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Founded in 1801 as a three building haven for retired sailors, Snug Harbor grew over the 19th Century into one of the New York area’s largest organizations, with over 50 structures and over 900 residents from all over the world. Since its rebirth in 1985 as the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and after many years of restoration and development, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden honors and preserves its historical roots while serving as a vibrant regional arts center.
Snug Harbor’s 83-acre property on Staten Island features 26 Greek Revival, Beaux Arts, Italianate and Victorian style buildings, along with several unique outdoor spaces, including a traditional Chinese garden, a Tuscan garden, a vineyard and an outdoor fully electrified and covered stage with seating for 4,000. One of several Greek Revival buildings, Snug Harbor’s 680-seat Music Hall is New York City’s second oldest music hall and the centerpiece for the performing arts at Snug Harbor.
The entire campus includes 26 buildings containing 380,000 square feet of space, 4 miles of underground utilities, 2.5 miles of sidewalks, and 220 parking spaces. In addition to Snug Harbor’s own programs, its campus houses five separate major nonprofit institutions and receives about 450,000 visitors per year.
Snug Harbor looks toward the future with the mission of creating a world-class cultural complex, modeled on the Smithsonian Institution, “that fosters both artistic excellence and a spirit of community.” In support of their vision of Snug Harbor as a must-see destination that provides arts, education, and entertainment to the people of Staten Island and its surrounding communities, Snug Harbor’s board has adopted several initiatives. These include creating an environment that attracts first-class artists and a diverse audience, communicating Snug Harbor’s maritime heritage, increasing programming and outreach that integrates humanities into everyday life, and adapting and preserving Snug Harbor’s buildings and architectural heritage for public use.