Location: Rockaway Peninsula, Queens, NY
Since I have already authored a blog post about Fort Tilden on my other blog, Brooklyn Relics, this post is mostly going to be a photo essay. I don’t want to duplicated content or do double work. However, here is the site’s history in a nutshell: Fort Tilden was commissioned during WWI, was expanded and upgraded for WWII and repurposed for the Cold War. The base’s original purpose was to protect New York Harbor from enemy ships. During the Cold War emphasis was shifted from anti-ship artillery to surface-to-air missiles. After the Cold War the base was decommissioned and turned into part of Gateway National Park. Next time the weather is warm and sunny pay the park a visit and explore whats left of the military relics. From what I could tell the park rangers are more concerned about keeping people off the dunes than out of the buildings. So, explore away and be careful not to disrupt the dune ecosystem.
Artillery Bunkers & Machine Gun Nests