Posted by Nick Pinto
on Thursday, November 13th 2014:
In Reply to: Rockaways Question posted by Arnold on Wednesday, October 22nd 2014:
They were located at what is now Breezy point. The current gated co-op was born in a revolt in 1960, when the Atlantic Improvement Company purchased the peninsula’s tip, threatening to replace bungalows with high-rise projects. A mix of political clout, relentless protests, and lawsuits forced the city to compensate the building company, and the remaining undeveloped land was incorporated into Gateway National Recreation Area in 1974. At the time, President Richard Nixon was reaching out to cities with urban national parks. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area was created that same year in San Francisco. But the skeletons of the projects was already complete, standing forlorn until they were taken down in 1979. Over the years, the co-op continued to fight in court to keep its land off-limits to outsiders, even as it is tucked inside a national park, inside the country’s most populated city.
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