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The Edison Memorial Tower and Museum offers an insight into the life and works of science genius, Thomas Alva Edison. As an ode to his remarkable contribution to the field, this tower museum is built on the very site of his original work laboratory. It houses a great collection of articles, books and photographs on his inventions, as well as family memorabilia. Learn about the mechanism of the phonograph, the electrical distribution and the carbon button transmitter, among over 400 of his patents. A gigantic symbolic representation of his iconic invention, the light bulb, makes its way to the top of the tower. In addition, this museum features on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Kreischer House on Charleston, Staten Island has an interesting story behind it. The historic home, was constructed by German brick-maker Balthasar Kreischer in 1885. This two-storied Late Victorian style mansion is quite irregularly shaped with chimneys and turret protruding from the main structure. The 14 room mansion was converted into a restaurant in 1996. However, it is more well known for being the scene of many tragic killings and is supposedly haunted.
An ecologically rich locale, Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve is a mosaic of diverse landscapes which make for exciting explorations. Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy traversing the wilderness where the woods are alive with birdsong and where wetlands intersperse towering trees. Hiking excursions yield other remarkable natural elements such as ponds and intermittent streams. Keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife which thrives here and the carpet of wildflowers that drapes the forest floor. Birdwatching is another favorite pastime here.