Deserted road to Flushing Airport hangars (demolished 2008).
|Airport type||Airport (Airfield)|
|Owner||New York City Economic Development Corporation|
|Serves||New York City|
|Location||College Point, Queens|
|Elevation AMSL||5 ft / 2 m|
Flushing Airport opened in 1927. The airport quickly became one of the main airports in the New York City area. It was originally called Speed's Airport and was one of the busiest airports in New York City before the emergence of the larger LaGuardia Airport. In the early 1970s a skywriting company operated there. Without Alton for expansion, the airport became very crowded as time passed. In 1977, a Piper Twin Comanche crashed shortly after taking off, killing those on board. This incident, and the frequent flooding led to the closing of this airport in 1984.
As of 2000, Flushing Airport still had its air corridor reserved under FAA regulations. A company called Airships Unlimited has been lobbying to convert the abandoned airport into a "blimp port," citing the fact that Goodyear blimps used this airport in the 1960s. The benefit of this plan would be to preserve the air corridor for Flushing Airport.
In 2004, the Bloomberg administration proposed rezoning the area for commercial development as part of the already existing College Point Corporate Park. However, the plan has met significant protests from the local residents who fear such zoning would bring too much traffic to the area. The proposal has since been deferred.
As of September 2008, the access road was under reconstruction, to be reopened eventually as a regular public through-street. The north hangar was demolished on September 24. The remaining hangars were also demolished as of October 1. The street was opened to public use around 2016.
- Floyd Bennett Field, another former civilian airport in Southeast Brooklyn
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