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Fort Tilden (Gateway National Recreation Area)


The Rockaways have a long history of military use and records exist of a blockhouse inititally constructed on the peninsula during the War of 1812. The piece of land now known as Fort Tilden was already being used as a Coast Guard Station when it was officially named for former New York Governor Samuel J. Tilden on August 1, 1917. Later, the Cold War brought anti-aircraft guns and Nike Missiles to Fort Tilden before the site was deactivated in 1974. It is now part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. 

169 State Road
Breezy Point, NY 11697

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