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7 Must See Staten Island Attractions To Visit This Fall

7 Must See Staten Island Sites This Fall

Staten Island is known as both the “borough of parks” and “the forgotten borough,” but Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty believes it should also be recognized as one of the most family-friendly New York City destinations. With a rich cultural history dating back to 1661 and the Revolutionary War, families will undoubtedly find many of our borough’s landmarks both educational and entertaining. Here are 7 must-see Staten Island sites this fall. 

1) Staten Island Children’s Museum: 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301

Staten Island Children’s Museum is located in the historical district, Sung Harbor. Although it isn’t a recognized landmark, Snug Harbor’s very own children’s museum has entertained NYC kids since 1974 when it was founded by a group of parents. The museum opened in 1976 in a small rented storefront with one exhibit and program. A series of “hands-on, minds-on” exhibitions followed about history, the natural science, and fine arts. By 1980, space limitations drove the museum to seek a larger venue. The City of New York invited the Children’s Museum to join the Cultural Institutions Group, which included plans for the Museum to relocate to the ground so the newly acquired 83-acre Snug Harbor. In 1986, the museum opened the doors to its new home. In 2003, the facility expanded to 40,000 square feet with the addition of the historic barn and the bi-level glass passageway. In 2013, the Museum completed another capital project, with the addition of a state-of-the-art tented picnic and performance pavilion on the East Meadow, and a vertical axis wind turbine and wind scoop addition to its roof. The mission of the Staten Island Children’s Museum is to nurture the creativity and curiosity natural to all children, to recognize and celebrate different learning styles, and to demonstrate vividly that learning can be exciting and fun.

2) Staten Island Zoo: 614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY 10310

The biggest “little” zoo in America, the Staten Island Zoo showcases more than 1,100 animals nestled in a beautiful eight-acre park. The Zoo’s collection has nearly doubled over the last two years and features over 350 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates from six of the world’s seven continents. Referred to as Barrett Park until the 1960s, the Staten Island Zoo has a long and interesting history. Since 1936, the family-friendly zoo has strived to educate college students, educators and the public about wildlife. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children. Children under 2 are free. 

3) Richmond County Bank Ballpark: 75 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301

The Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George (RCB Ballpark) is located on the north-eastern tip of Staten Island in historic St. George. The ballpark is the home of the Staten Island Yankees, the NY-Penn League affiliate of the New York Yankees, and of Wagner College Seahawks Baseball. RCB Ballpark has 18 regular-sized luxury suites along with a 60-person Skyline Suite with one of the best views of the harbor. A small kids’ area is located down the left-field line with games. A replica of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is located on top of the main scoreboard.

4) Alice Austen House: 2 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305

Home to an ambitious Victorian female photographer, the Alice Austen House was built in 1690 as a one-room Dutch farmhouse. Referred to as “Clear Comfort” it was purchased in 1844 by John Haggerty Austen, Alice Austen’s grandfather. Alice Austen herself moved there as a young girl in the late 1860s with her mother, Alice Cornell Austen, after the two were abandoned by Alice’s father. In 1917, Gertrude Tate moved in, and the two lived together until financial problems forced them to move in 1945. When they left, the house fell into disrepair until a group of concerned citizens saved it from demolition in the 1960s. The house successfully gained status as a historic landmark and was restored in the mid-1980s. The home now functions as a museum comprised of exhibitions that showcase Austen’s prized photographs. For a small donation, your family can see the world through the lens of one of Staten Island’s most talented female photographers.

5) Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden: 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is the result of more than four decades of restoration and development to convert a 19th-century charitable rest home for sailors to a regional arts center, botanical gardens, and public park. It is a place where history, architecture, gardens, agriculture, visual and performing arts, and education come together to provide a dynamic experience for all ages. Snug Harbor consists of 28 buildings, fourteen distinctive botanical gardens, a two-acre urban farm, wetlands, and park land. Visitors of Snug Harbor can take a stroll through the magnificent Chinese Scholar’s Garden or take in a show at its historical Music Hall. 

6) Garibaldi-Meucci Museum: 420 Tompkins Ave, Staten Island, NY 10305

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is owned and administered by the Order Sons of Italy in America. It was the home of Antonio Meucci, the true inventor of the telephone, and a refuge to Giuseppe Garibaldi, the legendary hero who championed the unification of Italy. For over 50 years the museum has fulfilled its mission to preserve the legacies of these great men and to promote understanding of the Italian-American heritage through cultural, artistic and educational programs and classes. With an admission price of $10, you can explore the rich and complex history of these prominent Italian figures.

7) Staten Island Lighthouse Museum: 200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point, Staten Island, NY 10301

Located on the former site of the United States Lighthouse Service’s (USLHS) General Depot in St. George, Staten Island, the National Lighthouse Museum educates visitors about the history and technology of the nation’s lighthouses. The General Depot was the national headquarters, testing ground, and distribution center for all materials and equipment used by light keepers and USLHS personnel from 1864 to 1939. Once a lively and bustling site of 18 buildings, today only 6 remain. It is 2,400 square feet and is self-guided. Museum exhibits include Beacons Through Time, Supplying the Nation’s Light Stations: The General DepotOptics: Projecting the LightLife at the Light: Lighthouse Keepers, and much more! Children under 12 can enjoy free admission, while adults pay $5 per ticket for entry.



Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty believes once you’ve visited Staten Island you will want to call it home – and there is simply no more beautiful time to enjoy our borough than in the fall! If you’re in the market to purchase a home near one of these family-friendly locations, we can help. When you choose Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty Inc. as your realtor we consider the needs of the entire family! Contact Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty 4 Minthorne Street Staten Island N.Y.10301 Today! Office: #718-702-6848 or #917-414-0847

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Enjoying Autumn on Staten Island



Fall is finally here! As the cool weather moves in and replaces the heat of summer, there are plenty of things to do on Staten Island to keep you busy—even if the days are a little bit shorter. Whether you attend a fall harvest celebration or go pumpkin picking with the kids, make sure you get out and enjoy the crisp air, the cool breeze and the beautiful fall foliage this season!

Freshkills Park

Sneak “Peak” at Freshkills Park: This annual event celebrates the potential of the future of Freshkills Park. Taking place on September 28, 2014 from 11am to 4pm at the Freshkills Park Parking Lot, this festival offers activities such as kayaking, biking, birding, art, and family friendly events. Come and check out how Staten Island’s Freshkills Park has transformed over the past few years. For more information, visit

Events at the Staten Island Greenbelt

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival in Willowbrook Park: Join the Staten Island Greenbelt at Willowbrook Park from 12 pm – 4 pm on Saturday, October 11, 2014 for an afternoon of fun, games, music, puppet shows and more. Environmental educators will have a fall-inspired activity for families, and the Carousel will be open as well. Admission to the event is free, although you do need to purchase pumpkins and carousel rides for a small fee.

Visit the Staten Island Greenbelt website at for more information on events like autumn hikes, Halloween activities, and regular programming for children and adults of all ages. Enjoy this beautiful time of year in Staten Island’s greenest space!

Celebrate at Historic Richmond Town

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm: Weekends in October and on Columbus Day, 11 am – 4 pm. You don’t have to travel off of Staten Island to enjoy a hay ride, farm animals, arts and crafts, and a corn stalk maze. Visit the historic Decker Farm for pumpkin picking and many more fall festivities.

Historic Richmond Town Old Home Day: Where on Staten Island can you watch the blacksmith and tinsmiths at work, meet the chair-caner, observe the “colonial” cooks making bread and soup, and view expert quilters, beekeepers, and spinners complete their crafts? On October 19, 2014 from 10 am – 5 pm, stroll through America’s past and present at Historic Richmond town for their Old Home Day Celebration. Admission to this event includes a ticket to Decker Farm Pumpkin Picking.

Halloween in Richmond Town: Enjoy trick-or-treating in an old historic village! On Friday, October 24, 2014, beginning at 3:30 pm, join the members of the Staten Island Historical Society for an afternoon of games, apple-bobbing, costume contests and tasty treats!

Visit the Historic Richmond Town website for more details and registration information for these events.

Westerleigh ParkWesterleigh Park

Soap Box Derby: Join in the excitement at Westerleigh Park’s 9th annual Soap Box Derby, where big kids and little kids ages 7 and older are encouraged to design, build, and race their version of a soap box derby car. The event will take place on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10 am- 4pm. Registration begins at 10am with the races commencing at 11am.

Halloween Extravaganza 2014: Join the Friends of Westerleigh Park as they partner with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to host 2014’s Halloween Extravaganza! Taking place on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 11am – 2pm, there will be a haunted house created by the Boy Scouts, a bake sale sponsored by the Girl Scouts, arts and crafts, face-painting, pumpkin picking, raffles, and more! This is truly a community event that you don’t want to miss!

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Spooktacular at the Staten Island Zoo

A favorite North Shore event is the Staten Island Zoo’s Spooktacular, taking place this year on October 18th and 19th. Participants can enjoy family friendly themes including carnival games, crafts, and a costume contest, as well as new features such as a “Transylvania’s Got Talent”, and “Wonderful Witches of the World” and an expanded “Candy Land Path.” For more information, visit the Staten Island Zoo website.

Pumpkin Smash

PS 9’s Pumpkin Smash: Want a fun way to dispose of your jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins? Join PS 9, Naples Street Elementary School, located at 1055 Targee Street for their first annual Pumpkin Smash, taking place on Saturday, November 1st from 11am-3pm.

This brand-new elementary school is partnering with the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens as the Staten Island site of a city-wide leaf collection event. Not only will you get a chance to make your pumpkins flip, roll, launch and ultimately smash before adding them to compost bins, but there will be music, games, raffles, contests and fun for the entire family. Families are encouraged to wear their costumes and bring left-over candy to be donated to the troops. Stay tuned for more information on this fun event.

Whether it be a hayride, pumpkin carving, or sipping warm apple cider; there is so much to love about the fall season in New York City’s greenest borough. If you’re looking to buy a home or purchase any Staten Island real estate, autumn (the season of transition) is the perfect time to think about transitioning into a new home. Come out and join us in celebrating fall, and feel free to follow my weekly blogs for more information on upcoming events, attractions, listings and more. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter.

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Happy Fall! I look forward to meeting up soon!

Staten Island ZOO


Located in the West Brighton section of Staten Island’s North Shore, the Staten Island Zoo is a 8-acre zoo operated by the Staten Island Zoological Society. Currently, the zoo houses over 438 animals of over 206 different species. Among the zoo’s current exhibits is the African Savannah at Twilight, the Children’s Zoo and Kids’ Korral, and a vat collection of snakes and reptiles housed in the zoo’s Serpentarium. The zoo is also the home of Staten Island Chuck, a groundhog who is the official Groundhog Day forecaster for New York City. New attractions to the zoo include the Conservation Carousel and the brand new Amur Leopard habitat. The zoo also houses the horses used by the Parks Department Enforcement Patrol Officers for patrolling the parks and woods of Staten Island.

The Zoo is accessible by public transportation via the S48 and S53 bus routes. For more information, visit

Make The Most Of Your Memorial Day Weekend!

nStaten Island's  Memorial Day Parade.

Memorial Day Weekend is a time of reflection and remembrance of those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. Staten Islanders often celebrate the weekend by spending time with family and friends, honoring our veterans, or taking part in acts of volunteerism within their community.

As your Staten Island North Shore Expert, I have compiled a list of events taking place on Staten Island this weekend that are sure to keep you and your family busy and having fun!

Memorial Day Parade

This year’s Staten Island Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 27, 2013, starting at noon.  The 2013 parade will begin at Forest Avenue and Hart Boulevard, and is expected to have over 1,500 participants.  Why not come out and thank our veterans while applauding Staten Island’s Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops and high school marching bands?

Boy scouts marching in Staten Island Memorial Day Parade.

Memorial Day Run

2013 marks the 33rd annual Staten Island Advance Memorial Day Run , sponsored by the Staten Island Advance  and Staten Island University Hospital . The run/walk begins at 9:00am and covers 4 miles along Father Capodanno Boulevard. This year’s run will begin and end at the Father Capodanno entrance to Miller Field.

Staten Island Beaches

The beaches are open!  The New York City Parks Department  has announced that many Staten Island Beaches will be opening this weekend. These beaches include South Beach, Midland Beach, Cedar Grove, and Wolfe’s Pond. Why not take a walk along the beach this weekend?

Boardwalk and beach on Staten Island.

Staten Island Parks

The New York City Parks and Recreation is known for providing free and fun events within their parks.  From bird-watching to learning how to ride a bike, check out the Parks Department website  for events on Staten Island this Memorial Day weekend.  Or, you could go for a picnic lunch, go on a hike , or take the kids for a ride on the children’s carousel .  There are so many things to do within the many parks on Staten Island!

Looking to volunteer at a park this weekend?  Many Staten Islanders will be displaying their acts of service at Westerleigh Park, Eibs Pond Park and the Staten Island Greenbelt .

Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Childrens Museum.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Home of the Botanical Gardens and the Staten Island Children’s Museum , Snug Harbor Cultural Center  is always hosting events.  Check out their website for events taking place this weekend, from art shows for adults to art workshops for children.  Or, you could just take a stroll through the many beautiful gardens.

Staten Island Botanical Gardens

Staten Island Zoo

ATKA is at the zoo!  Come visit the Staten Island Zoo for a chance to see ATKA, the “ambassador wolf” of the Wolf Conservation Center, who is making an appearance at the Staten Island Zoo this Saturday.  But even if you don’t get a chance to see ATKA, the zoo has much more to offer- including a petting zoo, pony rides, and many exhibits.

Whether you participate in volunteerism, attend the parade, visit a park, or just barbeque in your backyard this weekend, I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!  As your North Shore Expert, I encourage you to celebrate the weekend by enjoying your time with family and friends, and by remembering all of our heroes who have sacrificed themselves for others.   Happy Memorial Day!

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