North Brother Island Light

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North Brother Island Light
North Brother Island Light
North Brother Island Light is located in New York City
North Brother Island Light
LocationNorth Brother Island, East River, New York Harbor
Coordinates40°47′57.3″N 73°53′58.5″W / 40.799250°N 73.899583°W / 40.799250; -73.899583Coordinates: 40°47′57.3″N 73°53′58.5″W / 40.799250°N 73.899583°W / 40.799250; -73.899583
Year first constructed1869
ConstructionWood tower
Tower shapeOctagonal Tower
ARLHS numberUSA-551 [1]

North Brother Island Light was a lighthouse located on North Brother Island in the East River in New York City.[2] The lighthouse was at the southern tip of the island. Before the lighthouse was erected, the island was uninhabited and saw no formal use.[3] The tower utilized an occulting light which lit for five seconds and eclipsed for five seconds. It stood 47 feet above the water.[4]


  1. ^ ARLHS World List of Lights
  2. ^ Smithsonian lighthouse postcards. Archives Center of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Collection #1055 (subset), with nautical charts provided by National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
  3. ^ Burgess, Anika (June 6, 2015). "See the Abandoned and Inaccessible Island Where Typhoid Mary Died". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  4. ^ United States Coast Pilot: Atlantic coast. From Point Judith to New York. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1917. p. 166. Retrieved 17 May 2018.