Historical Views of the Rockaways
With Wave Chopper one above Fort Tilden at Rockaway Point, we have a bird’s eye view of Battery Harris, once part of the coastal defense of New York Harbor; the Rockaway Point Road; the Point community of Roxbury; the bridge to Marine Parkway in Brooklyn; and Floyd Bennett Field, part of Gateway National Recreation Area. Canarsie pol marsh is at the top right in the bay.
Fort Tilden was built in 1917 as a direct result of World War I, and was kept for the national defense until the land became a part of Gateway National Recreation Area.
The Roxbury Community can be traced back to the very early 1900s, when John and Minnie Roxbury operated their hotel in Rockaway Park for a time.
Floyd Bennett Field was opened as New York’s first municipal airport in the 1920s, and was later replaced by LaGuardia Airport in north Queens. The site remained as a sort of private airfield, until taken over by the Navy at the start of World War I. In the later years the United States Coast Guard had a small part of Gateway National Park. The runways are still in use by light aircrafts and as an emergency landing field. Operations on a larger scale would interfere with JFK operations. The JFK site is at the extreme top right in today’s view. The hi-rise projects of Brooklyn are in the background left.
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