Staten Island Day Trip

New York Chinese Scholar's Garden

Attraction | Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island; (718) 448-2500

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New York Chinese Scholar's Garden

From the day trip trip Spend a Zen Day on Staten Island

Lots of gardens claim to be contemplative. This one actually succeeds. And in a pretty unexpected place, too, given this, the country's first Chinese garden of its kind, is incongruously located at Snug Harbor, an imposing 19th-century preserve originally built for retired seamen (and which is, incidentally, also worth exploring while you're out here). Expect winged rooftops, dramatic architectural cut-outs, a calming koi pond, and such an expert use of space, it's hard to believe it's all packed into one single, solitary acre. It's also located out the back door of a ramshackle cottage, which makes getting here feel a lot like entering a Ming Dynasty version of Narnia. $5; www.snug-harbor.org


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