I have a passion for pink houses. Whenever I see a pink house, I stop and take a photo.
Located on the grounds of Sea View Community Center, the Sea View Playwright’s Theatre offers classic and contemporary plays. Its architecture transports me to the English cottages described in the Victorian style, with just a touch of a hobbit house too.
This large French villa, which sits atop Grymes Hill, is one of the most impressive houses on Staten island. It has views of the entire New York Harbor. You can see the Verrazano Narrows Bridge peeking through in the background.
Staten Island even has pink condos along the Great Hills waterfront. Boat lovers have the marina too.
Finally, a very charming Colonial located in Livingston, Staten Island near Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens.
As you can see, Staten Island represents a diversity of architectural styles, but what most attracts my eye, is a pink house.
Fort Wadsworth, a military base that was active for 200 hundred years (1783 – 1994) is now part of the National Park Service’s Gateway National Recreation Area. Its 226 acres include the old remains of the Forts themselves as well as park areas, beach, wooded areas, wildlife, and modern housing. The Verrazano Narrows Bridge, which spans the Narrows, extends over the Fort and seems almost within touching distance.
The original Fort still stands, although Battery Weed and Fort Tompkins are the only buildings where interior tours of the concrete and stone artillery batteries can be arranged. The old slitted gunnery windows overlooking the Narrows, and the labyrinth of tunnels, artillery, and powder rooms give a bleak, somber perspective of the lives of soldiers guarding New York Harbor.
Who knew Staten Island had so much culture, art, history and architecture? These blog posts will feature some of the many tens of thousands of photos I have taken of this island over the past 5 years. The book is an ongoing personal adventure. It is a book in search of a publisher.
Walking on the sand at South Beach Staten Island, you may come across a white curtained canopy being set up for a wedding. You might even witness the ceremony. South Beach, located a few blocks from the Verrazano Bridge has clear views of the Bridge, the Atlantic Ocean, the borough of Brooklyn and New Jersey. People can picnic, jog, roller skate, bicycle, play softball and bocci ball, or just stroll across the long boardwalk and take a break for some shade under the gazebo.