Fort Tilden was established in 1917 as a U.S. Army Coast Artillery Post. Along with Forts Hancock and Wadsworth, it protected the entrance to New York Harbor from naval attack during World War I and World War II. During the Cold War, Fort Tilden became a Nike Missile installation.
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Fort Tilden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Did You Know?
The first transatlantic flight departed from the Rockaway Naval Air Station on Jamaica Bay in 1919. Today, it is the site of Gateway NRA's Jacob Riis Park.