NYC Other Boroughs Attractions

If you are looking for New York City attractions outside of Manhattan, check our our list some options located in the other four boroughs of The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

BRONX

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road
Bronx, NY 10464
718-885-1461
Official Web Site
Greek Revival-style country residence of NYC businessman Robert Bartow and family. Built in 1840. Adults $2.50, seniors/students $1.25, kids free. Open Sat., Sun., Wed.

Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10456-3999
718-681-6000
Official Web Site
A quick subway ride from Manhattan on the B, D, or #4 trains to Yankee Stadium/161 St. Contemporary art exhibitions of work by mostly emerging and unrecognizable artists. Museum cafe and shop. Closed Mon. and Tues. Free. Open until 9pm Wed.

Bronx Walk of Fame
161st St.
Bronx, NY
no phone
Official Web Site
Every Year, famous Bronxites come back home to receive the highest honor their borough bestows – induction to the Bronx Walk of Fame. At the ceremony, which is held during the Bronx Week Celebration, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión, Jr. unveils permanent street plaques on the famous Grand Concourse bearing the individuals’ names. The Walk of Fame begins at 161st Street. Here are the Bronxites inducted to the Bronx Walk of Fame.

Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Park
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10460
718-220-5100
Official Web Site
Welcome to the world's greatest zoo - the Bronx Zoo! As the flagship of the largest network of metropolitan zoos in the country, the Bronx Zoo is the heart of the Wildlife Conservation Society and our work to save wildlife and wild places around the globe. With award-winning, cutting-edge exhibits featuring over 4,000 animals, there is no other zoo in the world that offers the diversity, superb viewing, and world-renowned expertise that assures a rewarding experience and the knowledge that visitors can make a difference in the world around them.

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage
Kingsbridge Road & the Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10458
718-881-8900
Official Web Site
Edgar Allan Poe spent the last years of his life, from 1846 to 1849, in The Bronx at Poe Cottage, now located at Kingsbridge Road and the Grand Concourse. A small wooden farmhouse built about 1812, the cottage once commanded unobstructed vistas over the rolling Bronx hills to the shores of Long Island. It was a bucolic setting in which the great writer penned many of his most enduring poetical works, including “Annabel Lee,” “The Bells” and “Eureka.”

Fordham University Church
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
no phone
Official Web Site
The University Church was built in 1845 as a seminary chapel and parish church for surrounding farms. The University church was designed in 1846 by a man by the name of Rodrigue (who now has a student coffee house on campus under his name). It was built by the Rev. James Roosevelt Bailey, who was not only the third president of the college but was also the nephew of Saint Elizabeth Seton and cousin to Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt.

Maritime Industry Museum (at State Univ of NY)
6 Pennyfield Ave.
Bronx, NY 10465
718-409-7218
Official Web Site
A walk through the Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler brings with it a vivid presence of seafaring in both bygone years as well as today's present era. The exquisitely fashioned ship models, historic artifacts, nautical photographs and prints, and the host of corporate banners identifying exhibits of the respective steamship companies they represent gives the visitor a true sense of being at sea with those individuals who experienced life in the merchant marine or passenger cruise line industry

New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458
718-817-8700
Official Web Site
A grand museum of plants. A place to relax, rejuvenate, and experience the wonders of nature. A living “tip sheet” for your home garden. A worldwide leader in studying the Earth’s plant life. The New York Botanical Garden is all of these things and a great deal more. Founded in 1891, the Garden is one of the world’s great collections of plants, the region’s leading educational center for gardening and horticulture, and an international center for plant research. The Garden is alive with opportunities for discovery, from an “ecotour” of the world in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory to an innovative indoor/outdoor science museum for kids to 48 exquisite gardens and plant collections, all on a 250-acre National Historic Landmark site in New York City’s Bronx borough.

North Wind Undersea Institute
610 City Island Ave.
Bronx, NY 10464
718-885-0701
Official Web Site
North Wind was co-founded in 1976 by Michael Sandlofer and performer, Richie Havens, to educate young people about the plight of the environment. It is a hands-on Learning Center featuring The Undersea World of the Bronx exhibit. The Museum is temporarily closed.

Pelham Bay Park
City Island Road
Bronx, NY 10464
718-430-1890
Official Web Site
At over 2,700 acres, Pelham Bay Park is the city's largest park. Like many of New York City's parks, the land on which it sits has a long and intricate history. Many of the park's historic features remain observable to the modern park visitor. Pelham Bay Park has many significant environmental features. Its variety of habitats enables one to see a diversity of wildlife throughout the park.

Valentine-Varian House
3266 Bainbridge Ave.
Bronx, NY 10467
718-881-8900
Official Web Site
The Valentine-Varian House was built in 1758, when carriages traveled the nearby Boston Post Road through a Bronx that was still mostly farmland. The second oldest house in the borough stands today inside a wrought-iron fence in a small park in the Norwood neighborhood of north-central Bronx. The two-story fieldstone home was built by Isaac Valentine, a blacksmith and farmer who bought the parcel of land from the Dutch Reformed Church. The house then stood one block south across Bainbridge Avenue. During the Revolutionary War, Valentine and his family had to abandon their home, which was occupied by British, Hessian and American troops. Though close to several fierce battles with cannons clustered on a nearby hill, the house miraculously survived.

Van Cortlandt House Museum
Broadway @ 246th Street
Bronx, NY 10471
718-543-3344
Official Web Site
The Van Cortlandt House Museum is a private, non-profit institution founded in 1896 by the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York, a licensee of the City of New York. Van Cortlandt House was built in 1748 for Frederick Van Cortlandt and was the focal point of an expansive and prosperous wheat plantation. The interpretive period of the Museum House is from 1748 - 1823 when Frederick and his two eldest sons, James and Augustus, owned the property. The Museum collection contains Van Cortlandt family materials and furnishings appropriate to this interpretive period.

Wave Hill
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue
Bronx, NY 10471
718-549-3200
Official Web Site
Wave Hill maintains award-winning gardens and greenhouses; manages an urban woodland; provides environmental education for City children, teachers, and over 110,000 visitors annually; offers arts activities for children that strengthen environmental awareness; and presents exhibitions, concerts, lectures and workshops that examine the aesthetic response to nature.

BROOKLYN

Astroland Amusement Park
1000 Surf Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11224
718-372-0275
Official Web Site
The only real Coney Island experience is the smell of hot dogs, ocean air, and screams from the thrill rides at Astroland. Find over 10 games of skill, 3 Arcades, 2 Coney Island Style Restaurants. NYC largest amusement park, home of the world-famous Cyclone!. It first opened on June 26, 1927, the Cyclone has emerged as the outdoor amusement industry's most famous, most influential, and most copied individual ride.

Bedford-Stuyvesant Historic District
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Brooklyn, NY
no phone
Official Web Site
Take Duke Ellington's famous "A" train to Utica Avenue, and emerge in Brooklyn's largest African-American community, historic Bedford-Stuyvesant. Long, lovely rows of bay-fronted townhouses in the twelve-block Stuyvesant Heights Historic District look just as they did in the late 19th century, when the neighborhood was one of the city's most desirable. Your chance to peek inside some of the brownstones and meet their proud owners comes every October on the annual Bedford-Stuyvesant House Tour.

Brighton Beach
1121 Brighton Beach Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11235
no phone
Official Web Site
Brighton Beach is one of the last “old world” communities in New York City, serving immigrants since the early 1900's, when the first wave of European/Russian émigrés settled here. Today, it is still a community of émigrés - a neighborhood that encompasses people of almost every region of the world. Brighton Beach is one of the largest Russian communities in the United States. The area in southeast Brooklyn bordering Coney Island - is also known as "Little Odessa". 150,000 Soviet emigrants, mostly former inhabitants of Odessa, settled there in the last 25 years, having radically altered the face of that "old world" New York neighbourhood, once nicknamed "a retired poor man's Miami Beach".

Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
718-636-4100
Official Web Site
Dating from its first performance in 1861, BAM has grown into a thriving urban arts center that brings international performing arts and film to Brooklyn. The first BAM facility at 176-194 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights was originally conceived by the Philharmonic Society of Brooklyn as a home for its concerts. It housed a large theater seating 2,200, a smaller concert hall, dressing and chorus rooms, and a vast "baronial" kitchen. BAM presented both amateur and professional music and theater productions. Performers included Ellen Terry, Edwin Booth, Tomas Salvini, and Fritz Kreisler.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
718-623-7200
Official Web Site
Celebrate the seasons at New York City's natural wonder. 'The premier horticultural attraction in the region,' acclaims the NY Times. Fifty-two acres of display gardens, indoor conservatory, and events for all ages. A short subway ride away.

Brooklyn Brewery
79 North 11th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718-486-7422
Official Web Site
Located in the historic Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York, the Brooklyn Brewery is one of New York's first successful commercial breweries since Schaefer and Rheingold closed their doors in 1976. Opened in May 1996, the company's 70,000-square-foot brewery/warehouse complex includes the Tasting Room, a 300-seat facility that hosts community events, and the Brooklyn Brewery Company Store.

Brooklyn Bridge
East River
Brooklyn, NY
no phone
Official Web Site
Arguably the most influential bridge in American history, the Brooklyn Bridge remains one of New York City’s most celebrated architectural wonders. Designed by the brilliant engineer John Augustus Roebling (1806-1869) and completed by his equally ingenious son Washington Roebling (1837-1926), this elegant structure was, at the time of its completion in 1883, the longest suspension bridge in the world. It was the first bridge to be constructed using steel. The bridge links the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn which were once two separate cities

Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213
718-735-4402
Official Web Site
The world's first museum for children, founded in 1899. Permanent collection of 27,000 ethnological and natural history artifacts. Hands-on museum with interactive galleries focusing on science and culture. Special programs every hour. Rental space.

Brooklyn Heights
Brooklyn Heights
Brooklyn, NY
no phone
Official Web Site
Known to be Manhattan's "best" bedroom community, Brooklyn Heights has become a premiere tourist attraction. A visit to the Heights has become as much of a "must see" as a stop at the Empire State Building. Sunsets on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade rival a visit to Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. The Promenade's enchanting environs is drawing people to its varied architecture -- beautiful wood homes built by sailing captains, brownstone mansions, and carriage houses galore. The Fulton Ferry State Park, located directly underneath the Brooklyn Bridge, is set to become the linchpin of the new Brooklyn Bridge Park as its renovation is nearly complete. (click here for QTVR of the park and its view.). With plans underway for a massive park from the Manhattan Bridge to Atlantic Avenue, this area contains unused piers and land that could become a world class park with unparalleled views of lower Manhattan and the NY Harbor. The new pier at the foot of Cadman Plaza is a draw for both tourists and wedding parties.

Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Remsen and Orange Sts
Brooklyn, NY 11201
no phone
Official Web Site
The city is filled with amazing views, but few can top the ones from this scenic third-of-a-mile stretch along the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Postcard-like views of lower Manhattan, South Street Seaport, the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge draw photographers, couples on romantic walks, and New Yorkers who want an inspiring place to sit and think.

Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-222-4111 x241
Official Web Site
In October, the Brooklyn Historical Society reopened after four years of renovations. The National Historic Landmark building was originally built in 1881 by George Post as the Long Island Historical Society. Founded in 1863, the Brooklyn Historical Society, BHS, is a nationally renowned urban history center dedicated to the exploration and preservation of documents, artwork and artifacts representative of Brooklyn's diverse cultures past and present. BHS provides access to its unparalleled collection through extensive educational programs, exhibits, neighborhood history guides, community outreach and its distinctive Brooklyn Walks and Talks series.

Brooklyn Lyceum
225 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718-857-4816
Official Web Site
Eschewing the notion of Brooklyn as an artistic outer borough, founder Eric Richmond has transformed the mammoth 1910 bathhouse into a cultural/social locus that houses three theaters, the WYNK cafe/internet center, a garden and a gift shop. This large 4,000-square-foot performance area has played host to such performances as CirqueBoom's "The Circus of Vices and Virtues," Anthony Schwartzman's "Hunger Dreams," "Antony & Cleopatra" and "Polyphonic Spree."

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238
718-638-5000
Official Web Site
The Brooklyn Museum, housed in a 560,000-square-foot, Beaux-Arts building, is the second-largest art museum in New York City and one of the largest in the country. Its world-renowned permanent collections include more than one million objects, from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures. Only a 30-minute subway ride from midtown Manhattan, with its own newly renovated subway station, the Museum is part of a complex of nineteenth-century parks and gardens that also includes Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Prospect Park Zoo.

Chinatown
8th Avenue & 58th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11220
no phone
Official Web Site
Lesser known Chinese neighborhood among NYC boroughs.

Coney Island
Surf Ave. & Stillwell Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11223
no phone
Official Web Site
Coney Island is one of the best-known amusement parks in the US. It was with the coming of the NYC subway that this area became such a popular playground. Its 3.5 mile Boardwalk and sand beach is also famous as is the wooden Cyclone Rollercoaster (built in 1927) and the Wonder Wheel (built in 1920) both of which are NYC Landmarks. These are just some of the many rides and forms of entertainment for both kids and adults. On the corner of Surf And Stillwell Avenues is Nathan's Famous. Here is the site of the very first Nathan's which began as a nickel hot dog stand in 1916. As a matter of fact, there's a July 4th annual hot dog eating competition here. In 1999 our Mayor took part in welcoming the competitors to City Hall for their weighing in.

Doll and Toy Museum of NYC
610 Henry Street, Room 103
Brooklyn, NY 11231
718-243-0820
Official Web Site
This non-profit museum has a growing international collection. Rotating exhibits include doll restoration, 21st century African-American dolls, the history of the teddy bear, construction toys, and more. By appointment only.

Fort Hamilton

Brooklyn, NY 11252
718-630-4101
Official Web Site
Historic Fort Hamilton is located in the south western corner of Brooklyn, New York surrounded by the communities of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst. The cornerstone of this coastal defense fort was set in 1825 and the first garrison flag was raised in 1831. While many of the original structures are gone, some having yielded to the construction of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, part of the old fort remains on the grounds of the United States Army Fort Hamilton Garrison. Colonels Row, the Fort Hamilton Community Club, Lee House and the Harbor Defense Museum are on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic museum is located in the caponier of the old fort and is virtually untouched..

Harbor Defense Museum
Fort Hamilton Military Community
Brooklyn, NY 11252
718-630-4349
Official Web Site
The U.S. Army military museum is located in the caponier of the old fort on the grounds of the United States Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, NY, adjacent to the base of the Verrazano Bridge. Built between 1825-1831, the fort and the caponier have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The fort underwent several structural modifications in the following century as advances in weaponry required the upgrading of its defenses and urban progress crowded its position. Fortunately, the land side of the fort still retains much of its original character and the caponier (a miniature fort guarding the main fort's gate) is virtually untouched. The museum contains artifacts and exhibits that explain the history of the fort and its role in the defense of New York from invaders.

Jacques Torres Chocolate
66 Water Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-875-9772
Official Web Site
In December 2000, Jacques opened his own chocolate factory serving the wholesale and retail markets. Jacques Torres Chocolate, MrChocolate.com LLC specializes in fresh, hand-crafted chocolates that are free of preservatives and artificial flavors. Jacques has given new life to classic recipes. He uses state-of-the-art technology in his custom-designed chocolate factory. Jacques Torres Chocolate is located at 66 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 in the fashionable neighborhood of D.U.M.B.O. (down under the Manhattan bridge overpass).

Lefferts Homestead
Flatbush Ave. at Empire Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718-789-2822
Official Web Site
Lefferts Homestead in Prospect Park is one of the few surviving Dutch Colonial farmhouses in Brooklyn. Built for a prominent 18th-century Flatbush landowner, it was home to at least four generations of the Lefferts family. Today it is operated by the Prospect Park Alliance as a Children's Historic House Museum.

New York Aquarium
Surf Avenue & West 8th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11224
718-220-5100
Official Web Site
It is the only aquarium in New York City and is part of the largest network of metropolitan wildlife parks in the country. With exhibits featuring over 8,000 animals, the New York Aquarium offers diversity, superb viewing, and world-renowned scientific expertise that assures a rewarding experience and the knowledge that people can make a difference in the ocean world around them. Learn about animals living as far away as the Southwest coast of Africa and the Arctic to those found locally in our own Hudson River.

New York Transit Museum
Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY
718-694-1068
Official Web Site
The New York Transit Museum, one of the city’s leading cultural institutions is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. The Museum explores the development of the greater New York metropolitan region through the presentation of exhibitions, tours, educational programs and workshops dealing with the cultural, social and technological history of public transportation. Since its inception as a temporary exhibit in 1976, the Museum has grown in scope and popularity. The museum is housed in a historic 1936 IND subway station in Brooklyn Heights. Admission is by appointment only.

Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House Museum
5816 Clarendon Road
Brooklyn, NY 11203
718-629-5400
Official Web Site
Begun c. 1652, the Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House is New York City’s oldest structure and one of the oldest wooden frame houses in the country. It was the first site to be designated a Landmark upon the creation of the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1965 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968. Pieter Claesen emigrated from the Netherlands in 1637 as an indentured servant and through connections to Peter Stuyvesant, Director-General of New Netherlands, settled in what was then known as New Amersfoort in 1652. Successive generations of Wyckoffs farmed the land until 1901. His descendents donated the house to the City in 1969 and after an exhaustive restoration it opened as a museum in 1982.

Priska C. Juschka Fine Art
97 North 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718-782-4100
Official Web Site
Priska C. Juschka Fine Art provides a forum for young cutting-edge international artists to show new work in a range of media. The gallery's de-centralized location - Williamsburg, Brooklyn - encourages groundbreaking projects that addresses the evolving circuitry of visual exchange on both a global and local scale.

Prospect Park
95 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718-965-8951
Official Web Site
Prospect Park is a 526-acre urban oasis located in the heart of Brooklyn, New York City's most populous borough. The masterpiece of famed landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also designed Central Park, Prospect Park features the 90-acre Long Meadow , the 60-acre Lake and Brooklyn's only forest. The nation's first urban Audubon Center, the Prospect Park Zoo, and the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival are just a few of the cultural attractions that make their home here at the Park.

Prospect Park Audubon Center at the Boathouse
Lincoln Road & Ocean Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
718-287-3400
Official Web Site
The Prospect Park Audubon Center at the Boathouse is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to wildlife preservation and natural education, located inside an Historic New York City Landmark. Surrounded by interpretive nature trails in acres of carefully restored natural habitat, the Audubon Center also houses the Park's Visitor Center, with an information desk, a cafe and a gift shop.

Prospect Park Zoo
Flatbush & Ocean Avenues
Brooklyn, NY 11238
718-399-7339
Official Web Site
Prospect Park Zoo is home to nearly 400 animals of more than 80 species. Kids will be amazed by close-up views of some of the wild's most unusual animals. The Zoo is operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society, known throughout the world for its innovative ways of caring for animals while increasing visitor interaction. The exhibits feature animals in environments mirroring their natural habitats, so that kids can observe the animals up-close and personal. Exhibits include "World of Animals," where kids can meet prairie dogs and wallabies face-to-face. Other zoo residents include the cotton-topped tamarin, the hamadryas baboon, the red panda, and a vibrant band of birds, reptiles and amphibians. The Zoo presents special events like "Keeping Up with the Keepers" and "Boo at the Zoo" and educational programs for individuals and school groups. And, a visit to the zoo is a great bargain!

St. John's Episcopal Church
9818 Fort Hamilton Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11209
718-745-2377
Official Web Site
Finally finished in 1835, St. John's was built to serve the Episcopalian troops stationed at Fort Hamilton. Known as the "Church of the Generals". Among those who attended services here were General Robert E. Lee and General Thomes J. (Stonewall) Jackson.

Verrazano Narrows Bridge
Route 278
Brooklyn, NY
no phone
Official Web Site
When it opened in 1964, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was the world's longest suspension span. Today, its length is surpassed only by the Humber Bridge in England. The ends of the bridge are at historic Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn and Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island, both of which guarded New York Harbor at the Narrows for over a century. The bridge was named after Giovanni da Verrazano, who, in 1524, was the first European explorer to sail into New York Harbor. Its monumental 693 foot high towers are 1 5/8 inches farther apart at their tops than at their bases because the 4,260 foot distance between them made it necessary to compensate for the earth's curvature. Each tower weighs 27,000 tons and is held together with three million rivets and one million bolts. Seasonal contractions and expansions of the steel cables cause the double-decked roadway to be 12 feet lower in the summer than in the winter. Located at the mouth of upper New York Bay, the bridge not only connects Brooklyn with Staten Island but is also a major link in the interstate highway system, providing the shortest route between the middle Atlantic states and Long Island.

Waterfront Museum & Showboat Barge
699 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
718-624-4719
Official Web Site
The Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge #79 was built in 1914. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only floating wooden covered barge of its kind restored and ready to receive visitors. It functions as the home of the Hudson Waterfront Museum, a floating classroom, a showboat, and an art exhibition space.

QUEENS

Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355
718-886-3800
Official Web Site
Experience the beauty of Queens Botanical Garden (QBG), the place where people, plants, and cultures meet. Set on 39 acres in theheart of New York City's largest borough, the Garden is an oasis of green space serving our nations's most ethnically diverse county. More then 60 years after its birth as an exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair, QBG continues to welcome an international audience with rose, bee, herb, and perennial gardens, changing displays, and public programs accessible to all. QBG is just steps away from some of the finest ethnic restaurants in New York City and the cultural attractions of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, home of the 1939 and 1964 New York World's Fairs.

Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park, NY 11004
718-347-3276
Official Web Site
The Queens County Farm Museum's history dates back to 1697, it occupies New York City's largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland and is the only working historical farm in the City. The farm encompasses a 47-acre parcel that is the longest continuously farmed site in New York State. The site includes historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex, livestock, farm vehicles and implements, planting fields, an orchard and herb garden.

Queens Museum of Art
111th St & 49th Ave.
Queens, NY 11368
718-592-9700
Official Web Site
Exhibits of 20th-century art. Panoramas of New York City (world's largest architectural scale model) on extended view. Events. Gift shop. Closed Mon. Open to groups by appointment.

Queens Zoo/Wildlife Center
53-51 111th St
Queens, NY 11368
718-271-1500
Official Web Site
The Queens Zoo, a tribute to American animals, opened to the public on June 25, 1992. It was the second of three "city zoos" to be renovated and operated by Wildlife Conservation Society, through a partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Unlike the much older Central Park and Prospect Park zoos (which were renovated and reopened by WCS in 1988 and 1993, respectively), the Queens Zoo had only existed since 1968. That year, the "Flushing Meadows Zoo" opened on the grounds of the 1964 World's Fair. However, advances in zoo technology and animal management rapidly left the zoo in need of an update. The new zoo is the result of a $16 million reconstruction.

Shea Stadium
126th Street & Roosevelt Avenue
Queens, NY 11368
718-507-8499
Official Web Site
Shea Stadium opened on April 17, 1964 in Flushing Meadows, Queens as the New York Mets played the Pittsburgh Pirates before 48,736 fans. The $25.5 million stadium marked a new beginning for the young club that had played its first two years at the Polo Grounds. The stadium was originally to be called Flushing Meadow Park but was later named for the popular attorney, William A. Shea, who spearheaded the drive to bring National League baseball back to New York following the departure of the Dodgers and Giants in 1957. The architectural firm of Praeger-Kavanagh-Waterbury designed the stadium to be the first all-purpose facility capable of hosting baseball and football games, seating 55,300 for baseball and 60,000 for the New York Jets football team.

USTA National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadows- Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368
718-760-6200
Official Web Site
The USTA National Tennis Center (NTC) in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., the home of the US Open, is the world’s largest public tennis facility. The NTC is open to the public throughout the year, offering 33 outdoor and 9 indoor courts. Its centerpiece, Arthur Ashe Stadium, is widely recognized as one of the world’s greatest sports and entertainment venues.

Voelker Orth Museum
149-19 38th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354
718-359-6227
Official Web Site
Bird Sanctuary & Victorian Garden-Museum hours are Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

STATEN ISLAND

Alice Austen House Museum & Garden
2 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10305
718-816-4506
Official Web Site
Clear Comfort (a.k.a. The Alice Austen House) was built in 1690. In 1844 it was purchased by John Haggerty Austen, Alice Austen's grandfather. Alice Austen herself moved there as a young girl in the late1860's with her mother, Alice Cornell Austen, after the two were abandoned by Alice's father. She went on to spend most of her life there, until financial problems and illness forced her to move in 1945. In her absence, the house fell into disrepair until a group of concerned citizens saved it from demolition in the 1960's. The house successfully gained status as a historic landmark, and was restored in the mid 1980's. It currently serves as a museum of Alice Austen's life and times.

Blue Heron Park
267 Poillon Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10312
718-967-3542
Official Web Site
The 222 acre Blue Heron Park is home to wetland ponds, swamps, and streams which drain into the Raritan Bay. A naturalist is available to give guided walks at 12n and 4pm, Saturday and Sunday throughout the year.

High Rock Park
200 Nevada Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10306
718-667-2165
Official Web Site
High Rock Park contains five ponds and various wetlands, including Walker Pond and Loosestrife Swamp. There are also six walking trails, along which visitors can see stands of red maples, Highbush blueberries, and patches of skunk cabbage. Wood ducks, Great blue herons, and muskrats all make their homes here along with hawks, owls, migrating colorful warblers, woodpeckers, frogs and turtles. Visitors can also climb Mt. Moses, a 260-foot hill named for City builder and Parks Commissioner Robert Moses. The 360-degree panoramic view offered by the site is considered one of New York City’s most spectacular.

Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10306
718-351-1611
Official Web Site
Historic Richmond Town is New York City’s living history village and museum complex. Visitors can explore the diversity of the American experience, especially that of Staten Island and its neighboring communities, from the colonial period to the present. The village area occupies 25 acres of a 100-acre site with about 15 restored buildings, including homes and commercial and civic buildings, as well as a museum.

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
338 Lighthouse Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10306
718-987-3500
Official Web Site
The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art was founded in 1945 to encourage interest, study, and research in the art and culture of Tibet and the surrounding regions. To this end, the Museum collects art, books, and photographs, and makes them available to the public through exhibitions and educational programs. The Museum’s collection is housed in two fieldstone buildings designed to resemble a Himalayan mountain temple. Terraced meditation gardens and a lotus and fish pond add to the atmosphere of beauty and serenity. The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art is unique in displaying its art collection in a setting especially conducive to its understanding and enjoyment.

John A. Noble Museum for Maritime History
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-447-6490
Official Web Site
The $3.5 million renovation of Building D, the Noble Maritime Collection's home, was completed in 2000. After seven years of an extraordinary partnership between private citizens and government, what was a desolate building is now an exquisite home for one of the country's most significant maritime collections. Gracing the historic grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the Noble Maritime Collection is a major catalyst for further advancement of the site, for volunteerism to improve community life, and for the preservation and study of art and maritime history.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-448-2500
Official Web Site
One of New York City's most unexpected and extraordinary destinations is located on the north shore of Staten Island, just minutes from the Staten Island Ferry. Snug Harbor is a cultural center set within an 83-acre National Historic Landmark district containing the finest collection of Greek Revival buildings in the United States, plus Beaux Arts, Italianate and Victorian style architecture. Each building has individual merit, but the harmonious effect of twenty-six historic buildings set in acres of parkland is wholly remarkable. Snug Harbor exists today because of the tireless efforts of citizens to save it from destruction a generation ago, and then to transform the deteriorated buildings of a seamen's retirement home into a center for the arts.

Staten Island Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-273-8200
Official Web Site
A short ferry ride away from Manhattan's powerful downtown financial district sits one of New York City's best kept secrets, The Staten Island Botanical Garden. Nestled within the grounds of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, The Staten Island Botanical Garden with its Victorian charm and stately elegance is a "must visit" that should be on every tourists' list. Founded in 1977, The Staten Island Botanical Garden is constantly evolving. From its initial plantings of its English perennial border to its newest addition, the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, this institution is a cultural assimilation of gardens.

Staten Island Children's Museum
1000 Richmand Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-273-2060
Official Web Site
Housed in Staten Island's famous Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the Museum is a place where children of all ages can use their natural curiosity, creativity and imagination to explore many exciting aspects of the world around us. Since 1976 the Museum has given children the opportunity to enjoy a unique perspective on art, science and the humanities. Naturally, the Staten Island Children's Museum is a lot of fun.

Staten Island Zoo
614 Broadway
Staten Island, NY 10310
718-442-3101
Official Web Site
The Staten Island Zoo was opened in Barrett Park in 1936. Its primary focus was reptiles, especially snakes, and today the Zoo's Rattlesnake Collection remains one of the largest and most complete in the country. With a collection of North American mammals, a new Aquatic Exhibit, and a Children's Center with domestic animals to feed, the Staten Island Zoo offers a full day's enjoyment for individuals, families, and groups alike. In addition families should watch for the many education programs, workshops and events that are offered throughout the year.

The Greenbelt Nature Center
700 Rockland Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10306
718-351-3450
Official Web Site
The Greenbelt Nature Center is open from 11 am - 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, November through March. Located at the intersection of Brielle and Rockland avenues, the center, which is FREE and open to all, offers access to the hiking trail system, and a variety of programs and educational opportunities - including the state-of-the-art Richmond County Savings Foundation Exhibits. The center is closed on major holidays and on Easter. The opening of this long-awaited public facility, located on Rockland Avenue at the intersection of Brielle Avenue on Staten Island, fulfills a major part of the Greenbelt's Masterplan. The Masterplan, published by the Greenbelt Conservancy in 1991, describes a park for the 21st century that embodies respect for the Greenbelt's natural systems, sensitivity to its historic and cultural past, and a commitment to the needs of the community. The center is a hub for Greenbelt activities and programs. Visitors can obtain a trail map and access the Greenbelt's trail system, sign up for programs and activities, speak with a Greenbelt representative, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful wooded grounds.



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