Coney Island Light

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Coney Island Light
Nortons Point Light jeh.JPG
Seen in 2008
Coney Island Light is located in New York City
Coney Island Light
LocationSea Gate, Brooklyn, New York City
Coordinates40°34′36″N 74°00′42″W / 40.57667°N 74.01167°W / 40.57667; -74.01167Coordinates: 40°34′36″N 74°00′42″W / 40.57667°N 74.01167°W / 40.57667; -74.01167
Year first constructed1890
Year first lit1920
FoundationSteel Pile
Tower shapeSquare
Markings / patternSkeletal White Tower w/ black trim
Tower height23 metre Edit this on Wikidata
Focal height75 feet (23 m)
Original lensFourth Order fresnel lens
Range16 nautical mile Edit this on Wikidata
CharacteristicFlashing Red 5 seconds
ARLHS numberUSA-187 [1]
USCG number1-34910 [2]

Coney Island Light (also Nortons Point Light) is a lighthouse located in Sea Gate, on the west end of Coney Island, Brooklyn, in New York City, east of New York Harbor's main channel.

The lighthouse was first established in 1890. The current tower was first lit in 1920 and is still operational. It was automated in 1989. The foundation material is steel pile and the lighthouse is made out of steel. It is a skeletal white tower with black trim. The original lens was a fourth order Fresnel lens put up in 1890. The most recent resident keeper was Frank Schubert (1915–2003). Schubert was the last civilian lighthouse keeper in the United States. He worked for the United States Coast Guard since 1939, serving at Coney Island since 1960.

The Long Island chapter of Sons of the American Revolution has published a history of the light.[3]


  1. ^ ARLHS World List of Lights
  2. ^ Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard.
  3. ^ Coney Island Lighthouse Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine Paumanok Alarm, Long Island Chapter Newsletter, Sept 2007

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