East New York, Canarsie, & East Flatbush
Distance: 7.61 miles
Weather: partly cloudy
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Unique Miles Today: 7.57
Total Unique Miles: 152.47
Percent of Brooklyn Run: 8.75
Route: I started by taking the 3 train to the Pennsylvania Ave stop, then heading north on Pennsylvania one block to Dumont. I followed Dumont until it ended in front of the Cypress Hills public housing, before going south on Fountain to Wortman, and then west to Louisiana. Then I ran north to Dewitt and went west again, following Dewitt to where it merged with Avenue D and then continuing on the latter to Remsen. I took Remsen north to Winthrop, then headed west to New York Ave, and south to Beverly. I caught the 2 train home.
Notes: Today represented my deepest foray yet into the eastern reaches of Brooklyn, only about ten blocks or so from the boundary with Queens. Much of East New York looks like it's seen better days, but there were also a considerable amount of newer-looking townhouses, and while the broken-glass and crumbling-sidewalk quotients are probably a little higher than in other neighborhoods, it wasn't nearly as rundown as I'd been led to believe. It looks like the northern half of East New York is more residential, while south of Linden Avenue the landscape was dominated by large warehouses and light industry. And for the second day in a row, I encountered one of Brooklyn's 18 Sanitation Department garages (the one today, if you're curious, serves district 16). Industrial areas like this often pose the same photographic challenges as some of the more suburban-like regions I've run due to the sameness of the landscape -- after all, how many grafitti-covered warehouses can a person take pictures of? In any event, I ended the run by heading back through East Flatbush (and past the imposing Kings County Hospital complex), which is becoming one of my favorite places for running -- cool buildings, lots of people out and about, and a whole lot to see.
As always, some snapshots from today's travels:
Just off Dumont Avenue
Satellite dish at the Mediacom building on Avenue D
New York Avenue