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The Little Red Lighthouse Has a Fresh Coat of Paint

The Little Red Lighthouse Has a Fresh Coat of Paint

Upper Manhattan's beloved Little Red Lighthouse—made famous by the 1942 children's book—is looking extra spiffy these days, thanks to a new coat of paint.

The landmark, built in 1880 and moved to its iconic location under the George Washington Bridge in 1921, was given a refresh right before the return of the annual Little Red Lighthouse Festival in October (the event had been suspended for two years due to the pandemic).

Today the lighthouse shines brightly in the sun again. (The Historic House Trust, which helps support the lighthouse, is asking for donations for a larger restoration project.)

Want to go see it in person? You can walk there by entering Riverside Park at 158th Street or 181st Street and head to the spot by the bridge (about where 178th Street would be if it reached all the way to the river). Summer on the Hudson has a terrific video showing you how:

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