Day 1272

Twin piers in Sommerville Basin

June 24th, 2015

After the Edgemere Landfill was closed in 1991, some 700,000 cubic yards of topsoil were needed to cap the landfill. At the urging of community leaders, the city agreed to bring in the soil by barge instead of truck. These mirror-image piers (aerial views: 1996 and now) were constructed around 1995 as part of a conveyor system used in unloading the barges. Once the piers were no longer needed for that purpose, the city converted them into fishing platforms in what is now Rockaway Community Park.

If you gaze into the distance (zoom in), you can see the skylines of Lower and Midtown Manhattan.

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