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Bragging About Size

The title of the 1890 photo above is “Four trains passing Little Falls.” That’s a town on the Mohawk River in upstate New York, about halfway between Utica and Amsterdam. The location tells us that this is the main line of the New York Central Railroad, but doesn’t answer the basic question of why would …

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More Confusing To Name Than To Fly

The last airports for this series of posts are in northern Queens: North Beach, Glenn Curtiss, and LaGuardia are all the same place; Holmes Airport and Grand Central Airport are similarly the same place. Five names, two airports. North Beach was an actual place, a beach in Queens on the East River, adjacent to Bowery …

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A Small Airport For A Small Island

Perhaps the weirdest of New York’s vanished airports is the army airfield on Governors Island. Given that the only access (other than flying) is via ferry, the island isn’t a great place even for an army airport of any size, although there are things you can do with an airport without good access, like train …

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A Wild Goose Chase

After yesterday’s post about Miller Field and the smaller, more numerous airports of a hundred years ago, Julia Manglitz was kind enough to point me at “Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields“, a website devoted to that niche topic, nationwide. The New York City entires were a combination of things I knew and things I did not, …

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More Common In The Past

We think of airports as being relatively few and far between, but they used to be much smaller and closer together. The growth of jet size since the DC8 and 707, and the simultaneous and related growth of commercial air travel has meant that bigger airports with longer runways are needed. Of course, small airports …

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