Cast sculptures by sculptor Will Corwin | Staten Island Arts via Facebook
Located at the St. George Ferry Terminal is a 2,500 square-foot lounge, dedicated solely for the showcasing and promotion of art in Staten Island. The Staten Island Culture lounge, part of the Staten Island Arts Organization, is an art space where we have seen the work of many local Staten Island artists. The idea behind the lounge is to give the thousands of people who hop off the ferry every day from Manhattan an opportunity to view the arts and culture of Staten Island.
How to get there: The Staten Island Culture Lounge is located inside the St. George Ferry Terminal, accessible by the Staten Island Ferry. You can take a number of buses or the SIRR toward St. George, and your final destination will be the Staten Island Ferry for both.
If you are driving from Manhattan, get on I-478 S. Follow I-478 S, to I-278 W, across the Verrazano Bridge (driving route from Brooklyn too) to Lily Pond Ave in Staten Island. Take the exit toward Bay Street from the bridge, then take Bay Street to Ferry Terminal Viaduct. The trip from lower Manhattan is about 50 minutes and has tolls.
Drawing From Memory exhibition | Staten Island Arts via Facebook
What to do: The Lounge is the country’s only artist space inside a commuter area. Here you’ll see exhibits put on by visual artists, poets, musicians, writers, and performers. Be sure to check their current exhibition to plan your visit. Each exhibition runs for two months, and their openings often feature performances by local Staten Island bands.
Artist market at the Lounge | Staten Island Arts via Facebook
In addition to the Lounge, there is a 400-square-foot artists market, where local artists can sell prints, original works, and more. Art sales are split 50/50; half to the Staten Island Arts Organization, the other half to the artists themselves.
A redesigned shop and a new exhibition | Staten Island Arts via Facebook
What to do after: The area around the Staten Island Ferry has an exciting future: years from now it will include the world’s tallest ferris wheel — New York Wheel — as well as Empire Outlets, a 350,000-square-foot high-end retail outlet with restaurants, cafes, a banquet facility, and a 200-room hotel.
In the meantime, check out our neighborhood guide with recommended spots in St. George. If your visit is between April and December, visit the St. George Greenmarket for some seasonal, local foods. You can also see a show at the St. George Theatre or a Staten Island Yankees game.
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