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  • Sand Replenishment at Jacob Riis Park Beach

    Sand replenishment at Jacob Riis Park Beach has begun. During this project, sections of the beach will be closed to the public for their safety. Replenishment is expected to take up to two weeks.

Fort Hancock

Soldiers pose with 12 inch gun that shot 1,080 pound projectiles.

Soldiers of the 245th Coast Artillery pose with the 12-inch gun at Battery Kingman, c. 1943.

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Fort Hancock, named in 1895 for General Winfield Scott Hancock, protected New York Harbor until 1974. It was a U.S. Army Coast Artillery Post.

For more details on Fort Hancock, click here.

Fort Hancock is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark.

View the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground Historic District National Landmark Nomination.

View the Fort Hancock Historic Resource Study 1895-1948.

View the Fort Hancock Historic Resource Study 1948-1974.

An early view of the Fort Hancock Parade Ground, c 1900.
An early view of the Fort Hancock Parade Ground, c. 1900.  Note Officers' Row originally had shutters.
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Dimmed and camoflagued Sandy Hook lighthouse at night in World War II.

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