Tuesday, March 8, 2016

New York - Queens - Fort Tilden & Neponsit

I am in Manhattan a few times a year and have always wanted to get out to the Rockaways to seek out the older Fort Tilden buildings left to decay including the Neponsit Hospital.
Above/Below: Neponsit Health Center still sits abandoned after 18 years. The city has been paying $127,000 a year to keep up the grounds/building and security service (to my dismay). Although the grounds were heavily cleaned up in 2008, it is now another 8 years later and the building still looks somewhat derelict and unkept.
As said before, there is security on premises 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Although I walked right past the guard and into the main courtyard area, I did not want to push my luck (although i really wanted to get inside).
 
 Buildings related to Fort Tilden and the surrounding old base.


 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.




 Above/Below: Train Locomotive repair shed

 Artillery/Ammunition storage





Below: Battery Harris West
 Battery Harris East and West provided 28 miles of coverage in the case of an attack by sea. These battery's contained Nike Hercules Missiles which were out in the open long prior to the decommissioning of the base.
 Happy and Safe exploring.....and always remember to leave sites the way they were when you arrived.

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