Snug Harbor, Staten Island

The stars aligned and I finally got to visit Snug Harbor, a 19th century compound of buildings originally used for housing elderly sailors. So neat and weird.

All of the buildings are now a part of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden but maintain loads of quirky, ramshackled charm, peeling paint and all.

An haunted house, painted pastel. The door's even creepily open......

Yellow conehead flowers are so sweet and modest, I wish I could plant fields of them.

A sailboat peeking out of a window.

A little greenhouse, wild as can be.

The outbuildings are so beautiful and lonely, all with swirling old glass windows.

These nurses quarters are everything I could ever want in a little home.

The landscaping is beautiful and elegant without being too pristine. I felt like I was in Alice in Wonderland, going down the rabbit hole.

It's so wonderful this place exists in reality, let alone a short ferry ride away, I think I've found my new favorite New York hideaway.


  1. Ishmael in the gift shopFriday, October 03, 2008

    Let this post ring loud
    for on forgotten sailor's proud

    Now attend a dance
    in a chapel set away
    from youthful seaward romance.

    I won't forget that day
    or crowded ferry's way;

    The breeze in your hair
    I remember,
    fortune brings me close to that

  2. I love the arched windows in the second picture, and the ironwork balcony.

  3. oh wow! this place looks amazing! your photos of it are so lovely too!