The Little Red Lighthouse

By Amber Reiss and Phillip Wong

The Little Red Lighthouse, where we shot our editorial of that name, was chosen because of it’s history and a children’s book by Hildegarde Swift called The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge and written in 1942.

Originally, it was a red pole hung over the river to reduce accidents in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, and then a 10 candlepower light was added to the pole in 1889. The current structure was built as the North Hook Beacon, in Sandy Hook where it stood until 1917.

Reconstructed at its current location in 1921 by the United States Coast Guard … originally had a battery-powered lamp and a fog bell. At its current location, it was operated by a part-time lighthouse keeper.

A great gray bridge began construction in 1927 and was completed in 1931. That bridge was named the George Washington Bridge, but never named in Swift’s book. The Little Red Lighthouse was considered to be rendered obsolete by the bridge’s navigational lights and was decommissioned by the Coast Guard which put out its light in 1948.

When destruction of the lighthouse was considered, public outcry, largely from children who were fans of The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, led the Coast Guard to deed the lighthouse to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation on July 23, 1951. In 1979, it was listed in National Register of Historic Places as “Jeffrey’s Hook Lighthouse” and was designated a New York City Landmark in 1991. In 2002, it was relighted by the city.

Hildegarde Swift’s book, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, uses the story of building George Washington Bridge next to small lighthouse to affirm that even the small are important and has delighted generations of children around the world. Every year there is a Little Red Lighthouse Festival in which the lighthouse is opened for viewing and the city celebrates the only existing Lighthouse in the city.

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Photography and Creative Direction:   Phillip Wong
Design Direction:   Louis Franco
Make-up/Hair:  Pilgrim
Stylist:   Pilgrim & Wong
Stylist Assistant:   Leanna Franco
Models:  
Danielle Dorchester –  Supreme NYC
Georgie  –  Supreme NYC   
Anya Lesun – Q Management NYC