Staten Island, NY – May 2018 – Island Life

After Coney Island we headed to Staten Island for the rest of the afternoon. To get there we crossed the impressive Verrazano Bridge.

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At one time the longest span suspension bridge in the world, it is still an impressive structure with 8 lanes on each of the two decks.

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We arrived at the other side and went to Fort Wadsworth.

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Being on a hill at the narrows entering New York Harbor, this site has been a military post since the 1600s with the Dutch. The existing structure was built in the mid 1800s.

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As we continued our hike we had a great look at the underside of the bridge.

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When the Verrazano Bridge was being designed the community insisted they bypass both this fort and Forth Hamilton on the Brooklyn side. They did bypass it, but not by much.

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Just south of the fort is South Beach, a bit of tropics in Staten Island. The view in the distance is Brooklyn.

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Our final view was of a large cargo ship passing under the bridge.

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