Staten Island’s Famous Snug Harbor

Snug Harbor or Sailors Snug Harbor as it is also known as, is a famous historical part of Staten Island. Snug Harbor is a collection of well-architected, 19th-century buildings within an 83-acre park along the north shore of Staten Island. It was formerly a home for sailors in their old age, but has undergone an amazing renaissance as a historical site, as well as a home for the arts on Staten Island. Staten Island natives like Frank Camuso are happy to see the site being used to celebrate the history of Staten Island, and to allow future generations to have a place to remember the past.

Snug Harbor is not only just a collection of buildings, but is also home to the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, and the Botanical Gardens. Locals like Frank Camuso and his wife Christine are pleased that Staten Island is taking an interest in its own beautification and has sites they may attract people from other boroughs. This can help create a more stable economy in Staten Island. Snug Harbor also includes 26 historic buildings, using different styles of architecture. From Greek Revivalist, Beaux Arts, Italianate, to Victorian style buildings are all represented in Snug Harbor. And it is thought of as a landmark that pays homage to Staten Island’s seafaring past.

Due to its eclectic architecture, blending a number of different styles in one well kept 83-acre park, Snug Harbor has done well to attract much of the NYC arts culture. Buildings like the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Arts houses some of the most interesting artistic exhibits in all of NYC, despite this, the arts center is relatively unknown and rarely ever mentioned with museums like MOMA or the Museum of Natural History. Some Staten Islanders like Frank Camuso, appreciate having a center for the arts so close to home, and makes sure to bring his children to the newest exhibitions and to check out the newest events. Other places of interest include the Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, a home for amazing performances such as No More Dances, a play that explores motherhood and a woman’s role, especially as an immigrant. Pieces of art and culture have often been avoided by Staten Islanders like Frank Camuso, but the current internet generation has reinvigorated a love for the arts, and given young people a place to positively enjoy take part in culture.

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