National Geographic : 1951 Mar
301 Long Island's Aerial Ambulance Makes Travel Swift and Easy for the Disabled Chief pilot Frank Steinman (cap) once landed in the Labrador wilderness and flew a stricken coal-mine owner to a New York hospital. In winter he rescues skiers injured at New England resorts. Here at Roose velt Field, near Mineola, he loads a stretcher case aboard his custom-built hospital plane. Mrs. Steinman (at door) serves as medical attendant, copilot, and navigator. planning genius, doesn't let it go at that. Head of the Long Island State Park Commis sion (among other public-project commis sions), he aims to improve its recreational possibilities. Establishment and maintenance of parks scattered from Brooklyn to Montauk, and miles of superb parkways leading to them (page 307), are largely results of his vision. Hundreds of Miles of Bathing Beaches He planned it this way back in 1924. And he has by no means finished: park improve ment continues, parkways reach farther out. In one recent year nine million persons played, picnicked, and relaxed at places re served for their enjoyment in Nassau and Suffolk. Robert Moses doesn't wish to beat Nature; he strives to save it. The island's gentle topography and rela tively mild maritime climate help him. The 600-mile shore line forms virtually one con- tinuous bathing beach (page 280). Sheltered bays and inlets harbor thousands of small craft; 81 yacht and motorboat clubs sprinkle the water front. Fishing grounds are ubiq uitous. Nearly 100 golf courses roll with the land. No one seems to have counted tennis courts, but every sports follower knows of the inter nationally famous West Side Tennis Club at Forest Hills (page 289). Racing, steeplechas ing, and trotting draw enormous crowds. Polo is played on the International Field of Meadow Brook Club at Westbury (page 285), as well as on other Long Island fields. Bethpage State Park, not far from Levit town, has clubhouse, polo, bridle paths, golf, and tennis for the average or even poor man. Anyone can walk into the spacious colonial clubhouse and use lockers, showers, lounges, or dining rooms. Here I found everything usually associated with the most exclusive clubs except high fees and exclusiveness.