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  Great Kills Park
Great Kills Park, Gateway National Recreation Area and City of New York/Parks and Recreation Great Kills Park, part of the Staten Island unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, covers 1,200 acres of woods, marshlands, dunes, and beaches. There is a marina, public beaches, boat launch, fishing area, model airplane field, nature trails and numerous ball fields. The Beach Center, with restrooms and food concessions, is open in the warm months, and a ranger station, with visitor information, is open year-round. The Blue Dot and Orange Trails are clearly marked and you might find Common snipe along the stream. The grassy areas around Parking Area A, the harbor’s edge, and the ocean front, particularly at the mudflats (northern end) offer wonderful birdng opportunities. The mudflats are excellent for waterfowl and shorebirds-bring a scope and time your visit to low tide. The beach and jetty at Crooke’s Point offer extraordinary views of Lower New York Bay, and a good place to set up your scope.

Two hundred and fifty acres are still managed by City of New York/Parks and Recreation, entered by turning east off Hylan Blvd. at Tysens Lane.

Tide schedules from:
Sandy Hook, Phone: (718) 448-3900
Jamaica Bay, Phone: (718) 318-4340

National Audubon Society of New York State
Phone: (518) 869-9731

City of New York Parks and Recreation, Staten Island HQ
Phone: (718) 390-8000

Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences (lead tours)
Phone: (718) 727-1135

Staten Island Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, Great Kills Park (lead tours)
Phone: (718) 987-6790

Staten Island Urban Park Rangers (lead tours)
Phone: (718) 667-6042

Directions: Refer to sidebar ("How to Get There")



How to Get There

Great Kills Park
Ferry to Bus: From Manhat- tan, Staten Island Ferry to St. George Terminal. Take Totten- ville-bound S78 NYC Transit bus (D ramp) along Hylan Blvd. (Call (718) 979-0600 for sche- dule). Get off at the Great Kills Park entrance. From the en- trance, it is a two mile walk to Crooke’s Point.

Bus: From Manhattan, take the 1X Express bus from Carnegie Hall at 57th Street and 7th Avenue. This bus follows Hylan Avenue. Ask to be let off near the entrance to Gateway’s Great Kills Park.

Car: From Manhattan, take the Brooklyn Bridge and follow signs to Brooklyn/Queens Expressway (Route 278) to Verrazano-Narrows Bridge ($7.00 toll). Follow 278/Staten Island Expressway, exit at Hylan Boulevard and go south (left) on Hylan Boulevard for 5 miles to the park entrance, which is east of (opposite) Buffalo Street. Follow Park Drive 1.5 miles to Parking Area A, where parking is free. Par- king at Crooke’s Point is by permit only.

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