(exploring the island)
I am super excited to share with you the first ever
Yellow Tulip NYC collaboration!
The amazing Kristina Gershteyn from @Staten Island Lifestyle , has shared her top 5 places to check out near the Staten Island Ferry!! I even added a couple of my own suggestions. Six out of the seven places are within walking distance to the Ferry Terminal, and 1 is just a hop and a skip on a city bus away.
Here’s a rundown of each place above:
*Enoteca Maria- Featuring 2 kitchens, one serving Italian cuisine from their Nonna of Italy & the second serves a changing schedule of cuisine from Nonna’s of around the world. There is a calendar on their website with the cuisine schedule for the second kitchen.
*Beso Spanish Cusine- Spanish Tapas Bar & Restaurant in a warm & inviting atmosphere.
*St. George’s Theatre- Opened in 1929, it was originally intended to be part of the RKO Vaudeville Circuit, but was fitted to show films instead shortly before opening. It closed in 1978, and went through a series of owners and attemps at renovation/revival, but fortunately managed to escape the fate of the Flushing, NY RKO Keith’s Theatre. In 2004, a non-profit was created to save the theater & it is now a functioning live theatre!
(Interesting fact, the finale of the movie School of Rock was filmed here)
*Everything Goes Cafe- Books books and more books, cute bookshop cafe & even live music!
*Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden- For those interested in spending longer on Staten Island, you can take a 20 minute bus ride over to Snug Harbor & spend the day exploring the grounds. There is so much to see here: tours, gardens, architecture, art, and much much more ! It is free to enter the grounds, but some attractions have their own cost.
*Staten Island 9/11 Memorial- With the Manhattan Skyline in the background, this memorial frames where the Twin Towers once stood and beautifully reminds us of what this city lost 17 years ago & the resiliency of New Yorkers through the ability to rebuild. It now frames the Freedom Tower standing guard over New York City.
*National Lighthouse Museum- Everything you ever wanted to know about lighthouses! The Museum is 2,400 square feet, and is self-guided. Most visitors spend approximately 30min to 1hr on site.
I’d love to get your feedback when you visit any or all of these places!