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Beach Channel Drive

Beach Channel Drive is the main thoroughfare in the Rockaway Peninsula in the New York City borough of Queens. It extends from the Nassau County border at Inwood westward to the Marine Parkway Bridge at the end of Jacob Riis Park. From Hammels westward, it follows along Jamaica Bay on the northern side of the peninsula.

Originally a relatively short street west of the site of the present-day Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, the drive was greatly expanded by consolidating a number of existing thoroughfares and constructing some linking roadways.

Beach Channel Drive was also the launching point for the first transatlantic flight. On May 8, 1919, four United States Navy Navy-Curtis model seaplanes had taken off from what is now Beach Channel Drive in Neponsit to Newfoundland, Canada, the Azores Islands, and Lisbon, Portugal. Finally on May 31, 1919, only one plane, piloted by Lt. Commander Albert C. Read, arrived in Plymouth, England.


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