Frank Schubert began as the civilian keeper at Coney Island Light in 1960 and remained until his death in December 2003. In June 2006, the Seagate Association signed a five-year lease on the station, and there are plans to offer public tours beginning in 2007.
Tower Height: 70
Height of Focal Plane: 75
Characteristic and Range: Flashing red every five seconds, visible for 16 nautical miles. Lighted 24 hours.
Description of Tower: White, steel skeletal tower with black trim, black cast iron lantern.
This light is operational
1896 two story keeper's house.
Date Established: 1890
Date Present Tower Built: 1890
Date Automated: 1989
Optics: 1890: Fourth order Fresnel lens; 1989: 190 mm. The original Fresnel lens is on display at the South Street Seaport Museum at 207 Front Street, New York, NY.
Fog Signal: Originally fog bell.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation, Coast Guard housing.
Open To Public? No.
The lighthouse station is located off Surf Avenue between 46th and 47th Streets. Take I-278 across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge to Brooklyn. Take the lower level's left lane for Exit 2 east to the Belt Parkway. Just before reaching the parkway's Exit 4 (Bay and 8th Streets) there is a bayside turnout where one may park to distantly view the lighthouse.
Keepers: Herbert Greenwood (1908-?), Adrien J. Boisvert (1941-1960), Frank Schubert (1960-2003)