New York City Q35 Bus from Riis Park Beach in Queens to Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn
Jacob Riis Park is an Atlantic Ocean beach in Queens New York City USA, commonly refereed to "The People's Beach"
Jacob Riis Park is reached by crossing the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge from Brooklyn into Queens. The Jacob Riis Park Historic District features an extensive sand beach and an art deco bath house built in 1932, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The park is named for Jacob Riis, a famous New York City journalist and photographer who documented the plight of the poor and working class. The government built Jacob Riis Park to give New York City's burgeoning immigrant population a place to escape tenement life and the chance to reconnect with the natural beauty and recreation of the sea.
The park was largely built on the site of the former Rockaway Naval Air Station, where the first transatlantic flight departed from the Rockaway Naval Air Station on Jamaica Bay in 1919. the famous NC-4 crossing of the Atlantic crossing ultimately changed commercial aviation.
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Queens, New York City, USA