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A blast from the past: Visitors can tour the restored airport control tower in Marine Park’s Floyd Bennett
Field on Oct. 20, as part of the Open House New York weekend.
A tower tour for Open House
Get an insider’s look at the fi rst airport in the city
By Chandler Kidd
Take a flight of fancy!
Brooklynites can take a trip back to
the Golden Age of Aviation this month,
back to when the New York City’s only
municipal airport was located in Marine
Park. The air control tower at Floyd
Bennett Field will offer free 90-minute
tours to ticketed visitors on Oct. 20, as
part of the 17th annual Open House New
York weekend on Oct. 18–20.
The event helps to remind New Yorkers
of their history, said the director of
the Open House program.
“A site like Floyd Bennett Field, where
many Brooklyners never get to go, is
a reminder of what the early days of
air travel in New York looked like, and
how remnants of New York’s past infrastructure
continues to surround us,”
said Gregory Wessner.
The tour will begin at the Ryan Museum,
formerly the airport’s terminal.
Visitors will learn about the history of
Floyd Bennett Field, which was built in
1931, and about the famous pilots who
flew there, including Amelia Earhart
and Howard Hughes. The tour will include
peeks at areas usually off-limits to
the public, including tunnels underneath
the runways, used to transport luggage
to the planes, and a visit to the restored
control tower, which still offers an astounding
view of Jamaica Bay, the runways,
The antique airport is one of 60 architectural
wonders throughout Kings
County that will open to the public during
Open House New York, including
Back to Marine Park: Famed aviator Howard Hughes took off from
and landed at Floyd Bennett Field in Marine Park for his flight around
the world in 1938.
private residences, historic monuments,
and manufacturing sites.
Those who wish to tour the Floyd
Bennett Field Control Tower must make
a reservation on the Open House website,
starting on Oct. 8 at 11 am. Reservations
are often snapped up quickly,
but there are also many sites that will
be open without a ticket.
Two of the featured sites this year
will be free for anyone to visit, Wessner
“This is a big year for Brooklyn, we
have our featured sites which are the
Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Brooklyn
Army terminal, it’s sort of like an
Army-Navy rivalry,” he said.
Tour guides will lead visitors through
the brutalist atrium of the Army Terminal
in Sunset Park at 2 pm, 3 pm, and
4 pm on Oct. 19 and 20; and the Chashama
Studio Hub, on two floors of the
Terminal, will hold open studios for its
96 artists that weekend.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard in Fort
Greene will have 50 of its tenants available
on Oct. 19 from 10 am–6 pm, allowing
spectators to tour their spaces
and the Navy Yard campus.
Floyd Bennett Field Control Tower
tour (3159 Flatbush Ave. at Floyd Bennett
Field in Marine Park, www.ohny.
com). Oct. 20 at 10 am; noon, and 2
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