The Rockaways: Fort Tilden
“[What is now known as Riis Park] opened in 1911 as a New York City seaside park with limited beach use and facilities. The northwest corner of the park became Rockaway Naval Air Station in 1917 to protect the New York Harbor during World War I… [Fort] Tilden…opened in 1917 with several six-inch coastal guns and was deactivated after the war. It was reopened in the early 1920’s with two 16-inch rifles and was beefed up for the coast defense in World War II.”
image: Sectional aerial maps of the City of New York (1924) / Bureau of Engineering
text: The Rockaways by Emil R. Lucev, Sr.