Join the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service at the Ryan Visitor Center at Floyd Bennett Field for Open House New York Weekend! Every October, Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York.
We are excited to be a part of Open House New York Weekend, engaging New Yorkers and visitors in New York City’s first municipal airport, Floyd Bennett Field in Marine Park, Brooklyn! Experience the Golden Age of Aviation in Floyd Bennett Field's Ryan Visitor Center. Now part of the National Park Service's Gateway National Recreation Area, Floyd Bennett Field served as New York City's first municipal airport beginning in 1931, quickly becoming the country's most important airport. The Ryan Visitor Center, formerly the administration building and glamorous terminal for the airport, has been restored by the National Park Service. The terminal was a modern marvel of its time, where well-heeled travelers enjoyed amenities including a restaurant, barbershop, newsstand, and a cocktail bar leading out to views over the airport's runways. The terminal now houses a museum telling the story of Floyd Bennett Field and the famous aviators, Amelia Earhart and Howard Hughes among them, who flew there.
View the museum exhibits and take a peek at the tunnels underneath the runways, not generally open to the public, where airport staff transported travelers' luggage to their planes. After your visit to the Ryan Visitor Center, take a self-guided walking tour of the Historic Aircraft Restoration Project, where expert volunteers work on Gateway's collection of historic aircraft.
More information here: Floyd Bennett Field Ryan Visitor Center
We look forward to seeing you at Floyd Bennett Field!