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Memorable Architecture & Hospitality in Stapleton Heights

Photo by Ron Rice

Last Saturday’s walking tour of Stapleton Heights, lead by architectural historian Justin Ferate, began with a ride on the Staten Island Ferry and ended with  brown bag lunches and cold drinks in the garden of Belgian journalist Jacqueline Goossens.  The tour featured  expansive views of the Harbor, a walk through a  landmarked historic district.

The tour also included interior visits to two of New York’s most notable houses: the c. 1835 Ward-Nixon Mansion, long hidden from public view, and the exuberant 1888 house built by beer baron George Bechtel as a wedding gift for his daughter.

(c) Photo by Ron Rice