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Head to an educational yet fun day out with the family to New York City's only remaining general interest museum- Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences. Located at 75 Stuyvesant Place, this museum was founded in 1881 by the city's environmental activists in hopes of preserving local history of the nation. Boasting an impressive collection of over a thousand specimens belonging to three categories namely: History Archive and Library, Natural Sciences and Fine Art, the museum offers an informative insight about local plants, animals, birds, insects and fine arts. Also known as the Mini Smithsonian, the museum attracts over 80,000 visitors every year. A must visit when in Staten Island!
There is no identity crisis here. One of New York's most popular entertainment venues, it is home to the minor league Staten Island Yankees, and hosts games for screaming, crazy fans regularly. A large picnic area, which is situated in the right field, is used judiciously by locals and tourists. Popular artists, such as the Beach Boys and Sugar Ray, have performed here to packed audiences. It also hosts a regular film series event geared towards children, where hits such as Shrek, Harry Potter and Spy Kids have been shown. If none of this is incentive enough, then simply come for the mesmerizing views of the Upper Bay.
Afro-American Historical and Cultural Society Museum started off to preserve the records of struggles of the African Americans. The museum has galleries where history lectures are delivered about the culture of the period. The museum has records of slave trade in New Jersey, artifacts, newspapers and photographs from the period. Tour around the library to find more facts about the African American community and be sure to visit the replicas created by the museum to represent the period's rooms, halls and kitchens.
Opened in 1929, St. George Theatre serves as an elegant venue in Staten Island for musical, comedy and theatrical events. Its Baroque-designed building was largely restored and repaired in 2004. The restored interiors are reminiscent of lavish 17th-century theaters and exhibit the best of Italian and Spanish Baroque styles. Magnificent chandeliers, gilded decor, velvet seats, and a large cantilevered balcony are its prominent features. This theater hosts a variety of cultural and educational events, including off-Broadway shows, rock concerts, children's plays, and film festivals. The yearly calendar features diverse acts such as Christmas plays, extravaganzas, women-oriented dramas, motivational talks, and comedy shows. The strategic seating arrangement of the theater ensures an unobstructed view of its august stage from every seat, while its climate control and sound systems are some of the best in the state. St. George Theatre's spellbinding interiors are a favorite for film shoots and architectural tours.
This early 20th-century, New York City landmark has been serving the city since it was built. The Staten Island Borough Hall was created by Carrere & Hastings, one of the reputed architect firms of that era and is perched on a hilltop. This bricked, French Renaissance structure has a gigantic French roof and is home to various civic offices including the borough president's. This magnificent, three story building features ornate rock trimming, beautiful murals depicting various events of the Staten Island's history, Doric pillars and a high clock tower. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
The Temple Emanu-El is located at Staten Island, New York. This synagogue was built in the year 1907 and was designed by Pelcher and Zobel. It has a Classical style of architecture with a pedimented front porch and golden domes. It got listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places on August 2, 2007.