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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.
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!