EXPLORE STATEN ISLAND

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Staten Island Ferry Terminal
MTA Bus Station & Staten Island Railway
St. George Station, a mass transit hub that serves more than 65,000
riders each day, includes the St. George Ferry Terminal, MTA Bus
Station and MTA/Staten Island Railway Terminal. When renovations
are complete, the transformed St. George ferry terminal will feature a
glass-topped waiting room, a new outdoor promenade, air conditioning,
expanded parking for cars and bicycles, and enhanced shopping and
dining options.

 
Richmond County Bank Ballpark
at St. George
Home of the Staten Island Yankees
Richmond Terrace at Wall Street • 718-720-9265 • http://www.siyanks.com
Located right next to the Staten Island Ferry terminal, this beautiful
6,500-seat stadium is home to the minor league Staten Island Yankees.
Savor the simple pleasures of America’s Past Time and enjoy spectacular
views of the Upper Bay and the downtown Manhattan skyline.

The Staten Island September 11 Memorial
“Postcards” is the name of Staten Island’s September 11 memorial,
designed by artist and architect Masayuki Sono and chosen from 179
entries received from 19 countries. Located on the waterfront esplanade
just outside the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, the memorial honors
each of the more than 270 Staten Islanders lost on September 11, 2001
with a plaque displaying their name and date of birth and identifying the
location of their workplace on September 11. Each plaque includes a
memorial silhouette portrait in profile.

 National Lighthouse Center and Museum
The National Lighthouse Museum on the St. George waterfront––
most recently a U.S. Coast Guard base and before that, the Lighthouse
Depot––is now undergoing renovation and is projected to begin limited
operations early in 2005. The new museum’s initial attractions will
include historic buildings from both periods of the site’s active
occupancy as well as exhibits onboard the Nantucket Lightship. The
Nantucket 112 was built in 1936 and is the largest lightship still afloat
in the United States. The ship will be permanently berthed at Pier One.

 Staten Island Borough Hall
10 Richmond Terrace (enter on Stuyvesant Place)
718-816-2000   Look for its distinctive clock tower right across the street from the
ferry. Home to several government agencies including the Office of the
Borough President. Borough Hall was opened in 1906, shortly after
Staten Island became a borough of New York City. Historical murals
and classical sculptural reliefs were added to the lobby in the 1930s.
Open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

 St. George/New Brighton
Historic District
St. George Civic Association
Take a leisurely stroll through this officially designated historic
district, which occupies part of one of New York City’s earliest
suburban developments, conceived in the late 1830s. The district
contains Civil War-era brick row houses , French Second Empire
buildings with mansard roofs, modest Craftsman-style houses, as
well as a large number of Queen Anne-style buildings of the noted
architect Edward Alfred Sargent. Centered around St. Marks Place
and Westervelt Avenue, the district includes 78 buildings, most from
the late 19th century. Walk north and west along Richmond Terrace to
Westervelt Avenue; uphill on Westervelt Avenue two short blocks to
St. Marks Place. S42 bus to St. Marks Place and Westervelt Avenue;
S40, S44 or S52 bus to Richmond Terrace and Westervelt Avenue.

Gateway National Recreation Area

Part of a major, multi-borough National Park Service complex, Gateway
offers significant natural areas, recreational facilities, military sites and
more. Gateway’s Staten Island sites include:
 Fort Wadsworth
East end of Bay Street • 718-354-4500
When you walk through Fort Wadsworth, one of the oldest military
sites in the nation, you’re walking through a large chunk of American
history. Strategically located at the entrance to New York Harbor,
this fort guarded America’s most important city for almost 200 years.
Visitors today can join ranger-led tours to explore Civil War-era gun
batteries; walk the self-guided tour; or just enjoy a panoramic view from
one of the highest elevations in New York City. S51 bus to Von Briesen
Park on weekends; bus stops inside Fort Wadsworth on weekdays.

Miller Field
East end of New Dorp Lane • 718-351-6970
If you’ve got an athletic game to play, this is the place to play it. Built
after World War I as a landing fi eld for military biplanes, this 187-acre
open space for organized athletics also offers a picnic area, children’s
playground, and community garden. S76 bus to New Dorp Lane.

Great Kills Park
Hylan Boulevard & Buffalo Street • 718-987-6790
Pack your swimsuit and picnic basket and head straight for this delightful
shorefront preserve. Swim at the lifeguard-attended beach. Watch the
small craft setting sail from the marina. Then explore the park’s walking,
jogging and nature trails. And be sure to visit the nature study area,
with its great coastal bird-watching opportunities.
S78 bus to Hylan Boulevard entrance.

Clove Lakes Park
1150 Clove Road • 718-390-8000
Come and enjoy the steadily changing vistas of this 110-acre greenspace
in the Clove Valley, with its four ponds, deep wooded ravines, lakeshore
paths, open fields and jogging trails. You can also navigate the lake by
rowboat or canoe, then relax at the Lake Café, a moderately priced
restaurant on site. S61 or S62 bus to Victory Boulevard entrance;
S48 bus to Clove Road/Forest Avenue entrance.

Midland Beach
Father Capodanno Boulevard • 718-390-8000
Once a major East Coast seaside resort, Midland Beach has a smalltown
family feel these days. It’s a fi ne place to swim and sunbathe
that also offers a fishing pier, children’s playground, and handball and
shuffleboard courts. S51 bus to site.

 South Beach Boardwalk
Father Capodanno Boulevard • 718-987-0709 Overlooked by the nearly 2-mile-long FDR Boardwalk, South
Beach is another former resort that, over the years, has become a year-
‘round community. This beachfront park has a children’s playground,
bocce courts, a roller hockey rink, ballfields and picnic areas. S51 bus to
site.

Silver Lake Park and Golf Course
915 Victory Boulevard • 718-390-8000
Only a 10-minute bus ride from the ferry, this beautiful, 107-acre park
of rolling hills surrounding Silver Lake features a golf course, tennis
courts, ballfields  and other recreational opportunities.
S48, S61 or S62 bus to Victory Boulevard/Forest Avenue entrance.

Wolfe’s Pond Park and Beach
Hylan Boulevard and Cornelia Avenue • 718-984-8266
This beachfront park is a great place for sunbathing and picnicking.
It’s a particular favorite of fresh and salt-water fishing enthusiasts, too.
S78 bus to Cornelia Avenue.

South Shore Golf Course
200 Huguenot Avenue • 718-984-0101, 718-984-0108
This beautiful, 18-hole public golf course is equipped with a driving
range and features an on-site restaurant and lounge for post-game
relaxation. S74 bus to Arthur Kill Road and Huguenot Avenue

 Alice Austen House Museum and Park
2 Hylan Boulevard • 718-816-4506 http://www.aliceausten.org
A 15-minute bus ride is all it takes to reach the former home of noted
photographer Alice Austen–a charming 18th-century cottage on a bluff
overlooking the Narrows, surrounded by gardens, with truly breathtaking
views of New York Harbor and Manhattan. The museum displays
include period rooms and an exhibition of Austen’s photographs, which
document the daily lives of upper-middle-class Staten Islanders of the
late 19th and early 20th century. The adjacent waterfront park includes
benches for harbor viewing as well as a large, informal lawn for picnicking.
S51 bus to Hylan Boulevard. Walk one block east on Hylan to the
waterfront; Alice Austen House on right.

 The CSI Center for the Arts
College of Staten Island • 2800 Victory Boulevard • 718-982-ARTS
http://www.csi.cuny.edu/arts
This arts center, located on one of the City University’s most beautiful
campuses, includes five theaters under one roof, with over 750 music,
dance and theater performances per year, featuring Tony-, Grammy- and
Emmy Award-winning performances. S62 bus to gate.

Conference House
7455 Hylan Boulevard • 718-984-6046 • http://www.theconferencehouse.org
On a slight rise looking out onto Raritan Bay, this 1680 stone building
is now the centerpiece of a public waterfront park, a site that recalls
Staten Island’s rural past as well as its place in American history. In
1776, Conference House was the location chosen for a meeting between
representatives of the Continental Congress—including John Adams and
Benjamin Franklin—and the commander of the British forces.
S78 bus to Craig Avenue. Walk one block south to Satterlee, to site.

 Garibaldi-Meucci Museum
420 Tompkins Avenue • 718-442-1608 • http://www.garibaldimeuccimuseum.org
This National Landmark is connected to the history of the modern state
of Italy and the history of communications technology. Once the home
and laboratory of Antonio Meucci, the true inventor of the telephone,
the building also served as a refuge for Giuseppe Garibaldi. Garibaldi is
noted for his political work in South America and for his championing of
the cause of a unified Italian state. S52 or S78 bus to Chestnut Avenue.

 Historic Richmondtown
441 Clarke Avenue • 718-351-1611 • http://www.historicrichmondtown.org
When you enter this historic village, you’re entering the past of the
original seat of (Richmond) county government. That past comes to life
in this 100-acre living history museum through authentically furnished
interiors, formal exhibits and demonstrations of original residents’ daily
activities. S74 bus to St. Patrick’s Place.

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
338 Lighthouse Avenue • 718-987-3500 • http://www.tibetanmusuem.com
Are we on Staten Island, or in Tibet? In the lush, sequestered garden
of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, high atop Lighthouse
Hill, it’s easy to mistake one for the other. The hilltop garden is as much
an attraction as the museum’s renowned collections of sculpture, painting,
ritual objects and musical instruments from Tibet and other Asian
civilizations. S74 bus to Lighthouse Avenue. Walk up Lighthouse Hill
to the site.

 Sandy Ground Historical Society
1538 Woodrow Road • 718-317-5796
Sandy Ground is America’s oldest continuously inhabited settlement
of free blacks. The Society’s museum and library are dedicated to
researching, preserving and informing visitors about this historically
important Staten Island community. Call for hours of operation.
S74 bus to Woodrow and Bloomingdale Roads.

 Snug Harbor Cultural Center
1000 Richmond Terrace • 718-448-2500 • http://www.snug-harbor.org
S40 bus to entrance on Richmond Terrace.
The remarkable number of cultural institutions within this 83-acre
site–many in the Greek Revival buildings of this former seamen’s
home–makes it truly a center for the arts on Staten Island.
This must-see destination includes:
The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art
Housed primarily in Snug Harbor’s 19th-century Main Hall, provides
a forum for regionally and nationally significant contemporary art.
Exhibitions feature a variety of media, including painting, sculpture,
mixed-media installations, performance art, photography, and crafts.
The Music Hall
The second oldest concert hall in New York City, presents programs
of music, dance and theater.
Veterans Memorial Hall
Restored 19th-century chapel now used for recitals, readings and meetings.
Also at Snug Harbor:   The Art Lab, Noble Maritime Collection, Staten Island Children’s Museum,
New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden and the Staten Island Botanical Garden

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