Friday, January 24, 2014

Fort Hamiliton and Fort Lafayette


 Here are so cool shots of Fort Lafayette and Fort Hamilton. These forts are/ were at the entrance of the upper New York harbor. Fort Lafayette, like many islands and forts in the NYC area, was a prison during the Civil War. Again I got these images from the Brooklyn Museum of Art web site. I hope to get some modern photographs to match up this in the  future.

From wikipedia - (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Lafayette)

Fort Lafayette was an island coastal fortification in the Narrows of New York Harbor, built offshore from Fort Hamilton at the southern tip of what is now Bay Ridge in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The fort was built upon a natural island known as Hendrick's Reef.
Construction on the fort began during the War of 1812 and was finally completed in 1818, the fort originally named Fort Diamond was renamed in 1825 to celebrate the Marquis de La Fayette, a hero of the American Revolution who was returning to his native France after his year-long grand tour of the United States.
Construction of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge caused the fort's destruction in 1960; the Brooklyn-side bridge pillars now occupy the fort's former foundation site.

Below are some stereo photographs of Fort Hamilton.I also want to say the Harbor Defence Museum is worth checking out- http://www.harbordefensemuseum.com/

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