Fort Wadsworth Travel Blog› entry 613 of 1090 › view all entries
Okay, okay! I admit! I did not manage my Curaçao vacation well.... I left last Saturday so I could recover from the long journey on Sunday and resume my work week on Monday. But, I overlooked the fact that it is Martin Luther King Day today! Well, that gave me an extra day to get used to the cold weather and to finish something I started more than a month ago. See my weblog here! On the 4th of December I visited the Brooklyn side of the Verrazano- Narrows Bridge, the huge suspension bridge that connects Staten Island with Brooklyn.
My intention was to walk to the island via the bridge and visit Fort Wadsworth. As you could read in the log entry, the Verrazano Bridge does not have a pedestrian path. So, today I took the subway, the Staten Island ferry, and the bus to Fort Wadsworth, the other side of the Verrazano Bridge, on Staten Island.
Fort Wadsworth is an old fort that dates back to 1663 when first military installments were set up at its current location. The reason for the location of the fort is exactly the same reason why the Verrazano Bridge was constructed at this site. It is the place where Staten Island is closest to Long Island (Brooklyn), so a logical place to build defense structures.
During the course of history the fort was taken by the British and surrendered back to the Americans. It was re-constructed, re-enforced, and re-named several times. Also the owners changed many times: military, coastguard, and now the National Park Service, which manages the fort as a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area (see several weblogs about this place here, here, here, and here).
The NPS website clearly states the site is open from Wednesday to Sunday. I only read that later and thus ended up at a closed fort. It was completely covered in snow and the only living creatures present where several geese. It was not too big a problem for me. One can still walk in between the old walls en enjoy the strategic and magnificent view on Brooklyn, Manhattan, and New Jersey.
A very strange coincidence occurred: On the 4th of December when I was standing on the other side of the bridge I witnessed the MOL Endownment, a sister ship of the boat that brought my belongings to New York, leaving the New York Harbor, setting course for The Netherlands. While I was enjoying the view over the narrows yet another ship of the MOL line, MOL Endurance, steamed along and (so I learned later) again set course for The Netherlands.
I strolled a bit more over the former military grounds and caught a bus to Brooklyn (over the huge bridge!). I go back to the fort in summer. So, to be continued!
More pictures below!