Best (Uninterrupted) Walking Route to Manhattan Beach - 2000
Down Ocean Avenue
A few springs ago, two friends and I walked (nonstop) down Ocean Avenue (starting at the D train's Parkside stop) to Manhattan Beach. This urban trek will take you through the largely Caribbean neighborhood of Flatbush to the Midwood section (home of Young Israel of Midwood at Avenue L, the "First Congregation of Russian Jews," as well as many stately old apartment buildings with names like Coolidge Arms and Harding Court), and ends at Sheepshead Bay (where, according to a Brooklyn guidebook, "[In the late 1800s] wealthy Manhattanites frequented the many fancy Manhattan Beach hotels. . . . "). At Emmons Avenue (where fishing boats line the pier across from several eateries), you take the footbridge across Sheepshead Bay; walk east to Ocean Avenue and, voilà, you're three blocks from the surf.