9. Execution Rocks Lighthouse

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Though part of Nassau County, Execution Rocks lighthouse in Long Island Sound is worthy of note not only for its macabre history, but also because the route to get there passes by City Island and Hart Island, part of the Bronx. Legend has it that Execution Rocks was named because of the executions that took place there under the British authorities before the American Revolution, who chained prisoners to the rocks at low tide to be drowned. The official history of the island’s naming refers to the dangerous passage for ships around the rocks at low tide.