30 Aug 1941, New York Times, p. 11 :
AN EDEN IS FOUND ON EAST SIDE ROOF
Bachelor Grows Tomatoes, Peas, Petunias All Together in a Tenement Setting
IT'S CALLED 'TAR BEACH'
There's One Big Problem Now Facing This Amateur-Is the Corn Ready to Eat?
PHOTO CAPTION: William H. Geis at work on his flower and vegetable garden atop his home at 137 East Thirty-third Street.
6 July 1952. New York Times, p. 39:
Two patrolmen went hunting on the "tar beaches" of the Bronx yesterday and in the line of duty captured a twenty-five-pound opossum.