Although the locals sometimes refer to it as The Forgotten Borough, there’s a lot to remember about the greenest part of NYC
. With charming and scenic views, Staten Island is severely underrated. The triangular shaped island is home to a variety of charming neighborhoods, cultural institutions, and plenty of restaurants. Here are our picks of the top ten best things to do on Staten Island
St. George's Theater
You can visit this historic theater by walking just steps away from the St. George Ferry Terminal
. With its original décor now all restored, the St. George Theater contributes and provides community outreach, many educational programs, and public performances. The theater has hosted a plethora of performances by both local and famous musicians and comedians, all while feeling like you’re stepping through the 1920s all over again.
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
History Museum, Art Museum
If you’re looking to see something that catches your eye, the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
is the right place to visit. The beautiful museum has preserved artifacts and replicates the monasteries of Tibet all while giving visitors a look into the world of the Himalayas. The museum also presents the art and culture of Tibet by Jacques Marchais. It is the only place in the USA to do just this in the artist’s memory and to help close the gap between the world and Tibet.
The Richmond County Bank Ballpark
This ballpark is the highlight of any baseball fan’s day – it hosts the Staten Island Yankees, a minor league baseball team with a huge following in NYC, and both seats and food are inexpensive. If you’re looking for a day out watching America’s favorite pastime, this is definitely it, with great seating locations and a vast amount of parking on game days. Pre-game, in-game, and post-game experiences are also offered and involves the whole family, so this is a great thing to do for the whole family.
The Flagship Brewing Company
No children with you? Good feeling, huh? A visit to this brewery is a must. Also located in the North Shore of Staten Island, The Flagship Brewing Company is the only brewery here and was started up by a few locals avid on their share of beer. It is a great place for a casual tasting, book signings and readings, and local musicians to share their talents, so check their calendar for any interesting events before you come through. Earthy atmosphere, good company, and better beer – not much more you can ask for.
Historic Richmond Town
If you love history just as much as Staten Island does, a trip to the middle of the borough is a must. Historic Richmond Town
celebrates authentic and enriching history in which the experience of 17th
century America is presented through a variety of artifacts, books, concerts and events that the site hosts.
If cars aren’t exactly your thing, maybe things made out of metal scrap from cars is? No, but really. These sculptures by Lenny Prince at Lenny’s Creations
are made of raw metal as he twists and bends to make them as big or small as he wants, and include a variety of original art pieces that resemble insects, animals, celebrities, and even a US president. Prince has been displaying his custom pieces for the past four years, and this unique museum also has nifty gifts for friends and family back home.
There’s just something that people love about comics, and it never gets old. There’s a place for everybody at Hypno-Tronic Comics
, from vintage toy collectibles to new pieces of modern-day comics. This customer-friendly place has all you need for the geeks, the nerds, the smart, the wise and is appealing to the eyes when first stepping in. Its colorful atmosphere makes it a great place to add on to an already growing collection or for starting one.
Staten Island Mall
Not surprisingly, other boroughs besides Manhattan are much more accommodating to large malls, and the Staten Island Mall off the southern tip of the city is no exception. Along with all the stores you could ever want, this mall also has a wonderful greenmarket where you can shop for produce.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach
extends about 2.5 miles off the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, with scenic views of the waterfront and the Verrazzano Bridge. South Fin Grill Restaurant is located there, with ample picnic dining areas, bike riding lanes, and a few delis. It is a pretty place to relax after a long day to watch the sunset and unwind, and a great place to come in the summer for the public beach.
South Fin Grill Restaurant
Restaurant, American, Seafood, $$$
A spacious and upscale restaurant located right on the boardwalk of Staten Island, South Fin Grill
offers a large variety of seafood options. Special performances and private events are also held here. With outdoor dining also available, this restaurant is perfect for a cool summer night out with a special someone, and it could make it even more special.