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Riis Park origins[edit]

I've been reading the incredibly tedious 1917 book "History of the Rockaways" by Alfred H. Bellot

After indicating that the Neponsit section of the Rockaway Peninsula was conveyed to the Neponsit Realty Company by the West Rockaway Land Company in 1908, it states on page 26: "A section of Neponsit was purchased by New York City from the West Rockaway Land Company a few years ago, at the price of about one and a quarter million dollars. The site was intended for a public park at the seashore, and is called the Jacob Riis Park. It remains undeveloped as a park up to the present time. A large city hospital for tubercular patients has been erected on a portion of the land."

I don't know if it's a valid source, but http://www.nps.gov/gate/historyculture/jamaica-bay-unit-places.htm states: "Jacob Riis Park was established in 1912, and re-named for the noted reformer and photojournalist in 1914. From 1917 to 1928 the site was used by the United States Navy as Naval Air Station-Rockaway. Departing from NAS-Rockaway, on May 8, 1919, a Navy-Curtiss flying boat, the NC-4, became the first airplane to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. After the Navy left in 1928, Jacob Riis Park was developed for seaside recreation. The historic Bath House was opened in 1932, and remodeled during a major expansion of the park in 1937 under New York City Parks Commissioner Robert Moses. Jacob Riis Park was included in Gateway National Recreation Area in 1974." — Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.229.21.234 (talk) 18:35, 11 November 2012 (UTC)

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