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Living History

New York City’s only historic village is a collection of 28 landmarked buildings in a park-like setting. Visitors can stroll through this open-air museum and experience life from the 17th century until today. Go beyond and see the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, founded in 1945, the result of one woman’s passion for the ancient art and culture of Tibet. Pay a visit to Tibet, without a Sherpa!

 

Attractions:

Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Avenue 10306, (public tours: Wednesday – Friday at 1:30pm daily; Saturday and Sunday 1:30pm and 3:00pm)

Staten Island Range Lighthouse

“The Crimson Beech”

The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Avenue 10306, (Wednesday – Sunday 1-5 p.m.)

Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue 10314, (Tuesday – Sunday 11 -5p.m.)

 

Full Day Option 1

(includes: Historic Richmond Town, walk by of S.I. Range Lighthouse, & “The Crimson Beech,” and The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art)

Get on the boat at 11a.m. and arrive at the St. George Ferry Terminal. Take the S74 Bus at Ramp B to the Arthur Kill Road/Cemetery Gate 1 stop. Cross the street and follow Clarke Avenue until you find the visitor’s center on your left. (A big parking lot is in front and a white wooden fence encloses it). The public tour begins at 1:30p.m. If you arrive early, take a moment to gaze at the architecture and colonial village you are standing in. Historic Richmond Town has 28 buildings on its campus that predates to the 1600s. After the 1:30p.m. tour, have a staff member point you to Richmond Road. When you get to Richmond Road, make a right. A few minutes down the street, you will see Lighthouse Avenue. (This is a big hill and not recommended for the handicapped or those with health problems). As you walk up the hill, notice “The Crimson Beech” house on your left, an architectural piece constructed by esteemed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Further up the street on your left, take a photo of one of Staten Island’s lighthouses – 145 feet above sea level and built in the early 1900s. After the lighthouse, you will continue up the hill to The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art which will be on your right. This museum presents the art and culture of Tibet, featuring an extensive collection of items from Tibet, Nepal, Mongolia, and northern China. The museum also showcases its garden, also known as the Samadhi Garden. After the tour, take a taxi to New Dorp Lane and New Dorp Plaza for one of the many eateries Staten Island has to offer. After dinner, walk to the intersection of New Dorp Lane and New Dorp Plaza to get the train back to the St. George Ferry Terminal.     

 

Full Day Option 2 

(includes Staten Island Zoo, lunch at the Zoo’s café, and a brief walk to Clove Lakes Park – not traveling far from Martling Avenue)

Get on an early boat 9:30 a.m. and arrive at the St. George Ferry Terminal. (It is recommended to bring snacks and water for the trip to the Greenbelt Nature Center and during your hike.) Take the S62 Bus at Ramp A to Bradley Avenue to get to the Greenbelt Nature Center, which features a visitor’s center and many hiking trails. Transfer to the S57 bus, which will take you to the Brielle and Rockland Ave. stop. Cross the street at the light. There are six different trails you can take. Hike the Red Trail to get to the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art. On the Red Trail, you will hit Edinboro Road. Make a left on Edinboro Road and follow until you see the intersection of Terrace Ct. and Lighthouse Avenue. Make a right on Lighthouse Avenue and follow until you see the museum’s entrance on the right. After the tour, take a taxi to New Dorp Lane and New Dorp Plaza for one of the many eateries Staten Island has to offer. After dinner, walk to the intersection of New Dorp Lane and New Dorp Plaza to get the train back to the St.

 

Full Day Option 3

Get on an early boat 9:30 a.m. and arrive at the St. George Ferry Terminal. (It is recommended to bring snacks and water for the trip to the Greenbelt Nature Center and during your hike.) Take the S62 Bus at Ramp A to Bradley Avenue to get to the Greenbelt Nature Center, which features a visitor’s center and many hiking trails. Transfer to the S57 bus, which will take you to the Brielle and Rockland Ave. stop. Cross the street at the light. There are six different trails you can take. Hike the Red Trail to get to Historic Richmond Town, New York City’s only walking historic village. Stop for lunch at Casa Verde, which opens at 12p.m. After lunch, walk back to Historic Richmond Town’s visitor’s center for their public tour at 3p.m. After the tour, take a taxi to New Dorp Lane and New Dorp Plaza for one of the many eateries Staten Island has to offer. After dinner, walk to the intersection of New Dorp Lane and New Dorp Plaza to get the train back to the St. George Ferry Terminal.