My New York City: Rabbit Hunting in Brooklyn

Marine Park Brooklyn is a short distance to Manhattan. But growing up in Marine Park felt like the country. Marine Park Brooklyn is the place where my personal software was installed, my ethics, values and world view were shaped by the turbulent 1960s and good men from Marine Park.

An extraordinary tale: “Warriors Behind the Lines”:

Fact Check: I got my Charles Lindberg story wrong. According to a “Detailed History of Floyd Bennett Field” by Gateway National Park, Charles Lindberg’s departure from Roosevelt Field on Long Island prompted NYC to open Floyd Bennett Field:

“In May of 1927 Charles Lindbergh flew non-stop from Roosevelt Field, Long Island to Paris. Billed as the New York to Paris flight, it actually took place outside of the city limits. New York City wanted an airport within the city limits.

A city panel selected Barren Island in Brooklyn as the location for New York’s first municipal airport and it was named Floyd Bennett Field. Floyd Bennett was the naval pilot for Commander Richard E. Byrd’s flight over the North Pole in 1926. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Floyd Bennett Field was dedicated on May 23, 1931. It was rated A-1-A, the highest classification of the Civil Aeronautics Board. It boasted concrete runways, fours hangers that could service the largest aircraft of the day, and an Administration Building that served as a terminal.

Floyd Bennett Field was a popular site for aviators who were seeking to break records. Twenty-six around the world or transatlantic flights started or ended at Floyd Bennett Field between 1931 and 1939″.

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