Fort Tilden, also known as Fort Tilden Historic District, is a former United States Army installation on the coast in the New York City borough of Queens. Fort Tilden now forms part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, and is administered by the National Park Service.
Fort Tilden Historic District is located on the Rockaway Peninsula, between Jacob Riis Park to the east and Breezy Point Tip to the west. All three of these sites are operated by the National Park Service.
Fort Tilden in 2014 has largely become a natural area of beach, dunes and maritime forest. Most of the old military installations are abandoned, and military structures which formerly housed artillery (batteries) and ammunition (magazines) are covered in graffiti. A few buildings have been renovated and are used by local arts groups, and some large open areas are used as sports grounds. Atop one of the old batteries, Battery Harris East, a viewing platform has 360-degree views, which include the city, New York Harbor, and the Atlantic Ocean. The wilder parts of Fort Tilden are popular with bird-watchers and other nature-lovers, and the beach areas are frequently used for fishing.
The fort first served as a coast artillery installation and ended its service as a Nike Hercules and Nike Ajax missile site. However, the historic gun batteries and other military fortifications remain closed to the public. Some of these structures are very hazardous.
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Lovely to walk through and see the beauty of the ocean. The “road” was badly damaged by Hurricane sandy, but it still has that raw, rugged beauty. Worth a visit for a walk and a sit by the ocean... more »
What a great find! We went on a weekday in the summer. Thankfully, we found a spot on the road to park. We noticed tickets on cars who were in the lots without a permit. The walk was lovely. My..... more »
Part of the Gateway NRA. Old military base along wild undeveloped beach. Can walk from / to Riis Beach for grub and more civilian fare. Nature is allowed to reclaim most areas. Some trails to bunkers and hidden installations. No life guards. Fishing with permits. Ball fields and picnic areas. No concessions. Artist alliance theater and gallery/studio.
It's a great public beach. No city rules but swim at your own risk. Great place to drink with no police interference
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