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Bowery Bay is a bay off the East River in New York City. It is located near the Steinway neighborhood of Queens and is bordered on the west by the Bowery Bay Water Pollution Control Plant and on the south and east by LaGuardia Airport.[1]

Before the construction of LaGuardia Airport in the late 1920s, the shoreline of Bowery Bay and Flushing Bay, originally called Bowery Bay Beach and later North Beach, was a popular seaside resort. North Beach was the site of a popular amusement park from 1895 to 1915 and was known as "the Coney Island of Queens".[2]

The Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia Airport was originally constructed along the south end of Bowery Bay to accommodate flying boats. From 1940 until 1945, 'Clippers' operated by Pan American Airways provided trans-Atlantic flights from Bowery Bay to Europe.[3] The eastern edge of Bowery Bay is currently bordered by LaGuardia Airport's general aviation terminal.

The western edge of Bowery Bay is the site of the Bowery Bay Water Pollution Control Plant, a wastewater treatment plant operated by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. The plant opened in 1939 and is capable of treating 150 million US gallons (570,000 m3) of sewage per day from northwestern Queens.[4]

The Rikers Island Bridge spans the northern portion of Bowery Bay.


  1. ^ Chart 12339 (Map). 1 : 10,000. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. June 1, 2008. Retrieved August 15, 2009.
  2. ^ Schneider, Daniel B. (August 24, 1997). "F.Y.I." The New York Times. Retrieved August 15, 2009.
  3. ^ Brawarsky, Sandee (March 21, 2003). "An Airport Delay? La Guardia Can Make It an Adventure". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 15, 2009.
  4. ^ "Wastewater Treatment Plants". New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Archived from the original on December 8, 2008. Retrieved August 8, 2009.

Coordinates: 40°46′42″N 73°53′17″W / 40.77833°N 73.88806°W / 40.77833; -73.88806