Fort Tilden, Breezy Point

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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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  • The old Fort Tilden is now a recreational area near Riis Beach. It is a great place to bike ride but there is no parking available.  more »
  • Fort Tilden (Fort Tilden) is part of the national recreation area located in the tip of the Rockaway peninsula (The Rockaway Peninsula). This is the area for Beach play, swimming and fishing point, historic military heritage (1917, Fortress). Could see through the window before the plane from Japan to land at John f. Kennedy International Airport, but a means of transport other than the car rental, visit in the land at this time.
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  • Love exploring this place! All the abandoned buildings are a lot of fun and something you don't see much anymore in NYC. If you have a car its a great little day trip.
  • Beautiful, wild park. On one side is a view of the NY skyline, but climb to the other side, and it is ocean as far as you can see.
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