Beautiful Castles in New York City
Yes there are castles in New York City. Quite a few of them in fact. The castles in this article are located in Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. For all the castles in Brooklyn see Beautiful Castles in Brooklyn, New York.
Most of the castles in New York City are open to the public in some form. A few of them are owned and run by the National Park Service and one of them is the staging area for visitors to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. All of these castles in New York City are unique and interesting places to visit in one of the greatest and most visited tourist cities in the world.
Belvedere Castle in Central Park
Belvedere Castle is located in Central Park on top of Vista Rock in Manhattan, New York. Belvedere Castle was built as part of the original design for Central Park in 1869. Today Belvedere Castle is still open to the public and contains a popular observation deck as well as exhibit rooms for local wildlife displays.
James A. Bailey Castle in Harlem
James A. Bailey is famous as one of the founders of the Barnum and Bailey Circus. In 1888 Bailey used his wealth from the circus to build himself a castle-like home in the Harlem neighborhood in Upper Manhattan. The home contains many Tiffany stained-glass windows as well as hand-carved wood paneling. From 1951 until 2008 the house was used as a funeral parlor. In 2009 the beautiful James A. Bailey Castle House was sold for $1.4 million dollars.
Fort Washington Avenue Armory Castle in Manhattan
Located at 216 Fort Washington Avenue between 168th and 169th Streets in the Washington Heights neighborhood in Upper Manhattan is the Fort Washington venue Armory Castle. Built from 1907 to 1911 the huge three-story castle-like building served as the home of the 22nd Regiment of the Army Corps of Engineers until after WW II. Since then it has been used a homeless shelter and today it houses the National Track & Field Hall of Fame and is open to the public.
Kingsbridge Armory Castle or the Eighth Regiment Armory Castle in the Bronx
Located at 29 West Kingsbridge Road in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx in New York City is the Kingsbridge Armory Castle which is also known as the Eighth Regiment Armory Castle. This massive brick castle-like building was built covering an entire city block from 1912 to 1917 to house the New York State Eighth Regiment National Guard unit. The building is nine-stories tall and contains 180,000 square feet. In recent times the Eighth Regiment Armory has been used for events like dog and boat shows and in 2006 the Armory was used as a film set and studio for the Will Smith movie I Am Legend.
Park Avenue Armory Castle or the Seventh Regiment Armory Castle in Manhattan
The Park Avenue Armory also known as the Seventh Regiment Armory is a huge castle-like building located at 643 Park Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. Built in Gothic Revival style in 1880 the Park Avenue Armory was built as a home for the 7th New York Militia which served during the Civil War. Today the Seventh Regiment Armory is a an evolving large scale cultural and arts center.
Squadron A Armory Castle in Manhattan
The Squadron A Armory is located between 94th and 95th Streets along Madison Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. This large castle-like building was the home of the Upper East Side of Manhattan Cavalry Unit known as Squadron A. The unit was eventually merged into the 101st Cavalry unit that fought using tanks during WW II. Today the Squadron A Armory Castle is home to the recreational grounds of Hunter College.
Castle Clinton in Battery Park
Castle Clinton is a National Monument located at the southern tip of Manhattan, New York City in public Battery Park. Built from 1808 to 1811 as a fort to protect New York City, Castle Clinton never saw action. Since that time it has been used as a beer garden, theater, aquarium, exhibition hall and was New York's immigration station before Ellis Island. Today Castle Clinton is run by the National Park service as a museum and the place to catch ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Castle Williams on Governors Island
Castle Williams is a large brick fort located on the northwest point of 172 acre Governors Island in Upper New York Bay or Harbor. Castle Williams was built from 1807-1811 to protect New York from naval attacks. From 1903 to 1965 Castle Williams was used as a military prison. Today the castle is part of the Governors Island National Monument run by the National Park Service.
Flushing Armory Castle in Queens
Located at 137-158 Northern Boulevard in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, New York is the Flushing Armory Castle. The Flushing Armory Castle was built in 1906 as home for a National Guard unit in Queens. Since then the armory has been used as a homeless shelter and a gymnastic center. Today the Flushing Armory houses the NYPD's Queens North Task Force.
Curtis High School Castle in Staten Island
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The Curtis High School building located at 105 Hamilton Avenue in northern Staten Island, New York resembles a castle. Built in 1904 as the first high school on Staten Island the Curtis High School Castle currently has an enrollment of around 2,800 students.
Battery Weed Castle or Fort Wadsworth Castle on Staten Island
Battery Weed Castle is large three-story stone fort that was built along the Narrows on the Staten Island shoreline from 1845-1961. Battery Weed is also known as Fort Wadsworth though it is really just a part of Fort Wadsworth. Battery Weed and Fort Wadsworth were used by the US Navy until 1994 when both were turned over to the National Park Service and run out of the Gateway National Recreation Area division. Park Rangers conduct tours of the Battery Weed Castle today.
Fort Schuyler Suny Maritime Castle
Located on Throgs Neck in the Bronx near the Throgs Neck Bridge is the castle-like Fort Schuyler. Named for General Phillip Schuyler the fort was built in the 1850's and used as a prison during the Civil War. Today Fort Schuyler is a museum and the home of the administative offices of the SUNY Maritime College which Geraldo Rivera attended.
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