is the main shipping channel in and out of the Port of New York and New Jersey
. The channel is considered to be part of Lower New York Bay
and is located several miles off the coasts of Sandy Hook
in New Jersey and Breezy Point, Queens
in New York. Ambrose Channel terminates at Ambrose Anchorage, just south of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge
, the gateway to New York Harbor
The entrance to the channel is marked by Ambrose Light which doubles as a staging area for pilot ships, most notably the Sandy Hook Pilots Prior to the construction of the light tower in 1967 the channel was marked by the Ambrose Lightship, one of a class of lightships operated and maintained by the United States Coast Guard for the express purpose of marking main shipping channels for major ports.