Confessions of a Pedalphile: Adventures in the Rockaways and Fort Tilden Park

Please note that this article first appeared in the August edition of Pilgrims of Pleiades

Rockaway Boardwalk

Ryder Strong awoke before dawn.

He put his boots on.

He took a face from the ancient gallery and…

…walked on down the hall (in his one bedroom apartment).


Oh, hooligan breathren! Those that are living the dream!

Ryder Strong misses you very much and he knows not what to do with himself!

So, to cope, he goes on long bicycle rides to forgotten places!

And please, keep in mind, that if one should be reading this blog, by all means take a face from the ancient gallery and ride on down to Fort Tilden; New York City’s best forgotten beach and abandoned military base.

Located at the far west end of the Rockaways, Fort Tilden is fucking forlorn and forgotten.

There’s no one out there.

This is good if you’re a misanthrope and/or prefer to be alone in a city of millions. Certain things are better left alone and this is one of them. Keeping this place out of the wretched hands of city folk is made easier by the fact that you can’t park your car there unless you have a special fishing permit or something, and even so there is only a small parking lot with spaces for about 30 cars.

Fort Tilden is a place better explored on two running feet or a mountain bike. There are many trails where one can slide off into the woods and fuck or jerk off (but no one is there so you can fuck/jill off in the middle of the trail if you want). Kinski would love it.

FT houses two large bunkers similar to Camp Hero and they are also forgotten. No one has sealed them up and you easily slip inside of them. They are the same design as they’re heroic brethren and are covered in graffiti.

The city, or whoever, has built a solidly constructed staircase up and around to the top of one that offers a decent view of the city skyline.

There is also plenty of shit to see that doesn’t have any staircases built into it and, at any rate, the staircase that was built is clearly falling into disrepair and has steps missing so this is definitely a hooligan landmark to check out.

For more information in regards to Fort Tilden please contact Ryder Strong at this blog.


9 responses to “Confessions of a Pedalphile: Adventures in the Rockaways and Fort Tilden Park

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  7. The photo with the thing that says, “Kansas” on it….is that at Fort Tilden? 🙂 If so, where is it located? Thank you!

  8. yes, it’s at fort tilden.
    you have to walk around to find it, i don’t remember where it is…the place isn’t that big.

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