During WWII Floyd Bennett Field served as the HQ for commissioning the Navy's aircrafts. Over 100K military aircrafts were manufactured & deployed to the frontline. Learn about NYC's war sites on MF: Read more.
Fort Tilden originally served as one of the most modern additions to the fortifications of NY Harbor. It was decommissioned as a military installation in 1974. Discover other NYC's war sites on MF: Read more.
This coastal artillery base operated as a proving ground from 1874 to 1919. It's role evolved in WWII, when it played a pivotal role in defending NY's harbor from enemy submarines. Read more.
Did you know that the Brooklyn-side base of the Verrazano Bridge was once the site of Fort Lafayette? Built during the War of 1812, the construction of the bridge caused the fort's destruction in 1960 Read more.
Since as early as the American Revolution, Fort Hamilton served as a strategic & popular military installation. Discover more local historic war sites on MetroFocus: Read more.
Fort Wadsworth has been around since the mid-1600s. Rich in American history and beauty this fort was once home to the British, New York's Navy and now the Coast Guard. Learn more on MetroFocus Read more.
Did you know that during WWII the Brooklyn Army Terminal was used to ship 85% of Army supplies overseas? Learn more about this historic gem on MetroFocus Read more.
When Miller Field was first built around WWI, it was the only coastal defense air station in the eastern US and was part of the network of fortifications around NYC. Learn more on MetroFocus Read more.
The circular castle, designed by the head of the Army Corps of Engineers in 1807, was used as a jail for Confederate troops and AWOL Union troops during the Civil War. Read more on MetroFocus Read more.
One of NYC's most multi-functional landmarks, serving multiple roles: a fort, America's first immigration station (before Ellis Island), a beer garden, theater, public aquarium & a national monument. Read more.
Did you know that after the Declaration of Independence was signed, the first battle of the Revolutionary War -- the Battle of Brooklyn -- took place in Brooklyn Heights? Learn more on MetroFocus Read more.
Following the American Revolution this naval facility produced some of the greatest ships during the the Civil War and WWII. Learn more on MetroFocus Read more.
During the Revolutionary War, a fleet of British prison ships were anchored in the bay. Almost 10K American soliders died of neglect onboard & their bodies were buried along the shores of Brooklyn. Read more.
Historic Fun Fact: In September, 1776, 4,000 British forces arrived in what it now known as the Landing of Kip's Bay. The storming troops quickly took hold of NYC. Learn more on MetroFocus. Read more.
Historic Fun Fact: During the War of 1812, this unpopulated island was used to house defense stations and artillery. Learn more on MetroFocus Read more.