• A New Deal Town Fights for Its Future

    The first of three greenbelt towns built and owned by the federal government during the Great Depression, Greenbelt, Maryland, ten miles north of Washington, D.C. was considered “utopian” when it opened in 1937. Greenbelt’s residents had to overcome many obstacles… read more

  • Belt Parkway – Brooklyn NY

    Originally called the “Circumferential Parkway, “this roughly 25 mile stretch of highways forms a “belt-like circle around the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.” What is now known officially as the “Belt Parkway” is comprised of three other… read more

  • Breininger Park – Jamaica NY

    The City acquired Breininger Park (previously known as Braddock Park) in 1938. The Department of Parks officially announced the opening of the park in August 1939: “In Queens, the new playground is located at Braddock Avenue and 240 Street, in… read more

  • Joseph F. DiNapoli Playground – Brooklyn NY

    A June 1936 press release announced the opening of a new playground in Canarsie Park “fully equipped with play apparatus for young and older children.” The NYC Parks site confirms this date and explains the history of this site: “Located… read more

  • Plumb Island – Brooklyn NY

    Plumb Beach (sometimes spelled “Plum”) is a beach along the north shore of Rockaway Inlet, across the creek from Marine Park. It was originally an island, but Hog Creek was filled in during the late 1930s. The beach area was… read more