West Bank Light

West Bank Light, officially West Bank Front Range Light,[1] is a lighthouse in Lower New York Bay, within New York City, and acts as the front range light for the Ambrose Channel. It is currently active and not open to the public. The tower was built in 1901 and heightened in 1908. Staten Island Light serves as the rearrange.

West Bank Lighthouse
West Bank Lighthouse
Locationwest of Ambrose Channel
lower New York Bay
Coordinates40°32′16.8″N 74°02′34.1″W
Year first constructed1901
Year first lit1901
FoundationConcrete/cast-iron caisson
ConstructionCast iron
Tower shapeFrustum of a cone sparkplug
Markings / patternBrown on black base
Tower height55 feet (17 m)
Focal height69 feet (21 m)
Original lensFourth-order Fresnel lens
Current lens12 inches (300 mm)
Range16 nautical mile, 12 nautical mile 
CharacteristicIsophase 6s
white from 181° to 004°
red from 004° to 181°.
Fog signalHorn: 2 blasts every 20 s
Admiralty numberJ1081
ARLHS numberUSA-876
USCG number1-34790

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Heritageplace listed on the National Register of Historic Places 
West Bank Light Station
Nearest cityNew Dorp Beach, Staten Island, New York City
Area0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
ArchitectU.S. Lighthouse Board
MPSLight Stations of the United States MPS
NRHP reference #06001230[4]
Added to NRHPJanuary 9, 2007

On May 29, 2007, the Secretary of the Interior identified West Bank Light, offshore in Ambrose Channel–Lower New York Bay, as surplus under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. The property was described as 55 feet (17 m) tall with two floors, a keeper's dwelling, and located on 0.1 acres (0.040 ha) of underwater area. The keeper's dwelling, located on the second story (about five standard stories above the ground), was 1,500 square feet (140 m2). It could be seen as far as the Riegelmann Boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn, as well as from South Beach, Staten Island.[5]

No group was identified as willing and able to preserve the West Bank Light, and on June 5, 2008, the General Services Administration placed the light up for sale via auction with an initial bid was $10,000. The auction ended on August 27, 2008 at a final bid of $245,000.[6] The sale did not close, and the light was auctioned a second time in September 2010, selling for $195,000 to Sheridan Reilly.[3]


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