Got Ideas For Fort Tilden?


Gateway Seeks New Uses

The National Park Service is seeking interested parties to redevelop historic structures and land at Fort Tilden East and Riis Landing in the Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area.  This Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) invites plans that include opportunities for multiple day experiences and overnight accommodations in the forms of both lodging and camping, as well as improved transportation and access. 

“The National Park Service is looking for the right partner(s) to join us and envision a new beginning for this area,” said Jen Nersesian, superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area. “We believe that this is a wonderful opportunity to build on the growing popularity of the Rockaways and Fort Tilden.”

The RFEI ( was published on December 22, 2017.  Submissions are due by February 23, 1 p.m. (EST). Individuals, governmental agencies, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations are welcome to submit proposals. All legal uses will be considered.  Interested respondents can submit questions and arrange site visits by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Fort Tilden served as a U.S. Army Coast Artillery Post from World War I through the Cold War. It protected the entrance to the New York Harbor from naval attacks during World Wars I and II.  During the Cold War, Fort Tilden protected the New York City area with Nike Missiles, both the Nike Ajax and the Nike Hercules. The Army transferred Fort Tilden to the National Park Service in 1974, when it became part of Gateway National Recreation Area.

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