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Alley Pond Park

Although the original Alley Pond was decimated by the construction of the Cross Island Parkway and Long Island Expressway, Alley Pond Park lives on. The second largest park in Queens begins at Little Neck Bay in the north and stretches halfway across the borough, covering over 600 acres of marsh, pond, and parkland. On the southern side of the park, located between Grand Central Parkway and Union Turnpike in Bellerose, one finds tennis courts, baseball fields, biking/running trails, and other recreational facilities. The northern side bisected by Northern Boulevard in Queens has a driving range and miniature golf course. Across the street is the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), situated in a landscape so pristine and rugged it makes Central Park’s Ramble feel like Fifth Avenue. In addition to miles of land for bird-watching, hiking, and even “mountain” biking, APEC offers lectures and tours about New York City wildlife—a favorite field trip for students in Queens and Long Island. The preserve is home to all kinds of animals, from birds to reptiles to the occasional stray dog or cat—this is still New York City, even if it feels like the outback.


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Posted By:  Jennifer Keeney Sendrow
Photo:  Courtesy Roomorama

This stretch of tree-lined asphalt path was once a private road built by William Kissam Vanderbuilt II as a venue for car races way back in 1908. That use was short-lived, as were several unlucky race participants. Bigger and better highways were built before the humble ‘LIMP’ could become a popular route to Long Island, but bootleggers found it useful during Prohibition. Luckily, now we can drink legally and don’t need the LIMP to hide our booze from the feds. Today it’s fine place to walk, run, bike, or even—if it ever actually snows around here—cross country ski.

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