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If you have an afternoon
For a beachy leg-stretcher, pedal south on Brooklyn’s Bedford Avenue till you reach Emmons Avenue. Take a left, stopping into ’70s-esque Roll-N-Roaster (2901 Emmons Ave at 29th St, 718-769-6000)
for fresh-squeezed lemonade ($2.50), before following Emmons to the Shore Parkway Greenway. Gallop past the Jamaica Bay Riding Academy’s horses and Canarsie Piers’ fishermen. The path ends at 84th Street; swing right on 157th Avenue, then take a right on Cross Bay Boulevard, where steamed crabs (six for $20) await at Howard Beach’s open-air Captain Luna’s Marina (158-35 Cross Bay Blvd between 158th and 159th Aves, 718-659-0935)
. After cracking claws, cross the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge, cruise through the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and grab a brew at Broad Channel’s memorabilia-packed Grassy Point Bar and Grill (18-02 Cross Bay Blvd at 153rd Ave, 718-474-1688)
. After traversing the Cross Bay Bridge, reward yourself with fish tacos ($3) at tiny Rockaway Taco (95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd at Cross Bay Pkwy, 347-213-7466),
or continue west down Rockaway Beach Boulevard, popping into Fort Tilden to overlook the Atlantic atop Battery Harris, a structure that once housed WWII guns. Continue the military exploration by crossing the Marine Parkway Bridge and perusing ancient airplanes, like the submarine-fighting Neptune and the amphibious Grumman Goose, at Floyd Bennett Field’s Hangar B (nps.gov/gate),
before joining the Shore Parkway and returning home for a well-earned nap.