By Vladimir Brezina
I love lighthouses! There are quite a few in New York Harbor and the surrounding waterways. And over the years that I’ve spent kayaking in the area, I’ve collected photos of many of them. See if you can identify the lighthouses in the following photos! All are within the borders of New York City or just beyond.
Correct answers will receive contributions toward the purchase of your very own lighthouse! Many lighthouses around the country are now available from the government at very reasonable terms. In New York Harbor itself, West Bank Light and Old Orchard Shoal Light are unfortunately already gone, sold for $195,000 and $95,000 respectively—it will be interesting to see what the purchasers do with them. But Romer Shoal Light and Great Beds Light may still be available…
Update (August 12, 2011): Answers provided.
6 — West Bank Light
And as a bonus, here are three lighthouses further up the Hudson:
7 — Saugerties Light
By the way, if you are considering acquiring Romer Shoal Light or Great Beds Light as a place of residence, you should be aware of some issues:
A boat is needed to get to the lighthouses. There is some guano inside and outside the lighthouses. The structures are subject to flooding from tidal surges. There are no utilities. The federal government needs to stop by every few months to tend to the navigational equipment, which the government still will own. Because it’s a historic site and the navigational equipment will remain there, there are limits to what renovations can be made. At Romer Shoal, some original wood floorboards on the second floor are rotting. Romer Shoal also has a fog signal that sounds a two-second blast every 15 seconds.
Maybe not quite ideal for the most restful night…