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PO Box 97

Brooklyn, NY 11214-0097

(718) 236-0678


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18th Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets
Brooklyn, NY 11214

Dec. 6: FHNU Lecture Series: Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field - New York's First Airport
Floyd Bennett Field in the 1930's.
BROOKLYN Floyd Bennett Field, New York City's first airport, will be the subject of a lecture by Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger on Tuesday December 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish House of the New Utrecht Reformed Church, 18th Avenue and 84th Street in Bensonhurst. The event, sponsored by the Friends of Historic New Utrecht, is free to the public.

Opened in 1931, Floyd Bennett Field, named for a Brooklyn-born aviator, was the City's first airport and the first in the country built with concrete runways. It was the scene of flights by many of the country's aviation pioneers, such as Amelia Earhart, Wiley Post and Howard Hughes. In 1941, the City transferred the field to the Navy, and during World War II it was one of the Navy's most active bases. Transferred to the National Park Service in 1972, Floyd Bennett still has an aviation role as the base for the NYPD's helicopter fleet.

The 1892 Parish House is part of the landmarked campus of the New Utrecht Reformed Church, home to a congregation organized by Dutch settlers in 1677, which also includes the 1828 Church, now undergoing interior repairs and restoration, and the 1783 New Utrecht Liberty Pole. The Parish House is at 18th Avenue and 84th Street in Bensonhurst, with bus (B8, B1) and subway (D train) lines nearby.

The December 6 lecture is one in a series of free concerts and history-related events offered each year by the Friends of Historic New Utrecht. Persons interested in learning more about the lecture and other Friends or activities about New Utrecht's landmarks and its history are invited to contact (718) 256-7173 or mail@historicnewutrecht.org, and to visit www.historicnewutrecht.org or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/FriendsofHistoricNewUtrecht.

The Friends organization's program of free public events is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, Councilman Vincent Gentile and Councilman Mark Treyger.

Brooklyn Eagle - Landmarked Bensonhurst church needs funds to finish restoration
Landmarked Bensonhurst church needs funds to finish restoration - from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Sept. 7, 2016
Restoration news
Sancturary restoration
As part of the ongoing restoration of the New Utrecht Church, the vaulted ceiling of the sanctuary was removed and completely replaced. Work on the damaged ceiling began in May 2013. Elaborate scaffolding was erected to allow the workmen access to the flat and barrel-vaulted areas of the ceiling. The new ceiling was completed in August 2015 and the scaffolding was removed. The installation and removal of the scaffolding caused extensive damage to the walls which must be repaired and painted. Additional funds are needed to complete repairs to the organ alcove and sanctuary walls. Donations to help with this work can be sent to:

New Utrecht Reformed Church Restoration Fund
P.O. Box 97
Brooklyn, NY 11214-0097

Donations to New Utrecht Reformed Church
Donations in the memory of Bruce Hodgman may be mailed to:
New Utrecht Reformed Church
P.O. Box 97
Brooklyn, NY 11214-0097

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