Sunday, July 3, 2011

Bridge of the Week #62: Hawtree Basin Bridge

This week's bridge is, I believe, the last footbridge that I will cover in this series. I might have said that before, but this time I really think I mean it! It's the Hawtree Basin Bridge, just around the corner from the last bridge I covered, in the Hamilton Beach section of the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens.

The bridge connects 163rd Ave. in the Old Howard Beach section to land in Hamilton Beach, at a point between Rau Ct. and Davenport Ct. There is a section of road between the two streets where you can access the bridge on the east. It's a fixed pedestrian bridge, built starting in 1962 and completed in 1963. It's actually a very attractive little bridge, painted in sky blue. And from the bridge you can look over the Hawtree Basin, which is apparently the dredged and straightened mouth of Hawtree Creek, which flows from the land near JFK airport, and into Jamaica Bay. Most of the houses in the area have their own docks for small boats.

For runners, as with the Ramblersville-Memorial Bridge, it can be a nice side trip from the eastern end of the Belt Parkway path, or from the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge and Cross Bay Bridge to the Rockaways. It can be accessed easily from the Howard Beach-JFK station on the A train, or from the west, the Ramblersville/Hamilton Beach/Old Howard Beach neighborhoods can be accessed from 157th Ave. and going south. To the west of this area is Shellbank Basin and to the east of course is JFK. Check it out - enjoy!

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