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Don’t forget STATEN ISLAND!

A travel journal to Staten Island by travel2000

Quote: An abundance of art and nature awaits those who take the free ferry ride to Staten Island. Often written off by New Yorkers, this island offers an escape from the crowds and noise of Manhattan and transports you to another place and time.

Don’t forget STATEN ISLAND!

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Overview

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Chinese Scholar's Garden, Jacques Marchais Center of Tibetan Art, Richmondtown Restoration Village, and of course, can't beat the picturesque free ferry ride from lower Manhattan to St George Ferry Terminal on the island. Excellent views of New York City, and you also breeze by the Statue of Liberty.Quick Tips: Pick a nice, sunny day and spend it at a leisurely pace. You don't have to do everything on my list. Since the Chinese Scholar's Garden opened up, it's been the major attraction on the island.Best Way To Get Around: Being a New Yorker, I assume you would not have access to a car. (It's an item of luxury here due to the parking fees etc.) Public transportation would get you to ...Read More
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This is a huge cultural center, on a site which used to be the home of retired seamen. Sitting on an impressive 83 acres, this includes the Chinese Scholar’s Garden (see above journal listing), The Staten Island Children's Museum, Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences, a Music Hall, and a Botanical Garden, to name a few. The grounds are free for roaming around. Specific venues require small fees of $2 to $3.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 15, 2001

Snug Harbor Cultural Center
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, New York 10301
(718) 442-6112

Richmondtown Restoration Village

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Attraction

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tel 718-351-1611 Take the number 74 bus from the ferry terminal (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) This is a historic village restoration of the town of Richmond, from it’s very beginning three centuries ago to its status now as a borough of the City of New York. There are 26 restored original buildings situated on 100 acres of land. You can visit the interiors of about 11 of them. As an example, there are the oldest standing schoolhouse in the US, an exhibit of arts and crafts techniques, and a general store. The Historical Museum used to be the County Clerk’s Office in the 1800’s. There are exhibits showing the history of Staten Island, certainly of interest to those who fo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2001

Richmondtown Restoration Village
441 Clarke Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10306
(718) 351-1611

Chinese Scholar’s Garden

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Attraction

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tel:718-273-8200

A real treasure inside the Snug Harbour Cultural Center. This is a Chinese Confucian garden is recreated from the Ming dynasty gardens…for contemplation of nature and it’s surroundings. As part of Snug Harbour, which was built by a rich man who made his money in trade with China, this garden is the first of its kind in the US. Actual rock formations were imported from Shanghai and there are detailed woodwork and authentic landscaping. This is relatively new to New York and is often a backdrop for beautiful magazine photo shoots.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2001

Chinese Scholar’s Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, New York

Alice Austen House

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Attraction

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tel:(718) 816 4506

This house is now a National Historic Landmark. It began as a one-room farmhouse and was later transformed into a beautiful cottage in the mid-1800’s by Alice Austen's grandfather. Alice was an amateur photographer who traveled extensively. What remains are photographs documenting what she saw, and these are on display at the house. The guided tour is informative. The house is supposedly in original condition, allowing you a rare glimpse of how life used to be during those times.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 15, 2001

Alice Austen House
2 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, New York 10305
(718) 816-4506

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tel: (718) 987 3478

On an unassuming suburban street, this is a real find, a museum completely devoted to Tibetan art. The building looks like a small temple in the Tibetan mountains, with a beautiful Tibetan-style garden and a fishpond. From far away, you can see the lower Hudson Bay. On display are artwork, artifacts and musical instruments. I was in awe of the displays, feeling transported to a different continent and time.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2001

Jacques Marchais Center of Tibetan Art
338 Lighthouse Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10306
(718) 987-3500

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