• Get away to Gateway, where you can camp and stay healthy with heart-smart activities. Photo by Sebastiano Privitera; used by permission.


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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.

  • The Floyd Bennett Field Archery Range will be closed on October 22

    Sections of the archery range parking lot will be excavated by the Army Corps of Engineers, to remove defunct fuel lines. The archery range will reopen October 23.


Fort Hancock's 9 gun battery firing, 1941.

Fort Hancock's 9 gun battery being test fired, 1941.

NPS/Gateway NRA Museum Collection

National Parks are special places. These are places that tell the fascinating stories of our country and its vast and diverse natural and historical heritage. At Gateway, these places tell the stories of our nation's defense, the golden age of aviation and the evolution of aviation technology, maritime safety, public recreation, natural resource protection, and the history of New York.

Our nation's defenses are a dominating feature of Gateway NRA's places. These locations defended New York City from attack in the War of 1812 (2nd system), Civil War (3rd system), Spanish-American War (Endicott system), World War I, World War II (New York Harbor Defenses 1907-1945) and the Cold War (Nike Missiles). Click on the links below to view a place of interest.


Did You Know?

Fort Hancock Foghorn newspaper announces Judy Garland's performance in 1943

Did you know that many celebrities visited Fort Hancock in World War II? Judy Garland performed for the soldiers at Fort Hancock in 1943. Lana Turner also visited the fort during the war. More...