A Shout Out to NYC’s Smallest Borough at the Staten Island Museum

A Shout Out to NYC’s Smallest Borough at the Staten Island Museum

Everyone has heard of Staten Island, NYC’s smallest borough—a mostly residential area teeming with family homes and accessible by the famed (and free) Staten Island Ferry. But, did you know the island is home to a minor league baseball team—specifically, the Staten Island Yankees? How about the fact that tons of award-winning movies have been filmed in the community, including scenes from The Godfather? I’m almost positive you didn’t know that the world’s largest Ferris wheel is slated to open in the district—a hop, skip and a jump from a sprawling new shopping complex that’s also in the works. And, I will bet you a dollar you weren’t aware that the area is steeped in rich history.

Speaking of the borough’s history, you can find out all about it and more at the Staten Island Museum in St. George. And, on September 19, the Museum will expand its home with the grand opening of an additional location at historic Snug Harbor.

What to Expect at the Staten Island Museum’s New Location
In the new location, inaugural exhibitions will include: Staten Island SEEN, which will trace the borough’s unique history and landscape from the 17th century to the present—including works by contemporary artists as well as masters of the Hudson River School movement, a few of which were borough natives; Remember the Mastodon, a Richmond County Savings Foundation Signature Exhibition, which will explore the hard facts of extinction, the wonder of enduring species, the importance of bio-diversity and the challenge of preservation—plus, fossils, lost bird species, and a full-size replica of a Mastodon emerging through the wall will be on display; Opening the Treasure Box: Bringing the World Home, which will present art objects spanning 5,000 years of artistic endeavor gathered from five continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America; and From Farm to City, a Richmond County Savings Foundation Legacy Exhibition, which will give visitors an all-encompassing glimpse into Staten Island’s unique past, people and themes that define the Island throughout history using images and historic documents, audio interviews and digital collections.

What You Can Check Out Now in St. George
Those that can’t wait until September to see the new exhibitions can still find plenty of worthwhile exhibits in the St. George location, including The Civil War Pinhole Project, Photographs by Michael Falco. On view thru April 2016, the exhibition presents a selection of prints that depict the photographer’s battlefield-to-battlefield journey retracing the tracks of the American Civil War. For more on permanent exhibits, click here.

Mark Your Calendars
Again, make sure to stop by the new Snug Harbor location on September 19th, as the day will be filled with activities, including free admission, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, lawn games, food, live music, crafts for kids and more. There will also be plenty to do on September 20. For more info, click here.

Pictured:
View Of Upper Bay
James Edward Buttersworth (1817 - 1894)
American, c. 1860-1870
Oil on panel
A1961.9.1
Museum purchase with the assistance of Henry Schnackenberg

Comments

Ms. Mackenzie Allison
With all due respect please notice that Staten Island in NOT the smallest, unless your map of reference is the MTA subway maps ... S.I. is almost 2,5 times bigger than Manhattan. Of course the highlight of your article is the museum and cultural life, but we all have to be accurate. Thanks!

ONce you take the time to get to know all that Staten Island has to offer you will love it and wont think of it as the borough with the dump!! That's old news come explore- but don't move here-- we have enough people already

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