Exploring the ruins of Ft Tilden
Let’s explore one of the last remaining forts from WWII, right here in NYC!
In the dark days of WWII, the Nazis overran Western Europe, and were terrorizing allied shipping with submarines in the Atlantic. Many of their subs were spotted just off the East coast of the US, raising concerns that NYC could be at risk of attack from the sea. In response to this, there were two 16 inch naval guns placed at Fort Tilden to protect the coastline of NYC. These guns had a range of up to 30 miles, and were protected by massive concrete bunkers. The guns are long gone, but the bunkers are still standing strong, along with the remains of the fort. We will start our trip at the Coney Island/ Stilwell Ave station (D,F,N,Q Trains) at 9:00 AM. From there, we will ride out to Ft. Tilden, and venture out onto the gravel paths to explore the ghosts of the past. This is a trip for gravel bikes/ commuters/ hybrids/ mountain bikes only, due to the fact that the paths around the old fort are not paved and a bit rough in spots. We will be stopping for lunch in Belle Harbor, and then heading back to the start point to end the day. If you have never ridden off road, and want to try it out, this is a great first time ride, as the paths are old army roads, and pretty easy terrain. Rain or snow on the day of the trip will cancel the ride, but I will post it the night before if it is cancelled. Make sure to bring warm clothes, spare tubes, money for lunch, a lock, water and snacks, and your sense of adventure!
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