across the bike path. The fence was removed after the city received many complains about it and some people even got hurt. Anyway, it is very strange that the restaurant that is supposed to serves the community is trying to harm it instead.

Staten Island Boardwalk

Staten Island Boardwalk

Staten Island Boardwalk

Shortly after the restaurant and cafe the elevated boardwalk ends.

Staten Island Boardwalk

The area next to the boardwalk end is designed like a park with children playground, seating area and boccie playground.

Staten Island Boardwalk

Staten Island Boardwalk

Staten Island Boardwalk

Staten Island Boardwalk

Staten Island Boardwalk

Unexperienced visitor can think that there is nothing more interesting on this side of the island, but that is not true! There is much more to see as the bike path continues - a road heading North to Verrazano Bridge, Fort Wadsworth and Author Von Briessen Park.

By the way, Staten Island beach used to be much different.. In the end of 19th century and beginning of 20th, it used to be a place for summer vacations and rest for the entire New York area with theaters, restaurants and amusement park.

Alice Austen, Staten Island beach, 19th century

However later in the 20th century it got abandoned and reached its current shape only recently.

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It would be gratefull if you could translate all your photoposts in russian version of your blog. It's more interesting than posts about gloves)))

 
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Too much work. But maybe one day...

 
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I am on the Homeowners Association here on Ftr Cap and we would like to know when the Boardwalk will be open. Bklyn,NJ is open-again the forgotten Borough?

 
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Honestly, I don't know. I've heard that corps of engineers might be building something to protect the housing along the shore and the boardwalk is not being repaired not to waste money in case they decide to remove it or replace it with something else.

 

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