But then I saw "NIKE Missile Base", which led to this piece about an honest-to-god anti-aircraft missle base in Rocky Point, about 7 miles North of the lab. From there, the research is straightforward, given all of the cold war buffs out there who seem to be keeping the Wiki pages complete. It seems the program ended in 1974, with the SALT I treaty, and now it's a ball field and low-income housing. That said, I'm still not absolutely sure the Nike missiles housed here were actually nuclear (although it was certainly an option for the Hercules), but I'm really staggered to hear about a missile site so close to home.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Funny how there are often amazing things around you, and you never notice until you trip over them. I was chatting with a colleague today about how one could improve the commute to Brookhaven from NYC, and I started looking at Google maps to see how close the LIRR tracks came to the lab (a man can dream about a new train station just where he wants it, right?). Then my network connection at home collapsed briefly (my mom is in town so I am telecommuting today), and I resorted to my ever-lovin' Google Maps Mobile on my Blackberry Curve (no iPhone for me, yet). And lo, what did I see there -- and not on the normal version -- but "Suffolk Meadow Race Track", just southwest of the lab. A little Googling got me to the interesting "Long Island Oddities" site, which has this neat article about the honest-to-god horserace track, which was open from 1977 to 1988.