2011-04-29 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

The Master Plan For Jamaica Bay In The 1930s
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

If everybody had had his or her way in the 1930s, including the New York City commissioner of everything – the pharaoh Robert Moses – what you see today in historical views is what would have happened to Jamaica Bay. This project, which was kept alive for more than a half a century, was to put $3 billion in revenues into the pockets of New York City. By dragging their feet and blaming each other, federal, state, and city administrators only implemented parts of the original plan, which was featured in “Views” many moons ago. Can you pick out those parts completed?

Then imagine what the area would look like today if the beautiful bay was converted into a seaport! Yuck!

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