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Postby yvonnez » Fri Feb 04, 2005 6:35 pm


Good evening everyone.
First I want to thank everyone, especially Al, for all the lighthouse and
lifesaving station information about New Jersey. We were able to see quite a lights and stations on our return trip from the Outer Banks.

I will be taking a trip to Tarrytown in a couple of weeks and hope to take a
day to travel down to Staten Island to see as many lights as I can down
there. I was hoping to start with Coney Island light and then cross the
bridge and start from there. Any suggestions about the best way to
see them, which to see and how to get there and back to Tarrytown in
one piece.

Thanks for any information or good sites you can provide me with.

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Postby plebetkin » Fri Feb 04, 2005 6:39 pm


sounds like you had a great time; any pictures for us?
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Postby yvonnez » Fri Feb 04, 2005 7:41 pm


Hi,
We took some really great pictures, especially in North Carolina, of
Price's Creek and Roanoke Island and in New Jersey. I have yet to
figure out how to post pictures but would love to if someone would
give me instructions. There was one abandoned light in New Jersey
called the Conover light that I found strangely compelling.
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Postby wheland » Sat Feb 05, 2005 9:01 am


Yvonne,

I'm posting some links to some posts I made on the Harbour lights collectors forum about our tiour of Staten Island.

http://www.lighthousekeepers.com/forums ... 814#000000

http://www.lighthousekeepers.com/forums ... 815#000000

Let me know if you have any problems getting to read them. I'll post it differently.

You may run into problems getting a close look at Coney Island Lighthouse, though. It's located in a gated Jewish community and they are not very accomadating about letting people in to see the Lighthouse.

If you do get there and then cross over the Verrazano Bridge you will be right in the place you want to be though to start your tour. Weed Battery is directly below the bridge at Ft Tompkins.

You can easily see just about all of the Lighthouses of Staten Island in a day. Prince's Bay can be a bit of a challenge to get to, though.

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Postby yvonnez » Sat Feb 05, 2005 11:05 am


Dennis,
Thank you for the great narrative and pictures. I'll use it as a guideline
on order of lights to see. I had heard that it was difficult to get to see
Prince's Bay because it's seen from an orphanage and they don't want anyone wandering around.

I'm going to try to match up directions to your trip and perhaps come up with a few more questions. Thanks again!

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Postby wheland » Sat Feb 05, 2005 11:41 am


Yvonne,

Feel free. It was a bus trip but i have gone to many of the Lighthouses on my own and can help if you need it.

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Postby yvonnez » Sat Feb 05, 2005 5:19 pm


Dennis,
Here's what I've come up with.
Please correct me where I've gone wrong.
I'm getting confused with the directions to Elm Tree/West Bank and
Staten Island Range light. Are they all near each other?

Coney Island Lighthouse
From Tarrytown, I would take 87 South to 278 West toward Triboro Bridge
Merge onto Belt Parkway East to Exit 6 Stillwell Ave to Surf Ave West to
Seagate. Ask permission at the gate. Lighthouse is between B47 and B48

Fort Wadsworth Lighthouse
From Coney Island, take Belt Parkway West to 278 West. Cross Verrazano Bridge and take exit 15 (Bay St) to traffic light. Turn left and continue on Bay St and continue to Fort

Robbins Reef Lighthouse and Nantucket Lightship
Go back to Bay St and continue North to the Ferry Terminal

New Dorp Lighthouse
Go back to 278 West and take Exit 12 south on Slosson/TodtHill Rd Follow
this road for 2 miles until it intersects with Richmond. South on Richmond for .3 miles. Right on Altamont, 4 blocks then left on Beacon. Right on Boyle Street where the lighthouse is

Elm Tree / West Bank Lighthouse
From New Dorp Lighthouse take Richmond Rd West past New Dorp Lane
And at the next traffic signal bear right and continue on Richmond.
Pass Spruce St on the right and Kensico Ave on the left. Right on Lighthouse.
From here on a clear day you can see Coney Island, West Bank, Old Orchard and Romer Shoals.

Staten Island Range Lighthouse
Go back to Richmond. South on Richmond left on Richmond Hill Rd. to
La Tourette Park, left on Edinboro Road.

Old Orchard Shoal Lighthouse
New Dorp Lane to Hylan Blvd South, to Great Kills Park

Prince’s Bay Lighthouse
South on Hylan to Mt. Loretto Unique Area

Great Beds Lighthouse
Go to the end of Hylan to the grounds of the Conference House

Back toTarrytown
Hylan to 278 East to 87 North
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Postby Grover1 » Sat Feb 05, 2005 10:18 pm


Yvonne,

While I will try to locate some pictures tomorrow evening after work, and after the game, two thoughts if I might ...

First, unusual for a range light, the Staten Island Range Light is a must ... it is uniquely ornate and built, if I remember, from off-white brick. Years ago it was a solitary structure at the top of Lighthouse Hill. Today it is surrounded, like many lights, by the affluent and their largesse. The neighbors can be quite the testy lot, although the absolute immediate area around the light is accessible.

Secondly, at Fort Wadsworth, when I visited I wasn't allowed onto the Fort. The sentry was helpful, saying that, although it wasn't much of a light, there is a park less than a 1/4 mile from the main gate that allow a good view. Well, THAT view, with the Verrazano-Narrows bridge behind it, was spectacular ... and the added bonus was, if you looked left instead of right, you were treated to the classic view of the lower NYC skyline. Before 9/11/2001 this was a sight to behold.

I hope you make them all.

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Postby Grover1 » Sun Feb 06, 2005 3:36 pm


Yvonne,

I found these shots of the Staten Island lighthouse in an older album. They were taken 3/25/82 ...

Please keep in mind that this is a range light ...
<img src="http://img231.exs.cx/img231/373/sisland11yz.jpg" width=350>

A closer look at the lantern room ...
<img src="http://img231.exs.cx/img231/4503/sisland24kt.jpg" width=350>

The inscription etched in over the door ...
<img src="http://img231.exs.cx/img231/9319/sisland38ov.jpg" width=450>

I'm still looking for the shots I took fifteen years later. I hope this whets your appetite for your visit ...

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Postby yvonnez » Sun Feb 06, 2005 4:11 pm


Barry,
Those are great pictures! That's an impressive light for a range light.
Seems like it ought to be out on the ocean side someplease...I'm definitely
looking forward to it.
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Postby yvonnez » Sat Feb 12, 2005 11:32 am


Good afternoon everyone.
I'm getting my final directions in order for my Friday-Sunday
Tarrytown- Staten Island lighthouse trip and I wondered if
any of you had any comments about the directions I posted
last week some time. I just had a question or two about
some of the order of seeing the lights and the directions to
Elm Bank I think.

Also, have any of you seen Jeffreys Hook under the George
Washington bridge...is it difficult to get to if you're driving?
Any place to park near by?

Thanks again,
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Postby wheland » Sat Feb 12, 2005 3:51 pm


Yvonne,

Sorry I never got back to you. As I said I was on a bus tour for this so I had to do some checking. I have driven to a number of the Lighthouses on my own but not all of them.

Here goes-

Coney Island is correct. You could actually add Jeffrey's Hook .

Coney Island Lighthouse
From Tarrytown, I would take 87 South to 278 West toward Triboro Bridge
Merge onto Belt Parkway East to Exit 6 Stillwell Ave to Surf Ave West to
Seagate. Ask permission at the gate. Lighthouse is between B47 and B48

Fort Wadsworth is correct.

Fort Wadsworth Lighthouse
From Coney Island, take Belt Parkway West to 278 West. Cross Verrazano Bridge and take exit 15 (Bay St) to traffic light. Turn left and continue on Bay St and continue to Fort

Robbins Reef is correct. I'm not 100% sure that the Nantucket is there at the moment , though. It may still be out on the East End of Long Island.

Robbins Reef Lighthouse and Nantucket Lightship
Go back to Bay St and continue North to the Ferry Terminal

The New Dorp directions look like they will work. They may not be the most direct way- especially going back to I-278 but it is simpler.

New Dorp Lighthouse
Go back to 278 West and take Exit 12 south on Slosson/TodtHill Rd Follow
this road for 2 miles until it intersects with Richmond. South on Richmond for .3 miles. Right on Altamont, 4 blocks then left on Beacon. Right on Boyle Street where the lighthouse is

You are better off if you go to Staten Island Range Lighth from here. go back to Beacon Ave and turn right and take Beacon to richmond and turn right on richmond Rd. follow Richmond to Lighthouse Ave and turn right. Follow that to Edinboro and turn left.


Elm Tree / West Bank Lighthouse
The best way to get to Elm Tree/ West Bank is to retrace your route back to richmond and then turn right on New Dorp La and follow that to the end where Miller field will be on your left. The Elm Tree Lighthis at the end of this road. Park your car there and walk through the dunes to the beach and you'll see the others.

The rest will work but I'm not sure how close you can get to Prince's Bay. We had access because we were on a tour.

Old Orchard Shoal Lighthouse
New Dorp Lane to Hylan Blvd South, to Great Kills Park

Prince’s Bay Lighthouse
South on Hylan to Mt. Loretto Unique Area

Great Beds Lighthouse
Go to the end of Hylan to the grounds of the Conference House

Back toTarrytown
Hylan to 278 East to 87 North[/quote]

Now back to Jeffrey's Hook

Jeffrey's hook is not the best place in NY to go to. you have to walk over the highway then go down and go through a tunnel and keep walking down some more. It's almost like you are somewhere else- it's not the safest place and there is no way to get anybody's attention. I hate to say not to go there but I don't actually reccomend it. You can find a place to park- if you are lucky right at the entrance to the highway near to the bridge that takes you across.


Let me know if you think you will try this and I'll try and direct you to it.

Have you considered trying to get to roosevelt Island Lighthouse on your way from Tarrytown to Staten Island? It's not that difficult and unlike Coney Island you can be assured that you can get to it.

Hope this helps. Sorry it's so late.

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Postby yvonnez » Sat Feb 12, 2005 4:37 pm


Hi Dennis,
Never too late until I'm actually on the road.
I was hesitating about going to Jeffreys Hook by myself, the original trip had someone else going with me, but your description has confirmed my
decision to not go.

Can you give me directions to the Roosevelt Island Light...I read about that but didn't realize it would be easily accessible. I can forgo the Coney
Island light until another time.

Thank you so much for your help.

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Postby wheland » Sat Feb 12, 2005 4:41 pm


Yvonne,

I'll get back to you tomorrow on that. I've got company coming shortly.

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Postby wheland » Mon Feb 14, 2005 12:28 pm


Yvonne,

Here's the directions to Roosevelt Island Lighthouse and on to Ft Wadsworth from Tarrytown.

Be aware of one thing- there are numbered streets and avenues in Queens and they intersect with each other. Read the sign posts carefully.

Take I-87 (it will become the Major Deegan) South to the Exit for the Triborough Bridge (I-278) cross over the bridge and get off at Exit 42 Astoria Blvd/ 29th Street/ Hoyt Avenue. Take Hoyt Ave for a short distance then turn right on 29th St go for a short distance and turn right on Astoria Blvd. Go to 21st Street and turn left. Take 21st Street to 36th Avenue and turn right. Take 36th Avenue to the Roosevelt Island Bridge. Follow signs for the hospital. you will be turning right after you get over the bridge. There will be parking near the end of the road near the hospital. Park there and the Lighthouse is a short walk from there.

To get to Ft Wadsworth from here retrace your route to I-278 ( you may have to go to 31st Street to get on I-278)and then go East on I-278 (Brooklyn-Queens Expy) to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and then follow the directions from there that you already have.

I hope this helps you. We'll be waiting for the pictures and your narrative- including any comments you have on the validity of the directions we've given you. I've done this from memory, old posts and Delorme Street Atlas along with Lighthouse Friends website.

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