Fort Totten

Fort Totten

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Fort Totten is a civil war fortress located near Bayside Queens in Queens County,  New York.  You can catch a glimpse of it from the Throgs Neck Bridge.   The fort was built in 1862 to protect New York Harbor from attack.  In 1954 to 1974 it served  as part of the Project Nike air defense site.  In 1995 Fort Totten’s use as a military base ended.  Today it is the home of the New York Police and Fire Department training center, the U.S. Coast Guard, 77th Army Reserve Command and New York City Parks.

The first set of photographs are from the Public Parks section where anyone can visit.  The second set of photographs are of an abandoned battery that is not open to the public.

This is the tunnel you walk through to get to the Fort.

Tunnel to the Fort

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The amazing stone work at the Fort mirrored as you look down the Fort.

Hallway of Arches

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The mirrored view of rectangular arches.

Repeating Doorways

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I love the stone vaulted ceilings.

Fort Totten Arched 1

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This was a little alcove that had this lone table against the wall.

The Table that was Left Behind

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On my way up to the upper level of the Fort I came across this gated door with the most beautiful colors inside.

The Gated Colors

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On the upper level of the Fort are these really neat doors where ammunition or cannons were stored.

Ammunition Hold

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This is what you see pass the gated door.

Red Door at the End

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One of the civil war cannons taking aim at New York Harbor.

Ready, Aim, Fire

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This is a view of the battlement on the upper part of Fort Totten.

Upper Battlements

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The next set of photographs are from an abandoned battery at Fort Totten.  This is the first room we entered.

Pegs in the Floor

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An abandoned control panel.

At the Controls 013

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Where Does it Go

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This is the next room we went into.

Rectangular View

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This shot was really tough because it was really dark and I had to guess on the focusing.  It appears to be in more daylight then it actually was because I bracket my shots so that I take two over exposed and two under for a total of five and then combine them via Nik software to pull as much out of the light and dark areas.

The Machine

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This was the next area we ventured into. I found a door and looked inside and found these steps leading somewhere.  So in I went.

Down the Stairs

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Red Door at the Top of the Stairs

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What's Behind the Door

 

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Looking Back Down the Stairs

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The next room was very colorful.

Around the Bend 1

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Around the Bend 2

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The tree is leaning against a door that leads to staircases similar to the ones I had photographed above.

Fallen Tree

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Walking out of this area and heading for lunch I snapped a few more shots.

Two Rusted Doors

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This is the room behind the left hand door.

In the Corner

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5 thoughts on “Fort Totten

  1. I was an MP stationed there 1956 through 1957, As an MP the bunkers were inspected every night several times as ammunition was stored in the bunkers. Also several times during the day by us MPs’ In addition this is where we retrieved the blank charges for the 155 Howitzer that we fired on the parade ground daily for Retreat. I have found memories from Ft. Totten. I can relay many stories and events that took place during my time there.

  2. I run the Fort Totten website and Facebook group. My family lived on Fort Totten from 1968 to 1981, and I probably explored every square foot of the post property, including the Old Fort, which was off limits.

  3. You have taken some exquisite photographs of the decaying fort. I feel privileged to have seen them. Thank you so very much.

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