2010-09-10 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

Fort Tilden, Roxbury, And Floyd Bennett Field
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

Photographed From The Air; 1995 Photographed From The Air; 1995 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.
If You have Any Old Photos or
Historical Information About The Rockaways
Please Send It To: HISTORICAL ROCKAWAY
C/O THE WAVE P.O. BOX 930097 ROCKAWAY BEACH, N.Y. 11693

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