City of New York
This lighthouse is now part of a city park. It was built with the help of prison labor and was established as a private aid to navigation.
Tower Height: 50
Height of Focal Plane: 56
Characteristic and Range: Fixed red light.
Description of Tower: Gray, octagonal stone tower.
This light is not operational
Date Established: 1872
Date Present Tower Built: 1872
Date Deactivated: early 1970s
Optics: Fourth order Fresnel lens.
Current Use: Attraction in park.
Open To Public? Grounds only.
This lighthouse is located within 147-acre Lighthouse Park on the western shore of Roosevelt Island. Roosevelt Island is accessible via a bridge at 36th Avenue and Vernon Blvd. in Astoria, Queens. It is also accessible via a tramway from from Second Avenue and 60th Street. For tram information, call (212) 832-4543. Also, the Q102 Queens Transit bus circles the island and carries passengers to and from Queens. It can be picked up at Queensboro Plaza or at 59th Street & 2nd Avenue in Manhattan. Alert the driver of your destination.