Based on a U.S average of 100, Brooklyn, NY (zip 11209)'s cost of living is 153.6%, above the average.
Installation Housing Information
Housing on Fort Hamilton is managed through Balfour Beatty Communities, and can be contacted at 718-333-5815. Balfour Beatty Communities oversees a housing area which includes six historic residences on Colonel's Row, seventy modern townhouses (officers and senior NCOs), sixty older style high-rise apartments, and one hundred-fifty new three and four bedroom apartments. The housing area also includes five modern playground areas, a walking and fitness trail, and plenty of parking--a very scarce commodity in Brooklyn!
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
The US Army Garrison Fort Hamilton provides effective and efficient management of government resources to support mission readiness, improve infrastructure, preserve the environment, and enable the well-being and safety of service members, civilians, and family members. Fort Hamilton also serves as a power projection platform in the New York City Metropolitan area.
The cornerstone of this coastal defense fort was set in 1825, and the first garrison flag was raised in 1831. While many of the original structures are gone, some having yielded to the construction of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, still part of the old fort remains on the grounds of the United States Army Fort Hamilton Garrison. Colonels Row, the Fort Hamilton Community Club, Lee House and the Harbor Defense Museum are on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic museum is located in the caponier of the old fort and is virtually untouched. Today, Fort Hamilton is under the command of the Military District of Washington. Fort Hamilton is also the home of the New York City Recruiting Battalion, the Military Entrance Processing Station, the North Atlantic Division Headquarters of the US Army Corp of Engineers, the 1179th Deployment Support Brigade, 77th Regional Readiness Command, and New York Army National Guard Task Force Empire Shield. Fort Hamilton also supports many Reserve and National Guard units. For more information, go to the Fort Hamilton homepage.
Fort Hamilton is a combined community comprised of active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserve Components.
Brooklyn is New York City's most populous borough, with an estimated population of 2.6 million residents, and the second largest in the area, after Manhattan.
Because of its unique location, Fort Hamilton is a combined community comprised of active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Reserve Components, retired military, DoD appropriated and Non-appropriated fund employees, contractors, and family members. Additionally, a great number of off post military, reservists, veterans and a large population of retirees also draw support from Fort Hamilton.
Historic Fort Hamilton is the only active duty military installation in the greater New York City Metropolitan Area. Fort Hamilton is located near the eastern base of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in the southern west corner of Brooklyn New York in Kings County. It is surrounded by the communities of Bayridge, Dyker Heights, and Bensonhurst.
The follwing Airports are located less than 15 miles away from Fort Hamilton. Newark International Airport (EWR) Newark, New Jersey, LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York. If you have questions about travel into and out of New York City, call (800) A-I-R-R-I-D-E or visit the New York/NewJersey Port Authority website.
From John F. Kennedy International Airport
General Information: 718-244-4444
Parking Information: 718-244-4168
From La Guardia Airport
General Information: 718-533-3400
Parking Information: 718-533-3850
From Newark International Airport:
General Information: 973-961-6000
Parking Information: 888-397-4636
Location & Contact Information
U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton is located in Brooklyn, New York, at the base of the Verrazano Bridge. The following is the address and post contact information:
Fort Hamilton ParkwayBrooklyn, NY 11209
(Main Gate): 718-630-4848
Army Community Service (Information and Referral): 718-630-4754
Entering Brooklyn From Long Island
Long Island Expressway, Nothern State Parkway, Cross Island Parkway or Van Wyck Expressway to the Belt Parkway (Westbound) to Exit #2 (Fourth Ave). Go straight to 100th Street, make a right, one block to Fort Hamilton Parkway, make right turn on Fort Hamilton Parkway to 101st Street then turn left to enter the installation.
From Upstate New York (via the New York State Thruway)
From the West: Major Deegan Expressway to the East River/ FDR Drive to either the Brooklyn Bridge or Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE)-Route 278) to Exit #17 (92nd Street). Turn right at 92nd Street, one block to Fort Hamilton Parkway, make a turn left on Fort Hamilton Parkway and travel 101st Streeet, then turn left to enter the installation.
From East: Bruckner Expressway to the Whitestone Bridge to the Van Wyck Expressway to the Belt Parkway (westbound) to Exit #2 (Fourth Ave). Go straight to 100th Street, make a right, one block to Fort Hamilton Parkway, make a right turn on Fort Hamilton Parkway to 101st Street then turn left to enter the installation.
From Upstate New York (via the Palisades Parkway)
Cross the George Washinton Bridge, take the exit for West Side Highway (also called the Joe DiMaggio Highway) to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel or the Brooklyn Bridge to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway to Exit #17 (92nd Street). Turn right at 92nd Street, one block to Fort Hamilton Parkway, make a turn left on Fort Hamilton Parkway and travel 101st Street, then turn left to enter the installation.
From the Merit Parkway, the Connecticut Turnpike, Boston Post Road. Follow Interstate 95 (I95) South into New York City to the Brookly Queens Expressway (BQE)-Route 278) West to Exit #17 (92nd Street). Turn riight at 92nd Street, one block to Fort Hamilton Parkway, make a turn left on Fort Hamilton Parkway and travel 101st Street, then turn left to enter the installation.
From New Jersey
Take the New Jersey Turnpike (NJTP) North to Exit 13 (Elizabeth). Stay to the left and take the Goethals Bridge into Staten Island Expressway. After paying the toll, stay on Route 278 towards the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Take the Verrazano Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn and stay to the right and exit 92ns Street. Turn lest at 92nd Street, two blocks to Fort hamilton Parkway, make a turn left on Fort Hamilton Parkway and travel 101st Street, then turn left to enter the installation.
Using New York City Public Transit
By Subway: Take the Brooklyn-Bound "R" Train to its last stop 95th Street). Walk along Fourth Avenue towards the direction of the Verrazano Bridge to 101st Street, turn left and walk one block to Fort Hamilton Parkway (Main Gate) to enter the installation.
By Bus: The B37, B16 and X27 New York City Buses stop at Fourth Avenue and Shore Road. Walk to Fourth Avenue, turn right on 101st Street and walk one block to Fort Hamilton Parkway (Main Gate) to enter the installation. For further information about New York City Subway or Buses, call 718-330-1234.
Taxi: Harbor View Car Service , 718-680-2500, is the only taxi service currently authorized to enter Fort Hamilton. Current price for a one-way trip to Laguardia and JFK airports is approximately forty five dollars.
There is no on post-military transportation. However, the installation is compact enough that individuals can leisurely walk across the post in 15 minutes or less. Additionally, there is one local car service (taxi) that is authorized to operate on post--Harbor View Car Service, 718-680-2500.