STATEN ISLAND, NY – Although cocktails and crudités flowed freely at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden night this week, there was a lot more to the party than just food and drink.
Public Broadcasting’s “Treasures of New York: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden,” a film depicting a behind-the-scenes look at the beauty of Snug Harbor and its history, aired in the North Shore cultural crown jewel .
The documentary visits the magnificent campus which includes the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, which includes pavilions and a koi pond, the Music Hall, the second oldest venue of its kind in New York after Carnegie Hall, the Staten Island Museum, the Children’s Museum and the Noble Museum.
The film premiered in the New York metropolitan area on March 30 at 7:30 pm on WLIW21 and is streamed nationwide on wliw.org/treasures and the THIRTEEN Explore app.
Additional broadcasts in the New York metropolitan area include Sunday April 3 at 7pm on THIRTEEN and Friday April 22 at 8pm on the ALL ARTS TV Channel (Channel Schedule).
It will also air Thursday April 7 at 10:30 pm on NJ PBS or share it online at this link.
Before she died in February 2021. She served as executive director of the foundation.
“Treasures of New York: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden” features interviews with staff and board members including Martha Neighbors, vice president of development and external affairs, Susannah Abbate, director of Education & Engagement, Mark Lauria, president, board of directors, Anita Laremont, first vice president, board of directors), Alice Diamond, founding member of the board, and Brian Laline, executive editor, Staten Island Advance and secretary, board of directors.
Other interviews include visual artist and art activist Joyce Malerba Goldstein, Debi Rose, a former member of the North Shore Council, and historian Debbie-Ann Paige.
Treasures of New York explores New York’s cultural heritage by highlighting points of interest, distinguished institutions and prominent figures, including MoMA, The Jewish Museum, US Open, The Juilliard School, St. George Theater, American Museum of Natural History , The New-York Historical Society, Hearst Tower, and more. All episodes are now streaming on wliw.org/treasures and the THIRTEEN Explore app
As CEO of The WNET Group, Neil Shapiro oversees the operations of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and the NJ PBS network.
“The film took off when Brian Laline and Caroline Diamond Harrison met Channel 13’s Neil Shapiro and approached the late Staten Island Foundation’s Betsy Dubovsky, who agreed to fund $ 150,000 for the film,” noted the council chair. by Snug, Marco Lauria. “We hope the film puts us on the map in the three-state area and helps us with funding. This is an honor for us and very special indeed. And Kathy Connors, president of Friends of 13, was also influential in bringing the project to fruition. There is something for everyone in Snug Harbor.
“Today we share the treasure that is Snug Harbor,” said Jessica Baker Vodoor, the new president and CEO of Snug Harbor, before thanking a host of people for helping to support Snug Harbor, including New York City, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Corporate Partners who are members of Snug Harbor, especially during these troubled pandemic times.
“Thank you for your cooperation and for being here. This is an incredible gift from so many passionate people whose deep roots we celebrate tonight in this enchanting oasis on the water.
Neighbors, who served as interim CEO prior to Vodoor’s appointment, also acknowledged that deserving people helped bring the project to fruition. “Snug Harbor is a real gem in New York City. Thanks again to all of you. And thanks to Kathy Connors of Friends of Channel 13, Caroline Harrison, Brian Laline, Neil Shapiro and the St. George Theater who are here tonight. And special thanks to Betsy Dubovsky for the $ 150,000 gift from the Staten Island Foundation. That’s what it was about. “
Kathy Connors, president of Friends of THIRTEEN, explained: “The Friends of Thirteen adds its heartfelt congratulations to the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden as it joins the MoMa, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. George Theater and the New York City’s important cultural institutions such as “New York Treasury”. We at Friends of Thirteen commend this Emmy Award-winning documentary series for capturing and portraying the essence, history and significance of Snug Harbor and thank those in our Staten Island community who supported the project, including the Staten Island Foundation and Staten Island Family Advance.
ON THE PORTO SNUG
An 83-acre campus, Snug Harbor is dotted with lush lawns and towering trees, 23 19th-century buildings and 14 botanical gardens, a celebrated New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, the Richmond County Savings Foundation Tuscan Garden, and a two-acre urban farm. .
It houses the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, the Staten Island Museum, the Staten Island Children’s Museum, the Noble Maritime Collection, the Art Lab, the Children’s Harbor Montessori School and the Staten Island Conservatory of Music, as well as dozens of other small businesses, artists and musicians, tenants and renters.
Opened in 1833 as a refuge for retired and impoverished sailors, “Sailors’ Snug Harbor” was once a self-sufficient community that included dormitories, a farm, a power plant, a hospital, a music hall, and more.
In the early 1970s, local activists and artists convinced New York City to buy the property with the aim of creating a public cultural resource that everyone could enjoy. In 1975, the non-profit Snug Harbor Cultural Center was formed, which was saved from becoming a series of skyscrapers.
In July 1976, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, a cultural conservationist since she was a young girl, visited the grounds of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center with Thomas Schleier, then chairman of the board, historian Barnett Shepherd, and Alice Diamond, wife of Advance publisher Richard E. Diamond. .
Ms. Diamond and Norma D’Arrigo, an Advance Woman of Achievement and wife of the late surrogate Charles D’Arrigo, were many of the pioneers who stepped forward to save the former sailor’s port from becoming condominiums.
Today, Snug Harbor hosts festivals, such as the Juneteenth Freedom Festival and the NYC Winter Lantern Festival, and facilitates class trips, tours and other events.