It is the first lighthouse one encounters when entering the Sound from the East River.
The red-brick building, which looks like a miniature schoolhouse topped by a lantern, was built in the 1870s to mark the edge of a shallow reef between Queens and the Bronx. Viewed from the Throgs Neck Bridge, Stepping Stones looks as if it sprang from the skip of a stone flung across the Sound.
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Despite its somewhat ramshackle condition, Stepping Stones is a gorgeous, if unusual, space. But the road to occupying it has been bumpy and complicated.
For one thing, adopting a historic site, especially one that may be packed with sea gull nests, is not cheap. The North Hempstead town supervisor, Jon Kaiman, who is leading the drive to adopt Stepping Stones, will seek state or federal grants and private donations to make needed improvements.
Walter Sedovic, a Westchester County architect who specializes in historic renovation and has worked on more than a dozen lighthouses, has estimated that it would cost $4 million to restore this one.
Photo from NY Times