Image via Open House New York: Nicolas Lemery Nantel
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.