2010-01-08 / Community

Littoral Society Groups Celebrate New Year

The group descends after climbing to the top of Battery Harris for panoramic view of the peninsula. The group descends after climbing to the top of Battery Harris for panoramic view of the peninsula. For the 26th consecutive year, the New York Chapter of the American Littoral Society hiked the Fort Tilden beach on New Year’s Day and tried (once again unsuccessfully) to communicate with another Littoral group across the harbor at Sandy Hook. “We’re not allowed to use cell phones so we try different methods such as pyrotechnics, mirrors, and shouting,“ said Don Riepe, the chapter’s director. During the hike marine biologist Mickey Cohen was on hand to identify the different organisms and shells found in the “littoral zone” or intertidal beach. This year the group was about 100 strong as it turned out to be a mild day. Afterwards, they retreated to one of the Rockaway Artists Alliance buildings in Fort Tilden to sip coffee and drink champagne to celebrate the New Year. For information about Littoral Society monthly hikes in the area contact driepe@nyc.rr.com.
A few brave souls walked hatless on the relatively mild day, but most participants bundled up warmly. A few brave souls walked hatless on the relatively mild day, but most participants bundled up warmly.
The ritual wave always gets the intergenerational group of walkers smiling. The ritual wave always gets the intergenerational group of walkers smiling.
The crowd of hikers pauses to gaze at a tidal pool. The crowd of hikers pauses to gaze at a tidal pool.

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