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Jeffrey’s Hook Lighthouse

Jeffreys Hook Lighthouse

Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse

Having lived in the New York City area now for almost 30 years, I decided it was time for a visit to the “Little Red Lighthouse”, otherwise known as the Jeffrey’s Hook Lighthouse. The lighthouse is located in Fort Washington Park under the George Washington Bridge in Manhattan. To many, it is known because of the children’s book The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, by Hildegarde Swift.

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

The best views of the lighthouse from Fort Washington Park are facing west or northwest, so in the morning, with the sun at your back, the lighthouse and views west will have good lighting. Note that there is a security guard stationed at the base of the George Washington Bridge who may politely notify you that photography of the underside of the bridge support structures is forbidden (due to terrorism concerns post 9/11).

For access to the lighthouse:

  • Follow 181st street toward the river, and turn right at the wall overlooking Riverside Drive. Down the hill there is a pedestrian bridge over the Henry Hudson Parkway. Follow the winding path down to the lighthouse.
  • Follow the Hudson River Greenway north from Riverside Park, or any other access point. This is a great way for cyclists, runners, in-line skaters, etc. to reach the lighthouse from farther south in Manhattan.

More on the history of this lighthouse can be found on the NYC Parks website.

Below are a few images captured this morning.

Jeffrey’s Hook Lighthouse on the Hudson River, with the New Jersey Palisades in the background.

Jeffrey’s Hook Lighthouse on the Hudson River, under the George Washington Bridge.

The George Washington Bridge spanning the Hudson River from Manhattan to Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Jeffrey’s Hook Lighthouse

Click on the photos above for more information, click the link in the caption to see all photos of the subject, or click here to see more images of lighthouses.

All images © Clarence Holmes

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