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NYC's abandoned military base allows you to step back in history

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Once armed with nuclear missiles to protect the coast many decades ago, Fort Tilden is an abandoned military base that allows you to step back in history.

Hidden in the woods along the water in Queens, the massive structure was built in 1917 and served as protection during World Wars I and II.

NYC's abandoned military base allows you to step back in history

During the Cold War, Fort Tilden held two nuclear missiles — both of which had ranges of 100 miles. But now, the concrete is covered in graffiti art and overgrown plants.

NYC's abandoned military base allows you to step back in history

In 1974, Fort Tilden was deactivated and then was placed on the National Register of Historic Places 10 years later. Now, you can take a hike, go for a bike ride or simply enjoy an afternoon bird-watching atop this incredible landmark.

NYC's abandoned military base allows you to step back in history

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NYC's abandoned military base allows you to step back in history