SmartTRAVEL: Staten Island

From Scotland, we go back to England for Team India’s test tour, and bring you beauteous sights beyond cricketing fights

SmartTRAVEL:  Staten Island
What to SEE

Clove Lake Park

This public park is located in the neighborhood of Sunnyside. With valuable ecological assets, Clove Lakes Park has a rich natural history and a few remnants of the past. Chief among them are the park’s lakes and ponds, outcroppings of serpentine rocks, and Staten Island’s largest living thing, a three hundred year-old tulip tree. Stroll down trails and paddle on its bodies of water to appreciate its beauty.

St George Ferry Terminal

Since 1906, the Staten Island Ferry has been transporting commuters, sightseers, and visitors between Staten Island and Manhattan. Passing by the Statue of Liberty and Governors Island, the 25-minute free trip provides riders with postcard-perfect views of New York City’s greatest landmarks. A fleet of eight boats makes the rounds every day, rain or shine.

South Beach

Free concerts and fireworks are just two of the many reasons why South Beach is one of Staten Island’s most popular locales. There’s more to do than sunbathing and swimming. A fountain with six bronze dolphins features colourful lights that illuminate at night. And the Ocean Breeze fishing pier is huge—one of the largest in the City—and ideal for fishing or just enjoying the atmosphere.

Where to EAT

South Fin Grill

Located right on the boardwalk and just steps from South Beach, this seafood restaurant serves brunch, lunch and dinner, and the menus feature the best in fish fare: sushi, a raw bar and an array of fish cooked to your specifications. Try the coconut shrimp roll, crabcake sandwich or crispy calamari while seated in the outdoor dining area.

Where to SHOP

Staten Island Mall

The only indoor shopping mall in the borough, this is the largest retail centre on the island. It has 200 stores selling apparel, footwear, accessories, furniture, home decor, souvenirs and food items as well. Anchor tenants include JCPenney, Macy’s, and Sears.

THE PICK: Snug Harbor Cultural Centre

Visit art galleries, stroll beautiful gardens, sample the cultures of both Italy and China, and learn local maritime history. Built in 1883 as a retirement home for sailors, the 83-acre site features five landmarked Greek Revival buildings. Within their columned facades are museums and NYC’s second oldest concert hall.

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