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New York City is home to numerous world-famous museums but if you need a break from classics like the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the MOMA, do check out some of the City’s smaller, off the beaten path museums. In the previous installment of this series, we rounded up unique house museums in the BronxManhattan and Queens. Today, we look at some gems on Staten Island.

1. Alice Austen House

Alice Austen House Museum Staten IslandSource: Wikicommons by Richard Arthur Norton

The Alice Austen House is a Dutch farmhouse constructed in the 1690s. In 1844, Alice’s grandfather, John Haggerty Austen, purchased the estate and renamed it Clear Comfort. He restored and renovated the house and landscaped its grounds. Alice grew up at Clear Comfort and it was there that she discovered her passion and talent for photography. In 1975, the City purchased the house and grounds. They were once again restored and opened to the public as a museum. Today, Clear Comfort is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York.

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  1. David S. Coston Reply

    The United States Navy is looking for a submarine “Alligator” circa approximately 1844 and the house related was owned by Martha J. Coston at 337 Bement St. and what do they have in common? Benjamin Franklin Coston a Philadelphian married, while she was at 14 or 16yrs of age and was an inventor, also worked for the United States Navy and because of an argument over the inventions the navy wanted for little or no money, he quit.

    He died in Boston and she left because the U.S. Government would not give full restitution for the American Civil War afterward, mostly because she was a woman and a Yankee. The house is were she late lived and before started a Business at 44 Hudson St. in Manhattan. Look for a book “Signal Success” by Martha J. Coston and her husband and me are of the same trait, but I had no one on my since birth and much damage, much lost.

    There is much that I have an never aloud to develop because of the actions of many. I’m 69 and only have 10yrs left. Some one sent me a letter “You see in pictures” so did Albert Einstein, see in large scale as I do over years and always alone and suffered much which caused it. Drawings and notes lost at 858 Jewett Ave ware my mother died, all left behind, I was restricted since birth and kept them secret. I have more and never much put on paper, for publish or constriction. I needed help for 69yrs and never got it.

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