Sneak a Peek Inside Manhattan's Last Lighthouse This Weekend

By Lindsay Armstrong on July 11, 2014 12:19pm 

 The Little Red Lighthouse is located under the George Washington Bridge on the Hudson River Greenway.
The Little Red Lighthouse is located under the George Washington Bridge on the Hudson River Greenway.
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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — If you've ever been curious about what's inside Manhattan's last remaining lighthouse, this weekend is your chance to find out firsthand.

The Little Red Lighthouse will be open to the public this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a park ranger on hand to answer questions about the history of the uptown landmark.

The 40-foot-tall lighthouse was built in 1880 in Sandy Hook, N.J. It moved to its current location in 1921 before the George Washington Bridge was constructed over the site in 1931. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1947.

Technically named Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse, it earned its more well-known moniker in 1942 thanks to the beloved children's book "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge."

The lighthouse was nearly demolished in 1951, but children who were fans of the book started a nationwide campaign to save it. The Port Authority transferred ownership of the lighthouse to the NYC Parks Department, which refurbished the site.

Today, the lighthouse is operational and has been named as a part of the Historic House Trust. The Parks Department opens it up to the public once a month between June and October.

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