Just to the west of R.H. Tugs, the Livingston station supposedly sat at the foot of Bard Avenue. There's a convenience store there, where track resumes its natural state and proceeds west.

Between Bard and Davis Avenues, the track procedes dramatically over another eroded section of fill. The area also features some concrete waterfront structures, perhaps having something to do with the sewer overflow outlet, or perhaps just the foundations of some long-defunct structures.

Snug Harbor was founded on 1801 bequest of farmland by Robert Richard Randall that was delayed by an extended dispute over the will. It finally opened in 1833 to provide a haven for "aged, decrepit and worn out sailors." Over the 19th century the facility expanded to 50 buildings housing over 900 residents from around the world. Residency and financial support declined in the mid 20th century. The few remaining residents were relocated to North Carolina in the 1960s. With the historic property falling into disrepair and being coveted by developers, the New York City Landmark's Commission got the facility listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 83-acre facility was purchased by the city in 1973 and transformed into the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

For a more detailed history of Snug Harbor, see Gerald J. Barry's The Sailors' Snug Harbor: 1801-2001

Just to the east of sits Neville House, a country residence built around 1770 by John Neville, a retired naval officer. In the 19th century it was used as a tavern that likely received much of its patronage from the retired sailors living next door. When I visited in 2009, it was in pretty bad shape.

The area of New Brighton near Snug Harbor is an area of pleasant, older single-family homes, becoming a little more dense and less affluent as you move west into Livingston and West Brighton.

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Track behind convenience store
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Behind the convenience store
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Retaining wall behind the convenience store
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Track under picnic table
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Picnic table over track looking west
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DEP sewer overflow outlet sign
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The convenience store at Bard Ave
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Looking south at pleasant, old houses on Bard Ave.
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Bard Ave. terminating at the track
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Bard Ave. terminating at the track
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Vestigial 3rd rail base?
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Stump grown over track
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Concrete column?
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Track headed east
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Concrete structure
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Concrete structure
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Concrete structure
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Track erosion continues
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Track headed east past encroaching erosion
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Second concrete structure
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Second concrete structure
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Eroded track
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Eroded track
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Under the track
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Brick conduit under track
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Brick conduit under track
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Between the tracks
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Track emerges from erosion
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Track in weeds
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Track heads west into overgrowth
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Track heads west
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Power poles at Con Ed facility
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1925 electrical warehouse, Richmond Terrace btw Bard and Davis
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Richmond Terrace btw Bard and Davis
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Snug Harbor entry sign
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Greek Revival buildings in Snug Harbor
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West entrance
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Site map
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Buildings on Chapel Road
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Governor's House
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Cottage Road
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Connie Gretz Secret Garden tower
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Administration office
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Neville House
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Neville House
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Neville House
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Richmond Terrace at Westbury Ave
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Westbury Avenue
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Westbury Avenue
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Large houses on Richmond Terrace at Kissel Ave
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Davis Ave. north of Richmond Terrace
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Richmond Terrace at Pelton
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Richmond Terrace at Pelton
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Richmond Terrace at Pelton
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Richmond Terrace at Pelton
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Richmond Terrace at Pelton
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Mount Zion Ministry, 631 Henderson
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Henderson at Campbell
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Henderson at Campbell
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Guard pit bull on Campbell
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New development south of Markham Gardens

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