Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade makes its way down Central Park West

Staten Island: Small Town New York

Finally we hop on the ferry and sail across the bay to Staten Island. (For those unfamiliar with Staten Island you can find a handy map of Staten Island at

We start off on the northern portion of the island in an area known as Snug Harbor in front of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

The historical area of Snug Harbor was originally built in 1833 as Sailor's Harbor settlement. In 1900, there were approximately 1000 residents, but the population dropped below 200 by the mid-1950s and fell to only 110 by the 1970s.

In 1976, the remaining residents had been relocated and the city had taken possession of the property. Officials designated several of the buildings as landmarks, and opened the area to public.

A quite side street in the neighborhood of New Brighton. With Queen Ann's and Victorian style homes lining the street the neighborhood feels more like a surburb rather than New York.

The Postcards Memorial completed in 2004 and designed by Masayuki Sono, was one of the first permanent memorials to pay tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in SC4. The iconic bridge is the longest bridge in the city with a span of over 5,000 feet. It was constructed in 1964 and connects Brooklyn to Staten Island.

More Staten Island next time.