Floyd Bennett Field

Overview

Floyd Bennett Field -- part of Gateway National Recreation Area -- was opened as New York City's first municipal airport on May 23, 1931. Throughout the 1930s, it was the departure point of many important first and record breaking flights, including those of Amelia Earhart and Howard Hughes, 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.

The historic control tower and terminal at Floyd Bennett Field has been converted into a visitor center. From the top of the tower, enjoy a spectacular view of Floyd Bennett Field and Jamaica Bay. Exhibits and programs celebrate the people and historical events connected with Floyd Bennett Field. The runways are now popular with model airplane enthusiasts and cyclists while acres of restored grassy fields give nature lovers a chance to explore the wildlife in their own back yards.

Model airplane flying is popular year-round. Call 718-338-3799 for information on the Radio Controlled Flying Field at Floyd Bennett Field.

Enjoy Brooklyn's largest Community Garden at Floyd Bennett Field. Call the Floyd Bennett Garden Association at 718-338-4255.

Archery is offered year round. Call 718-338-3799 for archery permits for Floyd Bennett Field.

Aviator Sports and Events Center, housed in a former hangar, offers indoor ice skating, hockey, a climbing wall, gymnastics, basketball and outdoor sports fields. Call 718-758-7500 for more information.

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Seasonality / Weather

The New York metropolitan area experiences four distinct seasons. Temperatures are moderate in the spring and fall, but range into the 90s during the summer to below freezing in winter.

Directions

Driving: 

From the North, East, and West:

* Take the Belt Parkway to Exit 11S (Flatbush Avenue)
* Follow Flatbush Avenue south to the fourth traffic light (and last light before the Marine Parkway Bridge toll plaza.)
* Turn left at the light, into the park.

From the South (and alternate route from other directions):

* Woodhaven Boulevard to Cross Bay Boulevard.
* West on Beach Channel Drive to the Marine Parkway Bridge (towards Brooklyn.)
* Turn right at the first traffic light after the toll plaza into the park.

Public Transport: 

Subway:

* Take the #2 (also #5 at rush hours) to Flatbush Avenue.
* Alternate: Take the A or S to Rockaway Park / Beach 116th St.
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Bus: Take Q35 bus from either subway stop to park.