A Great place for a date or relaxing afternoon on a nice day. One of Staten Island's best kept secrets. Located within the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, this is a must see place. Easy to get to from Manhattan, take the S.I. Ferry.
The gardens represent different periods of time and places.
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That's what I did... on board the ferry although its very cold when the wind starts to blow against me... my hands turned numb after awhile...so make sure u have enought clothing in case u board a ferry during winter... But again, battling the chilly cold wind that almost freak me out is worth while.. especially when I look at those shots which are priceless to me....
The shots are taken as the ferry slowly drifts away from the tip of Manhattan.The photos you're about to experience are in sequence taken from the moment it departs the Manhattan terminal till it reaches Staten Island 20 mins later.
Go back to colonial times and visit Richmondtown on Staten Island. See how colonialist made bread, cooked, lived and weaved clothing and blankets.
In one of the nearby cemetaries resides one Ichabod Crane. This is the main character in "The Legend of Sleepy Hallow", by Washington Irving.
There is a nice pond nearby, feed the ducks and climb to the top of the hill for a nice view.
A nice day can be had with lots learned at Richmontown. Great place for kids and history enthusiasts.
Check out VT member Cecille Travelogue's She did a wonderful job.
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Read about Ichabod Crane Burial site
More Ghost stories about Richmondtown. Old houses on S.I. = Ghost stories. It doesn't make it untrue now, does it? LOL
No one place was hit harder than Staten Island on September 11tth 2001, who lost 267 souls. I personally lost many good friends that I gained working at Cantor FitzGerald Securities. Cantor lost more than 700 employees that day, many of them living on Staten Island.
A memorial was commemorated on September 11th 2004 to honor those Staten Islanders who lost their lives. This memorial is designed in the form of angel wings with the people's profile mounted on the walls. A look at the picture shows a straight shot to where the Twin Towers once stood.
See about the memorial here
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A great place to go with the kids or adults even. This zoo has quite an extensive array of animals. They have a tropical forest, African Savannah, Serpentarium, petting animal area, children's center and a nice collection of sea creatures.
This zoo is one of the best in New York City. Not as large as the Bronx Zoo.
This is the only pre-revolutionary manor
house still standing in New York City. Such famous Americans as Benjamin Franklin, Edwin Rutledge and John Adams once used this place.
Most known for a famous peace conference held here on September 11, 1776. See how people lived back in colonial times. There is a nice park to walk around next to the water overlooking a harbor on the New Jersey side.
BEWARE; As old as this place is it has been subjected to people seeing ghosts. See here Billips House BBBBBBBBBBoooooooooooo!!!!!
A great place to visit. The nicest beach on Staten Island with a beautiful harbor nearby. Jog, play frisbee, fly a kite, softball, whiffle ball, fly remote control airplanes, roller blade and many more activites are available here.
The Great Kills harbor is a great place to visit at sunset.
There is a place specifially for people with remote control planes. This is interesting to watch.
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The Verrazano Narrows bridge spans the narrows that lead to New York Harbor. Started connecting Brooklyn to Staten Island in 1964 the bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Today, its length is surpassed only by the Humber Bridge in England. The ends of the bridge are at historic Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn and Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island, both of which guarded New York Harbor at the Narrows for over a century. The bridge was named after Giovanni da Verrazano, who, in 1524, was the first European explorer to sail into New York Harbor.
I always search for the institutions that are administered by the National Park System. They always are real thorough and in tip top shape. Fort Wadsworth did not dissappoint at all. The Verrazzanos Bridge looms overhead as you walk through an old fort that was once NY harbors chain of defense. There's trails that lead you to disclosed areas with fort ruins all around you, or you can take a tour of the actual forts with a park ranger. I was stunned that this sat on SI and I never have heard anything about it. I think it is part of Gateway National Recreation Area but don't you go and quote me on that. Theres a visitor center on the premises that has a 12 minute movie explaining the purpose of the Fort and how it was built.
Alice Austens house is a National Historical Landmark. She was one of Americas most famous female photographers (1866-1929) at the turn of the century who basically documented her every move, which allows you to peak into a world long gone. The home acts as a museum and exibition space for other photographers, and is decorated with period furniture. There are hundreds of her photos on display as well as artifacts of her life. The victorian cottage-style home is situated on the shore of the harbor and there is a grand view of the towering Verrazano Bridge, along with a large property to walk around.
I have heard of this place and researched it and now I have been to it. The Jacques Marchais Tibetan Meseum sits atop Lighthouse hill with veiws of the hillside. This authentic Tibetan sanctuary was blessed by the Dalai Lama himself. Though it was not as large as I expected it was nice to see the Tibetan artifacts and the unique architecture. The property is landscaped beautifully and there is a koi pond sitting on the hillside. Only worth a stop if you are driving around, I wouldn't make a specific trip to this place. This whole vision of the museum could be jarred because the skys were crying on me and I am a man who sits side by side with the sun, even though it hurts. My adorphins need sunlight!
The New York Chinese Scholars Garden was quite a suprise. I never cross the river to go to SI but now that I have friends who bought a house there I make the voyage every once in a while. They took me to Snug Harbor Cultural Center which had this place in
its confines. The building and garden are a replica of a Ming Dynasty Scholar Garden much like those found in the ancient city of Suzhou.
This is the first of its kind in the United States though 32 Ming Gardens still exist in China. Its set on one acre of land and has many intricate details. Its about a mile from the Staten Island ferry, so this is a perfect side trip from NYC.
I was surprise to WALK UPHILL to this place. It made me feel like hiking up the himalayas to get to the musem. The walk is uphill about 1/4 of a mile from the street located at a residential area of staten island. On top of the hill, considered to be the highest hill in the east coast from Maine to NY.
Jacques Marshal the founder must have a reason to place it here.
Learn about buddhism and the art and artifacts displayed as well as a functional temple. This was visited by the Dalai Lama and has given the authenticity of the temple.
Rural Staten Island community of the late 1600's to the bustling 19th century Richmond County seat.
There are 27 historic buildings spanning three centuries on 100 acres of open land. Many buildings have been restored and furnished to evoke deep impressions of times past. Learn about history, agriculture, commerce, and maritime life on Staten Island.
Entrance fee: Adults $5.00
Student : $ 3.00
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