Blockhouse #1 New York

Image by Christian Neely

Blockhouse #1 – 1800s fortification

This small, relatively unknown structure is one of three visible fortifications in northern Central Park dating back to the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. This particular edifice can be a bit tricky to locate at first, due to its location in the North Woods near the edge of the park. The easiest method to find the Blockhouse is to enter the park from the end of Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd and look up the hill. The Blockhouse is a small, square fortification with a flagpole rising above it.

The extant structure was built here to look out over the low-lying areas below to defend against British invasion during the War of 1812. The fort itself may not be much to see, however, its location in the woods makes it a great place for someone looking to escape the clamor of the city. Few people seem to know it exists making it a relatively quiet spot to visit.

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Details about this spot



West 109th Street, New York

Opening Times

06:00 - 01:00 daily


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)