• Get away to Gateway, where you can camp and stay healthy with heart-smart activities. Photo by Sebastiano Privitera; used by permission.

    Gateway

    National Recreation Area NY,NJ

There are park alerts in effect.
hide Alerts »
  • Sand Replenishment at Jacob Riis Park Beach

    Sand replenishment at Jacob Riis Park Beach has begun. During this project, sections of the beach will be closed to the public for their safety. Replenishment is expected to take up to two weeks.

  • The Floyd Bennett Field Archery Range will be closed on October 22

    Sections of the archery range parking lot will be excavated by the Army Corps of Engineers, to remove defunct fuel lines. The archery range will reopen October 23.

Floyd Bennett Field

nasnytbftakingoffforthumbnailweb

Floyd Bennett Field was opened as New York City's first municipal airport on May 23, 1931. Throughout the 1930's, it was the site of many important first and record breaking flights, which helped to advance aviation technology during the "Golden Age of Aviation."

In 1941, Floyd Bennett Field was sold to the United States Navy and became Naval Air Station-New York. During World War II, Floyd Bennett Field was the busiest naval air station in the United States. The field was used for training and antisubmarine patrol flights. It was also the home of the Naval Air Ferry Command which was responsible for the acceptance, commissioning, and ferrying of naval aircraft from the factories to the fleet.

For a more detailed history of Floyd Bennett Field, Click here.

Floyd Bennett Field is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

View the National Register Nomination for Floyd Bennett Field Historic District.

The National Register of Historic Places has made the site part of its "Aviation: From Sand Dunes to Sonic Booms." Travel Itinerary. To view this information, click here.

Floyd Bennett Field has a "Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plan". Click here to learn more.

Floyd Bennett Field Historic Structures Report, Volume 1

Floyd Bennett Field Historic Structures Report Volume 2

View The Administration Building, (Ryan Center) Historic Structures Report.

A listing of Floyd Bennett Field's notable and historic flights.

Did You Know?

Dimmed and camoflagued Sandy Hook lighthouse at night in World War II.

Did you know that the Sandy Hook Light was dimmed in World War II and painted in camoflague? Homes and businesses within five miles of the ocean were required to use blackout curtains in order to protect ships from attacks by German U-Boats. More...