February 10, 2010

A visit to Staten Island

On Monday morning, I drove from my home in Bedford to Staten Island, one of the five boroughs of New York City.  It's funny, but it had been many, many years since I stepped foot on Staten Island.  It just never occurred to me to go there.  The reason for the journey was to be part of a new television commercial for Macy's.  It was decided that the shoot take place at the Sailor's Snug Harbor, located on the north shore of Staten Island.  Snug Harbor is a collection of architecturally significant 19th century buildings, once used as a home for aged sailors.  Those buildings, part of an 83-acre property, are considered to be the finest example of Greek revival architecture in America.  For more than thirty years, efforts have been made to restore and develop this enclave into the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden.  It's quite a very interesting place to visit and I plan on returning in the spring.