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Re: Cooling off from the heat and humidity in Brooklyn, NY


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Posted by Barbara Fischer on Sunday, July 7th 2019:

In Reply to: Re: Cooling off from the heat and humidity in Brooklyn, NY posted by davef on Sunday, July 7th 2019:

Aaah! Long ago memories of Summer connected with the Green Line Bus, the Marine Park Bridge (now the Gil Hodges Bridge) when the toll was 10 cents, and Riis Park. Whatever the cost of the bus was, my friends, sisters, and I never had it (those who had some coin used it for soda and ice cream which was cheaper at the concession stand than the beach-boy vendors), so we either walked the five miles from where we lived in Marine Park or thumbed it if we wanted a beach day. Then as now, this activity was frowned upon particularly for girls, but we rarely caught a ride anyhow unless it was from someone we knew who took pity on the bedraggled sandy bunch of pre- and early teenagers, especially on the way back from the beach. Rather than walk the long way around, we would short-cut across the big, circular sand-based weed patch on the way to the bridge ramp which was loaded with burrs and sandflies.

A few years later on some of us would stop and spend the day at the northeastern side of the bridge where there was small uncrowded sandy beach, but didn't have the Riis wave action. Apart from this little beach being somewhat closer than Riis, the big draw was the jump from the underside beams of the bridge. This was exciting for a thrill like the Parachute, Wonder Wheel, and, of course, the Cyclone. And I finally learned to swim at this place. We were all expert body surfers though.

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