Father Capodanno Boulevard has places to park your car, bathrooms, water fountains, play ares for the kids, tennis, basketball and soccer courts and fields. Plus there are cafes, ice cream stands and a number of food trucks. In season, there's even a beach club with cabanas, chairs and decking laid out on the sand.
I biked an area that joins the boardwalk trail and winds through a wooded area and ends at Fort Wadsworth. There are several forts along the coast of New York City, and in Staten Island, at the base of the Verrazanno Bridge are two or three forts, where the National and Coastal Guards are still on active duty. While this door way may look old and abandoned, don't let its weathered facade and fall-out shelter sign fool you. Inside these doors is a bustling workplace.
A car-free unobstructed view of the magnificent Verrazanno Bridge
- from the road along Fort Wadsworth.
The Guard raising the Fort's flags for the day.
This is the original Fort Wadsworth,
used in 1776 by the Revolutionary Navy to protect NYC from the British Navy invasion.
My vantage point is above the fort, several hundred yards (at least) away from the lower fort along the river.
New York City, as seen in the fog and haze, from Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island.