I was recently reminded of my first approach to JFK, in 1992. It was a pre-dawn arrival on a red-eye from LAX. As I recall, we passed over the Varazzano Narrows, over developed areas of Brooklyn, and then landed on 13R.
I know 13R arrivals are rare, and it seems like a good noise abatement runway for the final approach, but it seems like much of the approach was over fairly developed areas. Was this a common pre-dawn approach then, and is it now?