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As a team of zealous urban explorers and photographers, we’re always on the hunt for abandoned places across New York City. Sites that are both visually stunning and full of history are particularly interesting to us. We previously highlighted a handful of such places on Staten Island and in Queens. Continuing our trip through the boroughs, we’re now shining a spotlight on Brooklyn, which is home to aged industrial sites, forgotten theaters and a litter-strewn beach.

There are simply too many intriguing places to name, so this roundup is just the tip of the iceberg. From a mysterious power plant to secret park, here are 12 abandoned sites you can discover in Brooklyn.

12. Floyd Bennett Field

Brooklyn’s Barren Island is home to Floyd Bennett Field, New York’s first municipal airport built in 1931. Sections of the site have been abandoned since the Navy deactivated the airfield in 1971, but in its heyday, Floyd Bennett Field saw ascents by historic aviators, such as Amelia Earhart and Howard Hughes. With this kind of a storied history, the airfield naturally lends itself to having a few secrets.

The airfield was named after Floyd Bennett, a World War I aviator who was recruited to pilot an expedition to the North Pole. It has been the site of many historic flights, one of the most memorable being the outing by Howard Hughes in 1938 to circumnavigate the Earth in record time. In 1941, the airfield shifted from a municipal airport to a Naval Air Station, where those who made and tested aircrafts worked during World War II. It soon became the busiest naval air station in the United States. The NYPD and FDNY have made use of the facilities post-war, mostly for storage.

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3 Responses
  1. Marie Roper Gerber Reply

    I recall living pretty close to Ebbet’s Field – and playing stick ball with my brother’s friends on a vacant lot. I will be forever nostalgic of Brooklyn.

  2. Marie Gerber Reply

    Having grown up in Brooklyn (born in Flatbush in 1939) – and remembering many trips across the bridge, I thoroughly enjoyed these photos and the information. I was back on the bridge a few years ago and got sooooo very nostalgic. I read a book a while ago about the building of the bridges and sorry that I can’t remember the name or author but it was a gem! I have lived in Florida since I was eight years old, but the memories of my birthplace are still vivid …. and wonderful. I love New York!

  3. Michael Hamberger Reply

    I used to drive by Floyd Bennett Field when I lived in the Rockaways. It might not have been abandoned had Brooklyn Dodger owner Walter O’Malley had his way. He wanted the city to build him a new ballpark there to replace the aging Ebbet’s Field , and to extend the subway there, either from Flatbush Avenue or as part of a planned Utica Avenue line off the Fulton Street Subway. He was, of course denied and famously took his team to Los Angeles in 1958.

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