Fort Totten

If you are the type who likes to explore creepy abandoned place, then you will not want to miss this one.  This military base at the tip of Bayside has undergone many names and has been used by various military operations, but its current moniker honors a general who commanded the base in the 1800s.  It is now being used by the US Army as a military post.

Interestingly, Fort Totten has two faces.  The Parks Department created several areas of green space for anyone to enjoy, much like any other park.  This one is probably the best maintained park in all of Queens, with not a swath of dead grass to be found.  The view of the East River/Long Island Sound is breathtaking, and you can see both the beginnings of the Bronx and Long Island.

Fort Totten

Fort Totten

Nestled inside this park, however, is something much more interesting.  The old fort looms ominously and dares you to enter its lair.  There are two parts to explore.  One part is entered behind the visitor’s center and is a row of what looks like garages.  Inside, you realize they are long dark tunnels that may have been filled with cannons and artillery.

Fort Totten

Fort Totten

The other part, which is fenced off, is much more tempting for exploration.  Don’t let the fence stop you.  There is a part that is torn down.

Fort Totten

Once inside, you immediately feel the heavy silence of no one else around.

Fort Totten

Fort Totten

Fort Totten

There are several places where you can take the stairs to the second floor.  Some stairs are blocked in some way.  Other stairs are accessible through rooms dripping with nasty water.  Just be sensible.  This one was fine.

Fort Totten

Fort Totten

As you can tell from the pics, I was here in broad daylight, and let me tell you – it was absolutely creepy despite that.  I can only imagine what it would be like to come here at night with flashlights.

Fort Totten

Fort Totten

Fort Totten

Fort Totten

This was the only evidence I found of anyone else having been here.

Fort Totten

Bayside may not be near any subway station, but the fort is easy to get to by taking the 7 train to Main Street and then the Q13, which drops you right at the entrance to the park.  You need to walk a bit in to get to the fort. If you are driving, take the Clearview Expressway to Exit 7 (Willets Point Boulevard); turn right onto Bell Boulevard; then turn left onto 212th Street which leads into Fort Totten.  You can also take the Cross Island Parkway North to Exit 32 (Bell Boulevard) and make a right at the light into Little Bay Park and Fort Totten Park.  Parking is at the Little Bay Park parking lot to your left just outside of the Fort Totten entrance.

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