This first video in the series features a walking tour of the Serpentine Art and Nature Commons. Located on van Duzer Street in Stapleton Heights, the Art and Nature Commons is a land trust non-profit, currently run by John Garcia. We previously interviewed John Garcia about this park and other topics. You can see that original article here.
This public space offers breathtaking scenic views of the Verrazzanno Bridge, the community surrounding the commons, and parts of Brooklyn and New York City.
This parkland is well-hidden, and most Staten Islanders do not know of its existence. It will offer community events, and provides a compost pile that the community can contribute to (diverting garbage from landfills is a great way to reduce your personal pollution footprint). It is a public space, with well-marked trails for hiking, and much of the hike is uphill.
It is a peaceful and tranquil place, essentially in the middle of a bustling city on Staten Island. The ancient serpentine rocks add to its charm, and one could sit or hike for hours in this pristine area.
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