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Staten Island, New York City 


Fort Wadsworth

Fort Wadsworth once guarded the entrance of New York Harbor for more than 200 years. The Dutch first fortified the current location of the fort in the 17th century and during British rule constructed batteries. The fort was a US Army post in 1924 and turned over to the US Navy in 1979 before closing in 1994. Today, the National Park Service manages the former fort as part of the National Gateway Recreational Area, though the US Coast Guard and US Army Reserves occupy some parts of the fort.
Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island (New York City)

Fort Wadsworth by Jim Henderson

Fort Wadsworth faces a narrow strip of water known as the Narrows, offering a commanding view of Brooklyn and the New Jersey shorelines. The U-shaped four-story fort features catacomb-like tunnels or passageways in the batteries. The fort opens to visitors throughout the day, though the Visitor Center opens Wednesday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are interative exhibits at the Visitor Center and informative guided tours around the fort are available by the fort’s park rangers.
Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island (New York City)

Rear view of Fort Wadsworth by whomever

Location: End of Bay Street, near Verrazano Bridge.

Website: New York Harbor Parks


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