So what happens at Fort Hamilton

“The servicemen of Brooklyn live there! And they let them shop there, there’s two restaurants, and a pool!” Claire Nelson, 82, Shore Hill Truth? Some servicemen do live there. And they do shop there. For the record, the pool is not public.
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Local politicians want to keep Fort Hamilton from being closed — but what actually happens there? We sent legendary intern Alfred Ng to the neighborhood to ask locals if they know.

“My father was a sergeant there, when the United States was in Panama. That was a long time ago, though. I don’t know what they do now.”
Michelle Perez, 19, Staten Island
Truth? Yes, the base was more active decades ago.
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“I think they protect Brooklyn.”
Joseph Martna, 53, Staten Island
Truth? Not true.
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“I have no idea. They keep the troops there?”
Maria Petsini, 40, Bay Ridge
Truth? Sort of. Some troops do live at Fort Hamilton.
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“What do they do? Protect the country. Probably do some training.”
Al Renzi, 85, Bay Ridge
Truth? A matter of opinion. There is no training at Fort Ham, but the existence of the base could be construed as protecting the country.
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“I don’t know. I’d say it’s important for building an army though.”
Alex Truvan, 37, Bay Ridge
Truth? New recruits are often processed through Fort Ham, though that job could be done elsewhere.
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