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Published May 26th 2011
Staten Island is one of the least populated boroughs of New York City, but is the third largest in area and is separated from the rest of New York by New York Bay. It is located in the southwest part of the city.
On Staten Island is the Snug Harbor Cultural Center; the center is housed in a restored 19th century retired seaman's home. It is considered to be one of New York City's most historical landmarks and unique architectural building. The gardens are home to some of the oldest Norwegian maples and Austrian pines in the northeast.
The gardens are open Tuesday through Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6pm from March 15 until November 5. From November 6 until March 14 hours of operation are 8am to 4:30pm Tuesday through Friday and 10am to 4:30pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the Gardens is free.
Historic Richmond Town is a great way to spend an entire day. This town is known as New York City's living history and museum complex. The area contains a 350 old home considered to be one of the oldest in the country. Also of interest is the Richmond Town cemetery. One of the tombstones bears the name "Ichabod Crane", the main character of the book "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". There is much discussion as to whether this was the inspiration for the character.
The Staten Island Zoo is not only a place to view wild animals from around the world but is also one of the best "teaching zoos" in the country. Visitors are informed in detail about each exhibit and there is an attendant near the exhibits to answer any questions. At times during the day there is a chance to pet, hold and feed certain animals. The zoo is open daily year round from 10am until 4:45pm.
One of the most solemn places on Staten Island is the September 11 memorial. Many of the people who lost their lives that day lived on Staten Island and a memorial has been built in remembrance of them. .
The Verrazano Narrows Bridge connects Brooklyn to Staten Island and is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. Fort Hamilton at the Brooklyn end and Fort Wadsworth at the Staten Island end guarded New York Harbor at the narrows for more than 100 years.