Clear Comfort, now a National Historic Landmark, was purchased in 1844 by Alice Austen's grandfather, John Haggerty Austen, a well-to-do businessman, whose wife gave the house its name.
Fort Wadsworth is one of the oldest military installations in the nation. The site occupies 226 acres on the northeastern shore of Staten Island, on the Narrows of New York Harbor. Rich in history and natural beauty, Fort Wadsworth affords you the opportunity to observe an important part of our nation's history, while offering magnificant views of New York Harbor.
Since it was founded in 1977, the Botanical Garden has been constantly evolving. From its initial English Perennial Border planting to the addition of the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden in 1999 and the Richmond County Savings Foundation Tuscan Garden completed in 2011, this assimilation of gardens is a must see for all visitors.
This fountain on the East Lawn of Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cultural Center depicts a heroic-sized Neptune figure atop a serpent with his spear poised to strike. In 1892 New York City’s John W. Fiske Iron Works cast the original piece in zinc and painted it bronze to keep costs low. Over the years the figure deteriorated and Neptune lost his hands, an arm, and a foot.
The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.
Often referred to as one of the most tranquil places in New York City, High Rock Park is noted for its quiet ponds and deep woods. Hosting the Greenbelt Conservancy’s headquarters, the park has been recognized as a Natural Environmental Education Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior.
Activities in this tranquil Staten Island park center around its picturesque pond. On warm days, fishers cast a line off its banks while nearby turtles and egrets laze around the water.
Since the 19th Century, Staten Island's Eastern Shore has been a haven for tourists and beach bathers. The pride of the shoreline is the South Beach Boardwalk, which stretches almost two miles!
Nestled into the side of Lighthouse Hill, the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art is a uniquely peaceful retreat.
James J. Walker (1881-1946) was a New York politician whose style and exploits made his name synonymous with the Jazz Age.
Welcome to Historic Richmond Town - America's historic town. We are a completely authentic, real and original town and farm museum complex featuring unique treasures dating all the way back to the mid-1600s.
This landscaped park on the northeastern shore of Staten Island occupies the site of the former estate of Arthur Von Briesen (1843-1920).
Clove Lakes Park is a public park located in the New York City borough of Staten Island, in the neighborhood of Sunnyside. With valuable ecological assets, Clove Lakes Park has a rich natural history and a few remnants of the past. Chief among them are the park's lakes and ponds, outcroppings of serpentine rocks, and Staten Island's largest living thing, a 300-year-old tulip tree.
The city's newest beach is a converted oceanfront bungalow colony. This charming beach with its clear views of the Manhattan Bridge is smaller and somewhat more tranquil than its neighbors, Midland Beach and South Beach, and is popular with the area's families.
Originally created as Staten Island’s response to Manhattan’s Central Park and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Silver Lake Park provides abundant recreational activities amidst plenty of trails and open space to wander. It was at the turn of the last century when Staten Island secured funds and began developing the park, and it continues to flourish more than a century later, complete with an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, sports fields, and many other facilities.
As the National Lighthouse Museum is located next to the ferry terminal in St. George, one of Staten Island’s main transportation hubs, visitors can use public transportation to easily access most of the island’s many cultural and recreational sites. Just across Bay Street, visitors to Staten Island Borough Hall can view an acclaimed set of Depression-Era bas-reliefs and murals that depict significant events in local history.
In 1846, a local Staten Island historian, Gabriel P. Disosway, published an article about the house and its place in the history of the American Revolution. He expressed hope that the house would be saved. Although the owners of the house did not share Disosway’s concern, public interest in preservation was growing steadily nationwide. In 1886, a bill was introduced in the New York State legislature to acquire the Conference House for museum purposes. The bill did not pass, but enough interest had been generated that it was reintroduced in 1896, 1901, and again in 1909.
As one of Staten Island's largest parks, Wolfe's Pond Park wears many different hats. To some, it is a beautiful beach. To others, it is a wildlife and plant preserve. To still others, it is a recreation area with space to run, jump, and climb. Choose Wolfe's Pond Park, and choose your own adventure!