Since we've already latched onto one post from the Gowanus Lounge today, we'd also like to draw your attention to this other great post of theirs about Hog Island, which was part of Queens until a hurricane hit it in 1893:
In Honor of Hurricane Season: The Hog Island Story
The 1893 storm, which was a Category 2, came ashore in Jamaica Bay, near where JFK airport sits today. Some saloons, casinos and resort hotels on a sandy spit of land called Hog Island were completely washed away. A few miles west of the hurricane's eye, almost every building on Coney Island was destroyed.
Photo from Gowanus Lounge