I first discovered the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in 2009 when I ventured into Staten Island via the State Island Ferry with my young children. Our goal was to find the Staten Island Children’s Museum but in the process came across a beautiful area past an arch stone entry that united the tall iron fences on both sides in which it was enclosed.
Snug Harbor is an incredibly beautiful place even when I discovered it in the winter months. In the warmer seasons when the maple trees are in full bloom, hovering over the grounds with the Austrian pines, it is just breathtaking. Even my little ones at the time stood in silence as we looked at the Greek Revival building in front of us. The sense of something historic was intense, and I loved that it happens to also be the home to the Staten Island Museum, The Noble Maritime Collection, and The Art Lab, a school of fine and applied art founded in 1975 by professional artists.
The Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor is another wonderful NYC Landmark among 40 landmarked buildings in New York City are competing for restoration grants totaling $3 million from Partners in Preservation sponsored by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Community members and supporters can vote once a day till May 21, 2012.
You can vote for the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor every day, once a day, at: http://partnersinpreservation.com/
Disclosure: I have partnered up with Partners in Preservation as a blog ambassador to help spread the word and raise awareness of select historical sites throughout the tri-state area. Though I am compensated for my time, I have not been instructed to express any particular point of view. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own. I am proud to be a part of something so significant and so important to the preservation of the history of my home.