Bronx New Deal - Photo #479 - SUNY Maritime College


Most recent update: Fri Jun 12 13:10:10 2015

SUNY Maritime College of the The State University of New York on the Throgs Neck* peninsula, Bronx, NY. Photo by SUNY Maritime College, used by permission. It started as the New York Nautical School in 1874 on a succession of ships moored at various locations in New York City's harbor and waterways. In 1929, it was renamed New York State Merchant Marine Academy, got a new ship, and moved to Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The Throgs Neck peninsula had been home to US Army Fort Schuyler since just before the Civil War. The fort itself is the dark grey pentagon in photo, constructed 1833-1856; it is directly across the water from Fort Totten in Queens, protecting New York Harbor from any new incursion from the north by the British fleet. When the Army left the fort, it was turned over to New York State at the suggestion of Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, a great friend of the Navy and the Merchant Marine owing to his fondness for sailing and his experience as Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the first World War.

After a prolonged struggle with Robert Moses over what the land would be used for (Moses wanted parks and playgrounds and in fact had already