08/29/2011 - 11:21am

Lore has it that Hog Island – a little spit of land off the coast of Far Rockaway that was said to resemble the back of a hog -- was washed away in the hurricane of 1893.  But though this story is trotted out every time New York City is threatened (like now) by another hurricane, contemporaneous sources suggest a more gradual end.

J.B. Beers, New Map of Kings and Queens Counties, 1886

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