Leading up to the Memorial Day Weekend during the strange year of 2020, when Memorial Day will be like no other (did I suddenly channel The Bachelor?), I chose the Coney Island Lighthouse. Most of the time, people would go to New York's Coney Island for Memorial Day weekend. This year, not so much.
But the lighthouse is still there.
Let's learn about it.
Well, there's a lot to learn. Coney Island Lighthouse at Lighthouse Friends
Simply, according to the Lighthouse Directory, the Coney Island Lighthouse is a "Sanibel Class" skeletal tower. Here are the characteristics of these towers:
"Beginning in 1884, the Lighthouse Board adopted a standard plan for skeletal lighthouses having a square footprint. This plan was used for lighthouses with heights up to about 100 feet. The lighthouses have octagonal watch and lantern rooms, each with a gallery. In taller towers, a distinctive feature of the design is an extra leg running about half way up the side of each face. Shorter towers (65-75 feet) have only three sections and lack these extra legs."The Coney Island tower is the first of the shorter design.
Below, three pictures and a four-minute trailer from a movie about the lighthouse.