1. The Rockaways: Riis Park

    “[Riis Park] is named in honor of Jacob Riis, the famed New York City journalist and photographer who documented the plight of the poor and working class in the city’s tenements. Constructed on the site of one of the first US naval air stations, the park was designed in 1936 by innovative Park Commissioner Robert Moses, who had also created Jones Beach on Long Island in 1929. Moses envisioned Riis Park as a Jones Beach for poor immigrants, a destination accessible by public transportation and closer to the city. Jacob Riis Park was transferred to the control of the National Park Service in 1972.”

    map: Insurance maps of New York, Queens Vol. 21 (1933) / Sanborn Map Co.
    text: National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy