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West Bank Light
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Date Established: 1900
Date Present Tower Built: 1906
Date Automated: 1985
Height of Tower: 70 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 59 ft.
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Open to Public?: No
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DescriptionConstruction of the West Bank lighthouse was begun in 1900 as a part of improvements to New York Harbor south of where the Verrazano Narrows bridge now spans the entrance to the harbor. The light was first exhibited in January 1901 from the 55 foot cast iron tower. Later improvements raised the height of the tower to 70 feet. West Bank has had several "encounters" with vessels over the years. The lighthouse was automated in the early 1980's and was excessed by the USCG in 2007. The GSA auctioned the lighthouse in 2008 when no suitable owner was found. It sold for $245K. The lighthouse got a fresh coat of chocolate brown paint during the summer of 2008 although I don't know if that was courtesy of the USCG or its new owner.
One of the photos looking north shows the relationship of the West Bank lighthouse to the Verrazano Narrows bridge, the east tower of the bridge seen in the foggy distance to the left of the lighthouse.