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Ian Jane
11-10-2014, 06:40 PM
So on Sat. I went on a 9 mile hike up the coast of the Rockaway Peninsula. Hadn't been out this way since before Hurricane Sandy hit it hard two years ago. Started at Jacob Riss Park and then went up to Ft. Tilden, a fort used to defend NYC during WWI and WWII and then a Nike Missile base during the Cold War. At any rate, Sandy moved a lot of water in and with the water came the sand.

This is a pretty rad place and a bit of a magnet for graffiti artists because it's way, way, way out of the way and most of the buildings are secluded and/or surrounded in brush.

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Ian Jane
11-10-2014, 06:42 PM
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Ian Jane
11-10-2014, 06:44 PM
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This monument used to be much, much closer to the shoreline where there was once a boardwalk. Most of that boardwalk is gone now and this giant slab of stone has been moved way back towards where the brush starts to come in.

Don't fuck with mother nature. There were three of us on this hike and we could not budge it.

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Ian Jane
11-10-2014, 06:45 PM
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Here's another one of those monuments, also moved a good 100ft or so from where it used to be.

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As you move further inland through the brush along the man made trails that you may or may not supposed to be on, you can start to get close to what's left of the old military installations. Here's the first of two batteries, all locked up now and eerily quiet....

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...and here's a neat graffiti piece inside. I think that's Bob Dylan's head in the corner.

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Ian Jane
11-10-2014, 06:48 PM
You can climb to the top of this one, the parks commission has installed a not too rickity stairway. Once you get up, you get a great view. The ocean on one side, and if you look closely, the skyline of Manhattan on the other side. Hard to tell from this compressed and tiny picture but it's there, trust me.

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In between the batteries are old magazine buildings where there are still remnants of the tracks that ran through them so that if need be, the soldiers stationed at the base could get the giant shells to the batteries quickly (and then load them into the massive guns that were stationed there and pointing seaward to take out any advancing enemy ships).

All of these magazine buildings are off the main trails a bit and in the brush, you have to work a bit to get to them but once inside, they're beautiful in their own rotting, ridiculously vandalized way.

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Ian Jane
11-10-2014, 06:49 PM
I'll post the second batch tomorrow.

Ian Jane
11-10-2014, 06:56 PM
Also it would seem I need to clean my lens, haha.

Ian Jane
11-11-2014, 11:33 AM
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Ian Jane
11-11-2014, 11:34 AM
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The end.

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ZoSo
11-11-2014, 12:53 PM
Thanks Ian, some great pics there. I love seeing "forgotten" sights like these. Not many in my area to explore.