Snug Harbor Highlights

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On the northern waterfront of Staten Island, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is as unusual a sight as you’ll find in New York City’s five boroughs. Set up in the early 1800s as a home for retired sailors, Snug Harbor has changed over the centuries into the island’s focal point for horticulture, the arts, nautical history and architectural preservation. What will you find? Watch the video above and read below for a taste of the site’s highlights.

• John Noble’s Houseboat Studio, where the artist drew and painted, at the Noble Maritime Collection

• Displays of cicadas, Egyptian antiquities and extinct bird species at the Staten Island Museum

• New York City’s second-oldest concert venue, the 1892 Music Hall

• The Allee, a verdant walkway under an arch of hornbeam trees

• An assemblage of five similarly constructed (and interlocking) Greek Revival buildings from the 19th century

• The Ming Dynasty–style Chinese Scholar’s Garden—much of which was assembled in and shipped from China—plus a “secret” labyrinthine garden, a Tuscan-style garden with lemon and olive trees, and numerous other planted green spaces  

• A seasonal Saturday farmers’ market from the on-site Heritage Farm

• The bell and belfry at Veterans Memorial Hall, a former chapel built in the 1850s

• The cupola-topped Gatehouse, an elegant brick entrance to the grounds  


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