I have lived in Staten Island for ten years now and one of my favorite places to spend quiet time or sit and touch the past is Fort Wadsworth up on one of the cliffs of Staten Island. The land was first fortified with a 1663 blockhouse; and Battery Weed, the magnificent structure still sitting right on the water, was started in 1806.
Today the Verrazano Bridge arches over the fort and adds to the grandeur of the place. It has the most magnificent views of New York Harbor and the skylines that surround it: Manhattan, New Jersey and Brooklyn. It is open to the public, so if you are ever out this way make a special effort to see it, you won’t be disappointed. Very few people seem to know it is there, so I rarely see anyone else around, making it feel kinda like my own secret place.
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