Snug Harbor

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The Greek style buildings

Snug Harbor is a city park on Staten Island. It houses a former site of a home for retired seamen. The idea for such an institution came from Captain Richard Randall. Randall owned a manor on Manhattan, near nowadays Washington Square. He wanted the manor to be the home for "aged, decrepit and worn-out seamen." after his death in 1801. The institution had to be called "Snug Harbor". At that time Manhattan grew rapidly, the Manor was closed in by it. At the same time the property became more and more valuable. The trust that ran the institution decided to sell it and purchase land on Staten Island instead.

The first impressive Greek style buildings opened on the Staten Island site in 1833.

Spring in Snug Harbor
All kind of facilities were added, like a chapel and a concert hall. Several of the buildings were added to the monument list later. In 1970 the institution became financially nonviable and the seamen were relocated to North Carolina. Many efforts to raze parts of the complex were fortunately prevented. The site was eventually turned into a city park, cultural center, museum, concert venue, and botanical center.

It had been my intention for years to visit Snug Harbor. And today it was finally set in motion. After a delay because of the missed ferry and the next ferry being delayed by almost 20 minutes due to the New York Bike Marathon, missing the bus on Staten Island, etc. I finally made my way. And walked around between the impressive but slightly decaying buildings and its nice hilly gardens.

More pictures below!

NJTProadcruiser says:
I almost went here today, but was sick. Did you check out the Chinese Scholars Garden? Its very nice.
Posted on: May 21, 2011
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The Greek style buildings
The Greek style buildings
Spring in Snug Harbor
Spring in Snug Harbor
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Leaving Manhattan, note how much …
The entrance gate to Snag Harbor
The entrance gate to Snag Harbor
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Some buildings need some maintena…
Some buildings need some maintenan…
Some buildings need some maintena…
Some buildings need some maintenan…
Some buildings need some maintena…
Spring in Snug Harbor
Spring in Snug Harbor
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On my way back the Staten Island …
Overview of Snug harbor in past ti…
Overview of Snug harbor in past t…
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photo by: chimiloca