I love the name Alley Pond Park; it conjures up images of urban grittiness, and its location does nothing to dispel that. It is bordered and criss-crossed by some heavily-trafficked thoroughfares including the Long Island Expressway, Grand Central Parkway and the Cross Island Parkway. This place is loud, loud, loud, but if you can get over the constant drone of the traffic, it is also quite lovely. I only explored the part north of the Long Island Expressway which is mainly wetlands with a few woodland trails. I think this is a park to be done in two parts, as it is essentially chopped in half by the Long Island Expressway which makes getting from one end to the other arduous. However, the top half afforded me almost 4 hours worth of exploration and some lovely sights. There is a Conservation Centre at the top of the park which offers all kinds of family and school programmes and several trails have boardwalks making it easily accessible for those not so steady on their feet. If you push on further, there are a few squelchy, rocky, clambering trails for braver souls. This is not a place for strenuous hiking; to me it feels a little tame and the noise pollution is really invasive, but it has some wonderful wildlife and is a great one for the kids.
The place is teaming with birds; I saw more birds here than I have in any other park in New York to date. Here are a few I spotted today.
There was an added bonus to the day.
4 thoughts on “Right up your alley”
What a nice discovery–even with the sound, it looks lovely. Really great photography here. I especially like the Robin. Thanks for sharing your day and the photos!
It really is a great park, Katie, and all the kids I saw today were having a fantastic time and getting so excited whenever a bird swooped by. I love seeing children enjoying nature and wildlife. x
What a lovely spot. Even with the noise pollution, it’s comforting to know there are still little wild corners to be found. Great shots. I’ve never had a rabbit step on me, but a few skunks scurried over my feet when I used to spend hours standing around in the dark, tracking owls.
Thanks for sharing this lovely little corner of the world.
Ooh Heather, thanks for stopping by, I’m off to check out your blog now – I just now added a post about a stunning park I visited today on Staten Island. It made me so happy I’m still smiling. https://ailsapm.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/autumn-splendour-at-high-rock/ I’m not sure how I’d feel about having a skunk scurry over my feet – I suppose as long as he kept on going it would be alright. 🙂