The first European settlement started with a signed petition written in Dutch on August 22nd, 1661. Nineteen families of French, Belgian and Dutch descent started their community in what we now call South Beach. These people were looking for religious freedom and better economic opportunity.
Peter Stuyvesant surrendered "New Netherland", as it was called, to the English in September of 1664. It was renamed "New York" in honor of King Charles II's brother, James, the Duke of York. In 1683, Staten Island was renamed Richmond County for the Duke of Richmond, son of Charles the II.
Prior to these early European settlers, it was inhabited by the Lenape Indians.
The Empire State Building will be lit up in blue, orange and white to represent the colors of the Dutch, Belgian and French flags.
|Staten Island Advance photo|
To read more about my little borough, you can visit here.
|At the entrance to Snug Harbor|
|original cottages with ongoing repair|
There are 28 separate gardens; we spent some time in my favorite spot, the Tuscan Garden. There is also a Chinese Scholars' Garden, but that will be in a future post.
So none of you are disappointed, the Tuscan Garden does not contain magnificent flowers. I myself was surprised, and thought the lack of blooms was due to the oppressive heat, alternating with torrential rain! Instead, it is completely authentic and all about architectural structure and hedge work, not flowers.
|hedge work and hand positioned stones done by artisans from Italy|
|I'd love a pot like this in my backyard!|
The statue had no plaque, so I have named her "Toscana Giardina", which means Tuscan garden (sounds like a girl I went to school with!)
|Grille Room Restaurant on the grounds|
|How's the water? I dunno, you go first! No, why don't you!!|
|Come on in, guys, the water's fine!|
Then I was overly warm and tired, and more than ready for the pause that refreshes -- lunch! But that is part of another post.
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Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper
Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer
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