Arthur Kill ad absurdum: Is this end or isn’t it?

The roads that reach their logical absurd conclusions along the Arthur Kill are a bit problematic for people like me who want to see a clear end. They are often a bit conflicted about what to do at the end of it all: continue all the way into the water, or just meander off into the bushes or maybe, as I have often found, continue rolling ever onward beyond locked gates. That was the case with River Road, a street I would love to follow to the water, as it ends near the Prall’s River, a mile long strait in the Arthur Kill separating the bird sanctuary Prall’s Island from Staten Island. On a map, River Road continues on past the railroad track for quite a ways, coming dangerously close to the dismal black waters of Prall’s River, but in reality, the publicly accessible part of it ends at a gate just beyond the tracks.

The part of River Road that is accessible to the public ends just beyond this railroad crossing.

The part of River Road that is accessible to the public ends just beyond this railroad crossing.

Still, it is a picturesque ride down River Road (named for the extremely obscure Prall’s River?). That is, if you enjoy riding under droopy power lines just a few feet overhead and crossing marshy creeks that, which their polluted waters, seem to take the name “kill” a little too literally. I did manage to get a glimpse of the northern edge of the Prall’s River, though. Note that this area is not part of Fresh Kills Park and as far as I know, is not protected from development.

In the foreground is a marshy stream, part of the Fresh Kills water system and in the far distance in a bit of the Prall's River, with the mysterious Prall's Island just beyond it.

In the foreground is a marshy stream, part of the Fresh Kills water system and in the far distance in a bit of the Prall’s River, with the mysterious Prall’s Island just beyond.

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