4. Alice Austen House and Buono Beach (Staten Island)

Photo courtesy Alice Austen House by Floto + Warner, Clear Comfort, 2015,  © Floto + Warner

This historic house, parts of which date to the 1690s, was home to the early 20th century photographer Alice Austen, and today serves as a memorial to her prolific work. Just below the Alice Austen House lies Buono Beach, a popular fishing and recreational destination for residents of nearby Rosebank. There are great views of the Verrazano Bridge, beautiful at all times of the day.