Floyd Bennett Field was built at the end of the 1920s in order to give New York City its own airport and avoid having to rely on Newark; however, despite its superb airport facilities, Floyd Bennett Field was never a commercial success, being cursed by the relative remoteness and isolation (compared to Newark) of its location in far southeastern Brooklyn. As a result, when the airlines and the airmail stayed at Newark, LaGuardia Airport was built in northern Queens, quickly becoming much more successful than Floyd Bennett ever was, and remaining New York’s primary airport until 1948, when Idlewild Airport (JFK from 1963) opened in far southeastern Queens. Idlewild/JFK, in turn, quickly came to overshadow both LaGuardia and Newark, and has been the primary airport of the New York metropolis ever since.
But JFK is even more remote than Floyd Bennett!
If remoteness killed Floyd Bennett, why hasn’t it killed JFK?