Fort Jay

Fort Jay (HMVNM)

Location: New York, NY 11231 New York County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 41.478', W 74° 0.93'

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This important example of military architecture is a dramatic reminder of the early defenses erected in New York Harbor to protect the City from invasion by sea. Like so many other early fortifications in this country, its star-shaped plan was inspired by the designs of Sebastien de Vauban, the great French military architect. The fort was completed in 1798 and named after John Jay, then Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Strengthened in 1806-1808, the massive walls, bristling with a hundred guns, helped to deter the British from attacking the City during the War of 1812. Today, it is under the jurisdiction of the United States Coast Guard.
Year Placed1976
Placed ByNew York Community Trust
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 6:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 583183 N 4504955
Decimal Degrees40.69130000, -74.01550000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 41.478', W 74° 0.93'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 41' 28.68" N, 74° 0' 55.80" W
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Area Code(s)718, 212, 917
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 220 Quadrangle Rd, New York NY 11231, US
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