Summer is starting to wind down but there's still plenty of time for summer adventures before autumn adventures begin. As any of you probably know, I do a podcast with my partner. But many of you may not know that my partner is a veteran podcaster and has several podcasts of her own including ABC Gotham. Recently she did an episode on Snug Harbor. You should totally give it a listen because it details some pretty interesting background about Snug Harbor. Especially interesting are the murders. Seriously, give it a listen.
Snug Harbor was founded in the early 19th Century as a home for aged sailors. It's composed of 84 acres of land on the northern coast of Staten Island in NYC. For almost a hundred and fifty years retired sailors made their home there in a time before Social Security or other safety nets for the indigent. Now that it's no longer a home for sailors, Snug Harbor is now a cultural center with multiple gardens, museums and even a hedge maze!
Needless to say we've wanted to go check it out. A Sunday in August seemed perfect. After all Staten Island is just a ferry ride away.
I realized that trip was literally only my third trip on the ferry to actually go to a destination in Staten Island. Every other time I was just riding the ferry over to the other terminal and then riding it right back.
If ever you visit NYC be sure to take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. It's free and it takes you right by the Statue of Liberty. Plus you get some amazing views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the whole harbor. It's fun.
|Can't help it- there's just something nice about wearing a dress on a boat.|
Our first stop was the museum. We actually skipped the Staten Island Museum (we'll have to go next time) because we wanted to learn more about Snug Harbor more specifically. Okay, we're history nerds and especially New York City history nerds.
After that we found an allee and stopped to take a few photos.
Above is the Moon Gate. They say you can make wish when you pass through it.