The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ North Atlantic Division celebrated “Bring Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day” at Fort Hamilton by giving participating offspring engineering challenges to overcome. (Photo by Edward Loomis, April 2016)
Housing Services Office
The Housing Services Office, at 128 Wainwright Drive, is your point of contact for any problems or questions you may have with housing, including discrimination complaints or tenant-landlord disputes. Staff are available to assist you to help with your move to the area. They can provide a list of rentals with corresponding locator maps and give you information regarding the area in which the facilities are located. Soldiers and families with questions about the homebuying process can talk to housing counselors in the Housing Services Office or financial counselors at Army Community Services. To contact the Housing Services Office, call 718-630-4785. For more information on housing services at Fort Hamilton, visit www.housing.army.mil/#!pg=post&sp=welcome.
Military Family Housing
Military family housing at Fort Hamilton is provided by Balfour Beatty Communities. Fort Hamilton Family Homes consists of five neighborhoods with single-family, townhome and apartment-style homes. Community amenities include playgrounds, tot lots and community events. Lawn care services, 24-hour maintenance services, and trash and recycling services are provided. Utilities are included in your rent — though residents who consume more than the baseline utility consumption have to pay for overages, while residents who consume less than the baseline receive rebates.
Fort Hamilton Family Homes allows pets with certain restrictions. In general, residents may have two pets, though certain dog breeds and exotic animals are not allowed. Management must approve all pets and documentation must be on file prior to move-in. If additional pets are acquired after move-in, the resident must alert the community management office and update the pet addendum.
For more information about homes and amenities at Fort Hamilton, visit the Balfour Beatty Communities website at www.forthamiltonfamilyhomes.com.
All active-duty single soldiers E-5 and below assigned to Fort Hamilton may reside in the post’s unaccompanied personnel housing. Unaccompanied personnel housing at Fort Hamilton is in the Army standard 1+1 configuration. For more information, call 718-630-4785 or visit www.housing.army.mil/#!pg=post&sp=welcome.
Army Community Service
Army Community Service offers many programs and services that are designed to equip service members, DOD civilians and families with the skills, knowledge and support they need to face the challenges of military life. Whether you change duty stations, deploy, manage the family during deployment or face a new situation, ACS has a program to help you and your family adjust.
ACS programs and services include Army Family Team Building; career guidance; the Exceptional Family Member Program; financial readiness and assistance; new parent support; relocation readiness; violence prevention and education; and more. For more information on ACS programs at Fort Hamilton, visit https://hamilton.armymwr.com/programs/army-community-service.
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Program
The BOSS program represents the voice of the single service member. If you’re a single service member, BOSS members advocate for you by advancing quality of life issues on the installation, and in the barracks, to senior leaders on post and throughout the Army. The BOSS program is based on three program pillars: quality of life, community service, and recreation and leisure.
BOSS membership and the program’s available leadership and project management roles enhance promotion packets. Learn more about BOSS and how to become a member at https://hamilton.armymwr.com/programs/boss.
Exceptional Family Member Program
The Exceptional Family Member Program is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical and personnel services to families with special needs. Soldiers on active duty enroll in the program when they have a family member with a physical, emotional, developmental or intellectual disorder requiring specialized services so their needs can be considered in the military personnel assignment process. For information, visit https://hamilton.armymwr.com/programs/army-community-service.
Family Readiness Groups
Family Readiness Groups are organized to provide mutual support for a unit’s family members. Groups serve as a family support system during deployment, but they operate during periods of normal operations as well. The Army FRG website is a secure site only available to soldiers, Army civilians and their family members. The website provides family members with a valuable tool to access documents, view photos and videos, participate in forums and gain important information about the Army unit that their service member belongs to 24/7 from anywhere in the world. For more information, visit www.armyfrg.org.
CHILD CARE AND YOUTH PROGRAMS
For a full list of youth services at Fort Hamilton, visit https://hamilton.armymwr.com/categories/cys-services.
Child Development Center
The post’s Child Development Center provides full-time and hourly care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The CDC’s caring, knowledgeable professionals plan developmentally appropriate programs that are responsive to the unique needs, abilities and interests of your children. Centers are certified by the Department of Defense and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Fees are based on total family income. For more information on the fort’s center at 412 Sterling Drive, visit https://hamilton.armymwr.com/programs/c.
Middle School and Teen Programs
Middle School/Teen is a comprehensive, supervised Army program targeting youth in grades 6-12 who are generally between the ages of 12 and 18. The MST program offers supervised, fun, safe, recreational and learning opportunities that assist with the development of eligible youth outside of school hours. The program offers a wide range of positive options that promote healthy youth development and ease youth transition to adulthood. Registration with Parent Central Services in Building 412 is required. For more information on youth programs, call 718-630-4518 or visit https://hamilton.armymwr.com/programs/youth.
School Support Services
School Support Services provides Army school-aged youth with educational opportunities, resources and information necessary to achieve academic success. School Support Services is home to the School Liaison Office, where school liaison officers help deliver the best educational resources and information for your children. School liaison officers specialize in education transitions, and make sure incoming and exiting families have information about local schools, graduation requirements, after-school services and programs, youth sponsorship programs and home schooling. School Support Services is at 412 Sterling Drive. For more information, call 718-630-4079 or visit https://hamilton.armymwr.com/programs/school.
SKIES Unlimited stands for “School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills” with the word “Unlimited” for the unlimited possibilities that this program provides children and youth. SKIES Unlimited offers extracurricular instructional classes for children of all ages. SKIES Unlimited is at 412 Sterling Drive. For more information, call 718-630-4805 or visit https://hamilton.armymwr.com/programs/ski.
Youth sports and fitness programs provide team sports, individual sports, and fitness and health programs. Registration and annual sports physicals are required for participation. For more information, visit https://hamilton.armymwr.com/programs/youth.
The Roll & Brew, at 124 Wainwright Drive, specializes in bowling and catered events. The facility offers casual dining, full-service party packages, private rooms, a lounge and a bar for military members and the general public. The center also features bowling leagues and tournaments, video games and billiards. For more information, call 718-630-4440 or go to https://hamilton.armymwr.com/programs/hamilton-bowling.
Community Activity Center
The Community Activity Center, at 124 Wainwright Drive, is your one-stop shop for fantastic trips, outdoor adventure, sports tickets and Engeldrum Bluff rental information. From trips around New York City and local adventures to the Barclay’s Center, Six Flags, Atlantic City, Ellis Island and Yankee Stadium, the Community Activity Center has you covered. Call 718-630-4772 or visit https://hamilton.armymwr.com/programs/community-activity-center for more information.
The dog park on Marshall Drive is a hit with the four-legged members of Fort Hamilton. For more information, visit https://hamilton.armymwr.com/programs/dog-park.
Engeldrum Bluff, on Sheridan Loop, is a common green area overlooking the Narrows and Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The space can be used to hold ceremonies, community events or private parties and to enjoy views of New York City. The bluff is surrounded by the Community Club, a basketball court and a gated playground. For more information, call 718-630-4771 or visit https://hamilton.armymwr.com/programs/engeldrum-bluff.
The fitness center at 402 MacArthur Road features basketball and racquetball courts, boxing equipment, cardio equipment, fitness classes, free weights, stationary and cycling bicycles, a stretching room, weight machines and more. The center also has information on the post’s intramural sports. Outdoor recreational fields can be found at the Sgt. Deon L. Taylor Sports Field on Pershing Loop. For more information, call 718-630-4793 or visit https://hamilton.armymwr.com/programs/ft-hamilton-sports-and-fitness.
Information, Tickets and Travel
Fort Hamilton currently does not have an ITT office; however, you can contact the Coast Guard MWR at Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island for ticket specials, discounts and more. For more information, call 718-354-4407 or visit https://hamilton.armymwr.com/programs/tickets-1.
The outdoor pool at the Community Club at 207 Sterling Drive is open to club members, DOD ID card holders and their guests only. The pool, with views overlooking the Verrazano Bridge, features a diving board, splash pad and two lap lanes. The pool also hosts an aqua aerobics program. For more information, call 718-765-7368 or visit https://hamilton.armymwr.com/programs/community-club-pool.
SHOPPING AND DINING
Save your hard-earned dollars by shopping for groceries at the commissary. Located in Building 115 on White Avenue, the commissary offers a bakery, party cakes, a deli, fresh sandwiches to go, plants, rotisserie chicken and sushi. For more information, call 718-630-4960 or go to www.commissaries.com.
Dining on Post
Hungry? The Fort Hamilton Roll & Brew, at 124 Wainwright Drive, offers some of the best food on the installation. Whether you’re playing a game after work or need a quick bite during the lunch rush, Roll & Brew’s entertainment and bowling center is the right place. Call 718-630-4771 or visit https://hamilton.armymwr.com/programs/roll-brew-kitchen.
The Fort Hamilton Community Club, at 207 Sterling Drive, is a New York historical landmark specializing in fine dining and catering. The facility offers casual dining, a full-service brunch buffet, an after-hours lounge, and an outdoor swimming pool to military members and the general public. The club’s beautiful grounds, overlooking the Verrazano Bridge, add a sense of history while providing elegance to a conference, private party or wedding. Call 718-765-7368 or visit https://hamilton.armymwr.com/programs/community-club for more information.
There are also two eateries at the post’s exchange food court in Building 123 on General Lee Avenue. For more information on the exchange’s Burger King or Subway, call 718-748-4876 or 718-491-2014 or visit www.shopmyexchange.com.
Fort Hamilton’s exchange, in Building 123 on General Lee Avenue, wants to be your first choice for shopping. It offers a price-match program that guarantees the lowest prices in town. Services include a barbershop, dry cleaners, a GNC, military clothing and a mobile kiosk, as well as an Express and service station (in Building 200). Call 718-748-3440 or visit www.shopmyexchange.com for more information.