From Coney Island to the Brooklyn Bridge

Participants: Ryan and Thanassis

When: August 9th, 2009

Started: 9:30 am on Coney Island Beach where Stillwell Avenue meets the Atlantic

Finished: 4:30 pm at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge

Total Distance: 14.52 miles (according to Google Maps)

Weather: high of 24 C, overcast and scattered very light rain


Last summer I walked through Manhattan. It was a great experience. So much so, that I wanted to plan more walks. So this summer I decided to do Brooklyn. After a couple delays, the date was set for August 9th, which was exactly one year to the day after last years walk.

Last year, I was completely unprepared for the 15 mile hike and I had a bunch of painful chafing and lost two toenails along the way. This time I was prepared! I had a pair of shorts that had spandex underwear built into them, and I had new shoes that actually fit my feet. That was a good start. The other thing I had this time was a companion. Thanassis decide to come with me, which was great. It made the walk (and in particular the repetitive suburb bits) much more enjoyable. Thanassis had a good pair of shoes, but unfortunately no spandex in his shorts :-) We will get to that shortly.

The night before, Thanassis and I made a rough route and a list of things we wanted to see and do. I am happy to say we got through basically all of it. If you are not interested in reading the journal entry, here are the quick links of interest:
The Route Taken

A Google Map with the exact route of the walk marked in blue.

View From Coney Island to the Brooklyn Bridge in a larger map

A blow by blow account -- with photos!

Before the walk

Coney Island -- 9:30am

Nathan's / Stillwell Avenue

New Utrecht to Sunset Park

Sunset Park Area

Greenwood Cemetery

Lunch at the Park, plus a Pharmacy

Park Slope

Flatbush and Atlantic Avenue

View From Coney Island to the Brooklyn Bridge in a larger map

Borough Hall

Brooklyn Heights

View From Coney Island to the Brooklyn Bridge in a larger map

Brooklyn Bridge

Getting Home