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

    Gateway

    National Recreation Area NY,NJ

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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.

Stories

Sandy Hook's Fort Hancock was home for many Army families between 1898 and 1974.

Sandy Hook's Fort Hancock was home for many Army families between 1898 and 1974.

NPS Archives

Within Gateway NRA, a multitude of stories can be told. Visit the National Park Service's Park Histories Page to see detailed Gateway NRA Historic Resource Studies and Historic Structures Reports.

Look below for a variety of park brochures. Click on each to view/print.

Sandy Hook Publications

Old Army Town tells the story of Fort Hancock, established in 1895.

Sandy Hook Lighthouse tells the history of the oldest light in the United States.

*New Sandy Hook Lighthouse, The Facts, Mystery and History Surrounding America's Oldest Operating Lighthouse.

Defenses of Sandy Hook talks about the military fortifications beginning in the Revolutionary War and ending in the Nike Missile Era.

United States Life-Saving Service discusses the role of this predecessor to the U.S. Coast Guard in the two stations on Sandy Hook.

Womens Army Corps details the history of the first women in the U.S. Army and their arrival at Fort Hancock in World War II.

Sandy Hook Proving Ground tells the story of the U.S. Army's first Proving Ground established to test new guns in 1874.

Highland Beach, New Jersey: A Jersey Shore Destination 1881-1962 explains the story of the beach resort that existed at the southern end of Sandy Hook.

Radar Testing and Development from 1933 to 1942 at Fort Hancock tells the story of how early radar was tested on the beaches of Sandy Hook.

Spermaceti Cove Life-Saving Station Historic Structure Report, 2008

Jamaica Bay Publications

Floyd Bennett Field: The Municipal Airport tells the story of the airport's role in the "Golden Age" of aviation.

Floyd Bennett Field: World War II 1941 - 1945 tells the story of Naval Air Station - New York's role in the Second World War.

 

Did You Know?

Women's Army Corps soldiers crossing out the

Did you know that Fort Hancock, unlike most Army posts during World War II, had a racially integrated unit? The 1225th Army Service Unit had African-American soldiers and in 1943 received a group from the Women's Army Corps. More...