FALL in love with Staten Island this season!

School has started and the leaves are changing so it’s time to plan to fall festivities! Staten Island is SO ready to show you how we do fall – with pumpkin picking, festivals, outdoor adventures, and more – it’ll be hard to choose just one!
Here are the Staten Island recommendations of the “77 UNIQUE WAYS TO EXPLORE NEW YORK CITY IN FALL” from our friends at NYC Photo Journeys. We also included a few save the dates for the kids to pick their pumpkins – it’s never too early to start! (Remember to click on the links for more information.) 7. Discover another kind of farm living. “…..Then, there’s Decker Farm in Staten Island’s Historic Richmond Town, the oldest continuously operating small farm in New York City, where you can pick pumpkins, tour the 200-year-old grounds, see farm animals and enjoy hayrides.” 10. Admire architecture via Open House New York. (this includes many Staten Island locations!) “Every October, Open House New York provides access to participating architectural sites of all types throughout the five boroughs — with a good number of them usually not open to the general public. Check their website for a complete schedule and information on sites requiring advanced reservations.” 23. Hike along Staten Island’s Greenbelt.  “This 2,800-acre nature preserve has six hiking trails for various abilities and four woodland trails permitting bikes and motorized vehicles. Pro tip: Grab a map from the Greenbelt Nature Center.” 27. Visit apparently haunted mansions. “On Staten Island, Historic Richmond Town is the site of paranormal investigations in September and October; hear stories about the island borough’s haunted locations.” (Don’t forget about the ghost tours at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden – see their spooky set of tours here!) 49. Hop on the Staten Island Ferry. “Along with enjoying a free roundtrip ride, a ride on the Staten Island Ferry provides a different take on New York City’s fall foliage by boat. Leaving from terminals in Lower Manhattan and Staten Island, you’ll see views of Battery Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park along with trees rooted along Staten Island, Liberty and Ellis islands, and Governors Island.” 59. Tour the grounds of Snug Harbor. “On Staten Island in November, the staff at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden conducts fall foliage tours leading into its pond garden and the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden. During October, there are ghost-themed tours of the property that was once a retirement home for sailors. Another neat find: Produce grown at its 2.5-acre Heritage Farm is sold at the Saint George Greenmarket at St. Mark’s Place and Hyatt Street.” 64. Head to historic military forts. “Then there is Fort Wadsworth, constructed by the British troops on Staten Island, who held their ground here during the American Revolutionary War.” 70. See street art. “Once an illegal nuisance, street art has grown into a respected medium fostering partnerships between artists and community leaders and business owners. The 100 Gates Project started on the Lower East Side through agreed-on street art murals painted on storefront security roll-down gates. The project now includes works done in East Harlem, North Shore Staten Island, Manhattan’s East Village and Brooklyn’s Little Caribbean, aka Flatbush.”


Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm Happens every Saturday from October 5th to October 26th Harvest season at Historic Richmond Town’s Decker Farm is fun for the entire family! Pick a pumpkin to take home, enjoy an old-fashioned hayride, corn maze, arts and crafts, face-painting and all of your favorite autumnal activities! Annual Pumpkin Festival October 5th, 12p.m. Save the date for the Greenbelt’s annual pumpkin festival where the prettiest pumpkins prevail in our patch! Please note that the Carousel will close the following weekend on Columbus Day, Monday, October 14. Cathy’s Halloween FUN…ANZA October 6th, 12p.m. Fall Festival & Halloween Event including a Haunted Kitchen – Children’s seasonal craft activities & games, Pumpkin Patch, face painting, costume parade and more. Fun for the whole family!
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