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Staten Island
Staten Island is only connected with Ferry with Manhattan 25 minutes apart from the island. Most less populated among all New York districts and rich with hills, lakes and parks, Staten Island still has the New York's original flavor traditional buildings. The island is the typical residential area but also has a subway and bus line as well as other districts. It is surprising to me that the fee of the Ferry to Manhattan which was $0.50 until 1997 and changed by the claim that is mentioning the fairness.

Parks  
1. Clove Lakes Park
2. Silver Lake Park
3. Willowbrook Park
4. Fresh Kills Park
5. La Tourette Park
6. Great Kills Park
7. Clay Pit Ponds Park
8. Wolfe's Pond Park
9. Conference House Park
Sightseeing Spot 
54 Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
55 Forts Richmond & Tompkins at Fort Wadsworth
56 Alice Austen House
57 Staten Island Borough Hall
58 Staten Island Ferry
59 Staten Island Lighthouse
60 Staten Island Botanical Garden
61 Snug Harbor Cultural Center
61 Staten Island Children's Museum
62 Staten Island Zoo
63 Historic Richmond Town
64 Seguine Mansion
65 Conference House
Sightseeing Spot
1. Clove Lakes Park

With a beautiful 191 acre expanse, Clove Lakes Park is the perfect place for the active person or family. Inside this vast meadow, there are four lakes & connecting by streams where one can enjoy rowboating and freshwater fishing, as well as an outdoor ice skating rink (in season). Clove Lakes also offers picnic grounds, playgrounds, a baseball field, nature trails, bridle paths, a cross-country course, and a restaurant.

Parking and public transportation available. From the Ferry terminal, take Bus S62 to intersection of Victory Boulevard and Clove Road(20 minutes).

Location : Slosson Ave, Victory Blvd, Clove Rd
2. Silverlake Park

With a beautiful 191 acre expanse, Clove Lakes Park is the perfect place for the active person or family. Inside this vast meadow, there are four lakes & connecting by streams where one can enjoy rowboating and freshwater fishing, as well as an outdoor ice skating rink (in season). Clove Lakes also offers picnic grounds, playgrounds, a baseball field, nature trails, bridle paths, a cross-country course, and a restaurant.

Parking and public transportation available. From the Ferry terminal, take Bus S62 to intersection of Victory Boulevard and Clove Road(20 minutes).

Location : Forest Ave and Victory Blvd
5. La Tourette Park & Golf Course

La Tourette Park & Golf Course is located in Staten Island's Greenbelt. This beautiful green park feature's an 18 hole golf course built upon 125 acres of land, complemented by 455 acres of woodlands. After a challenging day of golf, sportsmen and visitors alike may relax in either the clubhouse or the restaurant. When in season, ski and sleigh hills are available. Amenities also include showers and lockers.

Parking and public transportation are available. From the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, take bus S74 to Richmond Hill Road(near Richmondtown); 38 minutes.

Location : Foreset Hill & London Rds, Rockland Ave
7. Clay Pit Ponds

Clay Pit Ponds is a 250 acre State Park Reserve with a diverse landscape. Streams, fields, woodlands, and wetlands harbor a wide array of plants and animals. This is a great place for nature lovers to visit. Horseowners have miles of bridle trails to traverse. There are also nature programs offered year-round to interested parties. Group programs require advanced registration.

Bus parking, car parking, and public transportation available. From the Staten Island Ferry Terminal take Bus S74 to Sharrotts Road. Walk Sharrotts Road a quarter of a mile and go left onte Carlin St. to the end.(46 minutes).

Location : 83 Nielsen Ave Staten Island
8. Wolfe's Pond Beach & Park

Wolfe's Pond Beach & Park is a 170 acre wooded parkland, with 20 acres set aside for swimming, rowboating, and daytime freshwater fishing. Salt water fishing is permitted from October to May. Facilities in this park include picnic grounds, outdoor fireplaces, and a model yacht pond.

Car parking, bus parking, and public transportation available. From the Staten Island Ferry Terminal take Bus S78 to the corner of Hylan Boulevard and Cornelia Avenue(42 minutes).

Location : Cornelia, Holten & Luten Aves on Raritan Bay
55. Fort Wadsworth

Underneath the Verrazanno Narrows Bridge lies one of the oldest military sites in the United States - Fort Wadswoth. Strategically located at the entrance to New York Harbor, Fort Wadsworth, guarded New York City for almost 200 years. Now inactive and managed by the National Park Service as part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, Fort Wadsworth was one of the most important military bases in the country for much of our nationfs history. In 1995, the last military tenant, the navy, departed and officially turned Fort Wadsworth over to the Department of the Interior. In 1997, Fort Wadsworth opened to the public as part of Gateway National Recreation Area.
Address : East end of Bay Street, near Verrazano Bridge
Hours : Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Visitor Center)
56. Alice Austen House Museum & Garden

The Alice Austen House was built in 1690. In 1844 it was purchased by John Haggerty Austen, Alice Austen's grandfather, a well-to-do businessman, whose wife gave the house the name Clear Comfort.

John Austen's original intent was to use Clear Comfort as a summer home, but in 1852, following the illnesses and deaths of two infant sons, Austen moved his family from Manhattan to permanent residency on Staten Island. In the late 1860s Clear Comfort's most famous resident, Alice Austen (1866-1952), and her mother, Alice Cornell Austen, also moved into the family home after they had been abandoned by Alice's father.

Alice Austen would become one of America's earliest and most accomplished women photographers. Alice's devotion is evident in her photographs. Her home was frequently the backdrop and the subject of her images as she recorded in extensive and loving detail family members, visitors, and happy events.

Alice Austen spent most of her life at Clear Comfort until financial problems and illness forced her to move in 1945. In her absence, the house fell into disrepair until a group of concerned citizens saved it from demolition in the 1960's.

Restoration was begun in January 1984 and completed in April 1985. Because of its historic significance, the Alice Austen House was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, was designated a New York City Landmark in 1971, and a National Historic Landmark in 1993.

Alice's own photographs of the interior and exterior of the house and grounds made an exact restoration possible-from the rustic post gate to the 1879 Statue of Liberty on the parlor mantelpiece (given by the American Committee for contributing to construction costs of the Statute's base).

Today, the Alice Austen House serves as a museum of Alice Austen's life and times. Located at the entrance to New York Harbor, the Alice Austen House is a reminder of the picturesque suburban "cottages" that dotted the shore and hills of 19th century Staten Island. The house and grounds recall the home as Alice knew it and a way of life that has passed into history.
Address : 2 Hylan Boulevard
Admission : A suggested donation of $2.00
Hours : Thursday through Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm
57. Staten Island Borough Hall

The Staten Island Borough Hall is located on Stuyvesant Street and Borough Place. It houses the Borough President's Office, offices of the Departments of Buildings and Transportation and other civic offices.

A designated New York City Landmark., the building was completed in 1906 as the Borough Hall and continues in its original use. When Staten Island was consolidated as part of New York City in 1898, St. George was selected as Staten Islandfs new civic center, replacing Richmond Town, the former seat of the Richmond County government.

This French Renaissance style brick building is three stories high with a massive two-story mansard roof. There is lavish limestone trim, including a stone base, stone center entrance, window enframements and Doric columns separating the windows. The high clock tower in the center can be seen from the harbor and throughout St. George. The plan consists of a center section and two pavilions. The front facade faces Richmond Terrace and the rear facade which overlooks the harbor.
Address : 10 Richmond Terrace
Hours : Monday - Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm
58. Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry is a passenger ferry operated by the New York City Department of Transportation between Whitehall Street at the southernmost tip of Manhattan near Battery Park (South Ferry) and St. George Ferry Terminal on Richmond Terrace in Staten Island near Richmond County Borough Hall and Richmond County Supreme Court.
Address : 1 Richmond Terrace
Subway : 1 Line South Ferry (from Manhattan)
61. Staten Island Children's Museum

The Childrenfs Museum at Snug Harbor is a place where kids can learn by actively doing, not just passively watching. The Museum is a place where children of all ages can use their natural curiosity, creativity and imagination to explore many exciting aspects of the world around us. Since 1976 the Museum has given children the opportunity to enjoy a unique perspective on art, science and the humanities.

The Museum features an insect exhibit with a human size ant hill and a theatre complete with costumes and props for children to play with. At 3pm, children can feed the Museumfs collection of guinea pigs, fish, toads and bugs. The museum is also fronted by broad lawns which are perfect for games and picnics. In addition, Workshops, performances and special events are presented year-round.
Address : 1000 Richmond Terrace
Admission : $5 for people one year of age and older.
Hours : Tue - Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm
61. Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Originally a housing residence for retired seaman, Snug Harbor is an 83-acre National Historic Landmark District whose grand 19th century buildings house Snug Harbor Cultural Center and many other Cultural Organizations.

Sailorfs Snug Harbor was founded in 1801 by Robert Richard Randall as the first maritime home and hospital for retired sailors in the United States. When Sailorfs Snug Harbor was at its peak at the turn of the century, it housed nearly 1000 sailors.

Today, Snug Harbor is Staten Island premier destination for the arts and is home to art museums, botanical gardens, a music hall and a childrenfs museum, and its 19th Century grounds are woven with woods and streams, colorful gardens and tree lined pathways. Snug Harborfs calendar is filled year-round with concerts, art installations, recitals, plays and lectures which attract more than 250, 000 visitors each year.
Address : 1000 Richmond Terrace
62. Staten Island Zoo

The Staten Island Zoo is New York Cityfs biggest little zoo, an oasis of nature and wildlife in Staten Islandfs suburban landscape.

The Staten Island Zoo features an internationally acclaimed reptile collection with one of the most extensive collections of North American rattlesnakes, and an African Savannah Exhibit that features a number of exotic animals that are native to the vast grasslands of central and southern Africa, such as leopards, mandrills, lizards, and antelope.

The Zoo also features a South American tropical forest, an aquarium, and a New England farm themed Childrenfs Center complete with farm animals.

The Staten Island Zoo also offers a number of educational programs, including zoo tours, in-school presentation and teacher education workshops.
Address : 614 Broadway
Admission : $5.00 for adults
Hours : 10:00am -4:45pm
63. Historic Richmond Town

Site of the original seat of the Richmond County Government, Historic Richmond Town is New York Cityfs living history and museum village.

First established as a crossroads settlement among the scattered farms of Staten Island, Richmond Town was once the center for business and government on Staten Island. In the 1700s, Richmond Town became the government center of Richmond County and thereafter quickly became a bustling neighborhood and meeting place for people who came to town to appear at court, attend church or school, or stop in a tavern.

But by the end of the 1800s, growth at Richmond Town slowed, particularly when court was not in session. In 1898, Staten Island became a borough of New York City, and many county functions were taken over by the new City government. A new government center was built at St. George, the island's closest point to Manhattan, diminishing Richmond Towns importance.

Richmond Town continued as a residential neighborhood, but the loss of the county seat, coupled with the rise of neighborhoods such as Port Richmond and Tompkinsville, led to the gradual decline of Richmond Town as an important commercial and civic center on Staten Island.
Address : 441 Clarke Avenue
Admission : $5.00 for adults
65. Conference House

On the southern most tip of Staten Island lies Conference House Park, site of a 1776 peace conference between representatives of the Continental Congress and the Commander of British Forces during the Revolutionary War.

Captain Christopher Billopp of the British Royal Navy settled on this site in 1675. Legend has it that when New York and New Jersey competed for ownership of Staten Island, Captain Billopp secured Staten Island for New York by circumnavigating the Island in one day.

As the revolutionary war broke out, Captain Billopfs son, Colonel Christopher Billopp, a Loyalist, defended England's government of America. Staten Island housed many English troops, and some had even set up tents on Colonel Billopfs property, surrounding the manor house.

Admiral Lord Howe, King Georgefs Peace Commissioner, invited American delegates to a Peace Conference to be held at the Billopp Manor House on Staten Island on September 11, 1776. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Edward Rutledge attended as American delegates.

However, the Manor House in Conference House Park be the site of the last conference between the British Government and the American Colonies.

When the colonies declared their independence, the insurgent State of New York confiscated the property of pro-British colonists. Colonel Billopp, the ardently pro-British owner of the House, fled to Nova Scotia where he and his family were given property by the King of England in recognition of his loyalty to the Crown.

For the next 150 years, the House would pass from one private owner to the next and remain in obscurity. One of the owners turned it into an inn, others made structural alterations.

In 1929, the newly formed Conference House Association was granted control of the property, thereby saving the Manor House from destruction. Since taking control of the Manor House and surrounding property, the Conference House Association has restored and maintained the Manor House for visitors to enjoy.

Today, the Conference House is now part of a public waterfront park that overlooks Raritan Bay and the New Jersey coast. First built in 1680, it is the only pre-Revolutionary manor house still surviving in New York City and is both a New York City and National Landmark.
Address : 7455 Hylan Boulevard
Admission : Free, Guided tours cost $2 for children and seniors, $3 for adults
Hours : Guided tours available April-mid December 1-4pm

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