Plum Beach, Brooklyn (History)

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(Neighborhoods In Brooklyn)

Plum Beach is a beach and surrounding neighborhood along the north shore of Rockaway Inlet, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. It is located near the neighborhoods of Sheepshead Bay and Gerritsen Beach just off the Belt Parkway. It is named for the beach plums that grow wild there. Since 1972 it has been a part of Gateway National Recreation Area, though the parking lot and greenway that provide primary access to the shore are the responsibility of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the New York City Department of Transportation. The area is part of Brooklyn Community District 15 and served by Brooklyn Community Board 15.

In May and June, horseshoe crabs climb onto the beach to mate.

Though this “beach” is not clean enough to swim in and at times may smell awfully its a nice place to walk. There is also garbage all over the sand as well as sone “ship wreks” that of small boats. Relative remoteness combined with easy access to the Belt Parkway has made the beach attractive to people who are cruising for sex. This has occasionally led to violence. This area is the only place suitable for kiteboarding during the summer time. Plum Beach is popular among the local kiteboarding enthusiasts especially with SE, SSE, S, SSW and SW winds. Windsurfing also could be great with the wider wind directions.

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