Saturday, October 7th, 2017 | 9:30am - 12:00pm
Where We Will Meet
Near the rock jetty just inside the park
Where The Walk Will End
tbd at pre-walk group photo if there's interest
About This Walk
(Photo Credit: Peter Herzog)
Join us for panoramic views of the Throgs Neck Bridge / Little Neck Bay / East River. Venture about the historic Fort Totten Park (by foot or by bike, as cars are not allowed inside the park). There are plenty of decaying, historic buildings to explore from the outside. As time allows, we may also tour the Bayside Marina. Any location within the Bayside area is fair game for this walk, even if self-guided.
I have been leading walks for the past few years, rain or shine, and we’ve always had a great time! We encourage people to join my group on Facebook, Long Island Photowalkers to meet our walk participants and continue your friendship / learn who may be joining us, possibly even finding carpools with those you know. Here is the link to that group (and yes, it was started in 2013) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/LBeachNYGlobalPhotoWalk2013/
Updated winner selection dateOctober 13th, 2017
There has been a change in the voting schedule. Each walk leader now has till the end of Tuesday, October 17th (11:59 PM EDT) to select each individual walk’s winner. The deadline for submission has NOT changed and is still the end of this SUNDAY. We typically don’t get a lot of submitted entries, so submit yours and maybe yours will be the lucky one! Files must be under 5 MB. If you have trouble, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk PosterOctober 8th, 2017
Hi, I just uploaded our official “walk poster” as the image for our walk. Feel free to download it and print it if you so desire while the walk site is still live. Photo Credits go to Peter Herzog. (Thank you, Peter!)
I see most of you have not yet joined our group on Facebook. I encourage you to do so to allow you to see photos people have been sharing there from our walk: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LBeachNYGlobalPhotoWalk2013/
The Contest Site is live! Please add your photos!October 8th, 2017
It was great seeing so many of you at our walk yesterday! I hope everyone who participated – even if we didn’t happen to see you ourselves – will upload their best photo and video for the free contest. You all have till next Sunday, 10/15/17 to do so. The place to enter these is under the “Contest” tab on our walk page. Best of luck to all – I hope to have many great ones to pick from from each of you! To read about the great things that are for the winners, click “Prizes” on the top of the screen from Scott Kelby’s site. I don’t think they give you a chance to upload a change once it is submitted, so be careful when doing so. The video entry requires a link, so best to put your video up on a place like YouTube or some other site that is visible to the public.
Look for Matt on walk dayOctober 6th, 2017
Walk day is tomorrow am! On walk day, please park in their lot and walk past the front gate to the path near the first rock jetty and look for Matt Jakowsky. Close to 10 am, those who are there in time from our group will gather for a group photo (optional to participate). Immediately after, the walk will kick off. That should start at approximately 10 am. You will need to know the exact time since we are, according to the rules, only allowed to submit photos from the same, 2 hour range. So, if you arrive late, please ask one of the other walkers for the end time. Also know that you are free to walk with the group or on your own, and you don’t have to walk for the entire 2 hours. You can also stay at the park after our walk and continue taking photos since, at noon, their historical exhibits should open up.
Please be sure to review the rules of the contest that are posted on this site and, of course, adhere to any of the posted rules for the park. There is a military, police and fire department presence that restricts access to certain areas. Whatever you do, be CAREFUL and do not venture into unsafe areas just “for the shot.” I will automatically disqualify any photos that appear to have been taken in an unsafe way or from areas that are off limits.
The main thing is, enjoy, make friends, and learn from each other. I, most likely, will not be able to join you do to a cold, so I am grateful that Matt Jakowsky and his wife, will lead the walk in my absence. Good luck and have fun!
Meanwhile, I encourage everyone to read all of the posts on our event and check out Scott Kelby’s site for all of the questions there might be about the walk itself. Have fun, exercise caution, and enjoy! I’ll look forward to seeing all of your posts of your best from the walk! – Ilene
Please email meOctober 1st, 2017
Please share your email and cell number with me at email@example.com to make it easier to reach you the day of our walk, should weather affect our start time. I also encourage everyone looking to stay in touch with others from our walk to join my photo group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LBeachNYGlobalPhotoWalk2013/
If, by chance, your plans change and you find yourself unable to attend, kindly update your RSVP to help us better gauge the number of attendees.
Thank you and see you there!
Map and starting pointSeptember 27th, 2017
I can’t seem to include a photo of a map on these updates, but you can view ours with the interactive map on the event itself. Or Google Fort Totten Park in Bayside, Queens https://www.google.com/maps/place/Fort+Totten+Parkfirstname.lastname@example.org,-73.7791031,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c28a468315c56d:0xe0e439964eb38779!8m2!3d40.7927954!4d-73.7769144
The starting location is on the path on your left, just inside Fort Totten Park, where we will gather first for our group photo with the rock jetty and the bridge in the background.
Important info for those who will be on our walk:September 27th, 2017
When you arrive, park in the lot. There are bathrooms for those who need them, but probably not elsewhere in the area. Plan accordingly!
We will initially meet on the path just inside Fort Totten, near the rock jetty for our group photo taken between 9:30 and 10 am. After that, our walk will begin and people can choose to follow the group or head off on their on directions. When you enter, do not ask the guard at the entrance about our walk as they are not at all involved in it and have no information about it. We do not have a permit as it is not required. To avoid any unforeseen issues, please stagger your arrival with other photographers and always be respectful to any officials present!
Important info for those who will be on our walk:
1. You must obey all signs and rules of the park and the fort itself. That includes staying out of unauthorized areas. And for your safety, please stay out of the water and off of the jetties! And do not drive while taking photographs, as that is dangerous and illegal! Any photos taken while risking harm to one’s self or others will automatically be disqualified from our contest!
2. By participating, you agree to hold harmless the organizers of the walk for any injury or damage to property to themselves or others.
3. This walk is for those who are 18+ years old.
4. The Bayside Marine is walking distance for those interested, though not sure if it will be open that day. Those who drive to it will need to park on the streets and take the pedestrian bridge over the Cross Island as the parking by the marina is only for boat owners.
5. We probably cannot see inside the fort structures itself since they do not offer tours for that. Just don’t want anyone to be disappointed. But there will be plenty to see along the shoreline, including the bridge and the views across the water.
6. There is a 7-11 at 208-22 Cross Island Pkwy between the park entrance and the bridge, on the other side of the Cross Island Parkway.
7. The nearest restaurants are in Bay Terrace Shopping Center off Bell Blvd at x32 off the Cross Island Parkway, south of Fort Totten. I recommend Ben’s Kosher Deli, at 211-37 26th Ave, Bayside. There is also a Five Guys, Panera, Applebees and Outback Steakhouse there. We will decide whether to have a lunch gathering the day of the event, based on people’s availability after the walk.
Please print out the below map and bring it with you the day of the walk.
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