Whatever happened to Hog Island?

A mile-long spit of land that surfaced off the coast of the Rockaways in the mid-1800s, Hog Island eventually became a popular summertime seaside resort along the lines of Rockaway Beach and Brighton Beach.

This favorite vacation destination for Tammany Hall politicians featured the usual late-19th century bathing facilities, pavilions, restaurants, and regular ferries. 

Farrockawayprint

This print depicts neighboring resort Rockaway Beach. Hog Island probably looked similar.

So what happened to this modern-day Atlantis? First, it was battered by the Hurricane of 1893. While this category-2 storm reportedly triggered 30-foot sea swells off Coney Island on the night of August 23, it decimated the buildings on Hog Island.

A few more brutal storms in the 1890s sealed its fate; the sea swallowed it back up in 1902.

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21 Responses to “Whatever happened to Hog Island?”

  1. How to Tell When a Dive Becomes a Diva - City Room Blog - NYTimes.com Says:

    [...] Hog Island, a small spit of land off the Rockaways, was a 19th-century resort like Coney Island before it sank beneath the waves. [Ephemeral New York] [...]

  2. Marty Nislick Says:

    http://www.rockawaymemories.com/HogIsland4.htm

  3. wildnewyork Says:

    Great link, thanks for sending it on.

  4. steve krokowski Says:

    a trolley line also went to hog island.it entered the waters at beach 19th.st.&went to sea via a wooden trestle apx.1000 in length.the company that operated it was the long island electric[later to become jamaica central railways]

  5. mike bariciano Says:

    is this the fate of fire island ?

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  9. Donald L Klipstein Says:

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  12. The political superstorm that devastated New York Says:

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