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A Walk Around Staten Island
A Walk Around Staten Island
A Walk Around Staten Island
RESOURCES
Chinese Scholars Garden at Snug Harbor, Staten Island
South Beach, looking north to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Staten Island
Top: Chinese Scholars Garden at Snug Harbor

Bottom: South Beach, looking north to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
ORGANIZATIONS
Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island
http://www.statenislandarts.org
In accordance with its mission to develop, foster, and promote the arts and cultural activities on Staten Island, COAHSI offers a number of workshops and seminars, maintains a calendar of events, and collaborates with other Staten Island organizations.

Historic Districts Council
http://www.hdc.org/
The Historic Districts Council is the citywide advocate for New York's designated historic districts and for neighborhoods that merit preservation. They are involved in Staten Island preservation projects.

Preservation League of Staten Island
http://www.preservestatenisland.org/
The Preservation League of Staten Island (PLSI) is the only borough-wide historic preservation organization in New York City. Organized in 1977, the PLSI's mission is to enrich Staten Island's sense of community by promoting and advocating the conservation of its diverse and significant historic built environment and cultural landscapes.

Serpentine Art & Nature Commons
http://www.preserve.org/serpentine/serpentine.htm
The Serpentine Art and Nature Commons is a not-for-profit, community-based organization devoted to the preservation of the 35 acres of wooded hillside on Grymes Hill, Staten Island. This open space is available for free public use, offering hiking trails with a scenic view of New York Harbor.

Staten Island Yankees
http://www.siyanks.com/
The Staten Island Yankees and their mascot, Scooter the "Holy Cow," entertain fans at their ballpark in St. George.

Tottenville Historical Society
http://www.tottenvillehistory.com/
The Tottenville Historical Society was established to ensure the story of Tottenville is documented for generations to come. The Society's mission is to collect and preserve artifacts related to Tottenville's culture and history, its people, and especially about everyday life there.

MUSEUMS
Alice Austen House
http://aliceausten.org/
Clear Comfort, also known as The Alice Austen House, was built in 1690. Alice Austen moved there with her mother in the 1860s and lived there until financial problems and illness forced her to move in 1945. Today, the restored building is home to a museum showcasing Alice's life and times.

Garibaldi Meucci Museum
http://www.garibaldimeuccimuseum.org/
The historic home of Giuseppe Garibaldi and inventor Antonio Meucci is located in Rosebank, Staten Island. In May 1956, it opened to the public as the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum.

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
http://www.tibetanmuseum.com/
The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art is committed to promoting the awareness of Tibetan art and culture through exhibitions, programs, and publications. Jacques Marchais, an American woman, amassed a large collection of Tibetan objects in the 1920s, '30s, and '40s.

Historic Richmond Town
http://www.historicrichmondtown.org/
Historic Richmond Town is a living history village and museum complex. Visitors can explore the history of Staten Island and its neighboring communities, from the colonial period to the present.

National Lighthouse Museum
http://www.lighthousemuseum.org/index.html
Though not yet open, planning and preparation for the National Lighthouse Museum are underway in St. George. It will collect, research, and interpret lighthouse history and technology.

The Noble Maritime Collection
http://www.noblemaritime.org/
The Noble Maritime Collection preserves and interprets the art, writings, and historical maritime artifacts of the distinguished marine artist, John A. Noble.

Sandy Ground Historical Society (non-official site)
http://www.statenislandusa.com/pages/sandy_ground.html
The museum and library at Sandy Ground are dedicated to researching, preserving, and informing visitors about the historic African American community that thrived there.

Staten Island Children's Museum
http://www.statenislandkids.org/
The Staten Island Children's Museum appeals to the intrepid explorer in every child. Interactive exhibitions and creative workshops offer plenty of opportunities for hands-on, first hand experiences that nurture children's natural curiosity and creativity.

Staten Island Museum
http://www.statenislandmuseum.org/
Located just two blocks west of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, the Staten Island Museum explores the arts, natural science, and local history through permanent and changing exhibitions.

THINGS TO DO, SITES TO SEE
Center for the Arts
http://www.cfashows.com/
The Center for the Arts at the College of Staten Island showcases a culturally rich and diverse schedule of programming.

The Conference House
http://www.theconferencehouse.org/
The Conference House, built in the 17th Century and located at the southern most tip of New York State in Staten Island, is famous for the Peace Conference held there on September 11, 1776.

Gateway National Recreation Area
http://www.nps.gov/gate/
Fort Wadsworth, the World War Veterans Park at Miller Field, and Great Kills Park are part of the larger Gateway National Recreation Area, managed by the National Park Service.

The Greenbelt
http://www.sigreenbelt.org/
The Greenbelt on Staten Island comprises 2,800 acres of parkland, hiking, and recreational opportunities.

Moravian Cemetery
http://www.americantowns.com/ny/statenisland/
organization/moravian_cemetery__it_s_much_more_than
_a_cemetery_

Richard Simpson, historian and tour guide at Moravian Cemetery, organizes walking tours of this historic plot of land. Genealogy inquiries are also accepted.

The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden
http://www.sibg.org/cg.html
Part of the Staten Island Botanical Garden, the Chinese Scholar's Garden is enclosed by walls and features covered walkways and a series of eight pavilions.

St. George Theatre
http://www.stgeorgetheatre.com/
The newly renovated St. George Theatre, a major cultural and performance arts center for Staten Island, provides national tours, musical concerts, dance performances, the best in comedy, and children's productions in an historic venue.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center
http://www.snug-harbor.org/
Once the site of a home for retired sailors, Snug Harbor is now home to the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Music Hall, the Art Lab Art School, the Staten Island Botanical Garden, and more.

Staten Island Botanical Garden
http://www.sibg.org/
Founded in 1977, The Staten Island Botanical Garden is constantly evolving. From its initial plantings of its English perennial border to its newest addition, the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, this institution is a cultural assimilation of gardens.

Staten Island Zoo
http://www.statenislandzoo.org/
Offering special events and educational programs, the Staten Island Zoo is located in Clarence T. Barrett Park. It opened in June of 1936, and it was the first zoo in the U.S. specifically dedicated to an educational mission -- and the first zoo anywhere to exhibit all 32 varieties of rattlesnakes found in the U.S.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Archives & Special Collections - The College of Staten Island
http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/archives/
The Archives and Special Collections include books, manuscripts and other materials in several subject areas related to Staten Island.

Fresh Kills Park
http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/fresh_kills_park/
html/fresh_kills_park.html

Information from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation about the Fresh Kills Park Project, which is focused on transforming the former landfill into a public park.

The Geology of Staten Island
http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/dept/as/geo/sigeo.htm
Geologists at the College of Staten Island explain how the landmass known as Staten Island is thought to have formed.

Staten Island Borough Historian
http://www.statenislandhistorian.com/
Discover the rich history of Staten Island with Borough Historian, Dr. Thomas Matteo.

Staten Island Borough President's Office
http://www.statenislandusa.com/
The Web site of the Borough President's Office provides information on parks and local attractions, as well as administrative news related to the borough of Staten Island.

Staten Island Ferry Information
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/ferrybus/statfery.shtml
The New York City Department of Transportation provides schedules and other information for ferry passengers.