“Broad Channel, marginal land in Jamaica Bay near the JFK Airport. New York City owns this land and leases it for five year periods. This renter is cultivating a vegetable garden.”
Arthur Tress took this picture* in May 1973 for DOCUMERICA, a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which “photographically document[ed] subjects of environmental concern” from about 1972 to 1977.
Note that the house is raised on pilings, as well as the walkway from the back door to the garden.
There are more pictures from DOCUMERICA here.
*Via the U.S. National Archives Commons on flickr. Caption by photographer or EPA.