Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island

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Fort Wadsworth is a former United States military installation on Staten Island in New York City, situated on The Narrows which divide New York Bay into Upper and Lower halves, a natural point for defense of the Upper Bay and Manhattan beyond. Prior to closing in 1994 it claimed to be the longest continually garrisoned military installation in the United States. Divided into several smaller units, including Fort Tompkins and Fort Richmond, its present name was adopted in 1865 to honor Brigadier General James Wadsworth, who had been killed in the Battle of the Wilderness during the Civil War. Fort Wadsworth is now part of the Staten Island Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, maintained by the National Park Service.
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  • We went to Fort Wadsworth two days after completing the New York Marathon as we wanted to see what it looked like without 50,000 runners milling around waiting to run. It was an interesting place but ...  more »
  • A nice place to see the Verazano and the city from across the water. During certain times of the year you can take a tour of the ruins left over from preparation for war. Bunkers and old buildings are...  more »
  • We visited the Fort on a Sunday and it was nice and peaceful. There are a number of Dramas and films that have been filmed around the Fort. It is a lovely venue as in a residential area so quite uniqu...  more »
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  • A nice place to walk during fair weather seasons. The view of the Verrazano Bridge is spectacular and there are plenty of little treasures to find while exploring. If you walk east along the water, you'll end up at South Beach and eventually the boardwalk. Coast Guard Sector New York is located here and so are the National Park Service. There's a lot going on within this space but it's still friendly for visitors.
  • Beautiful grounds here. Perfect for some celebrations. Parking was easy & it's never too crowded. There's even a church on the campus.
  • State park with lovely views and lighter hiking trails. Guided walking tours can be arranged through visitor's center. There is beach access and a camping area. Some areas are off-limits.
  • Cool but foggy day today As huge that the verazano bridge is we barely can see it.
  • I see Deer all the time, they have a great hill for sledding.

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