Sailors' Snug Harbor station


 Sailors' Snug Harbor
Former Staten Island Railway station
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Station statistics
BoroughStaten Island
LocaleLivingston; Sailors' Snug Harbor
Coordinates40°38′43″N 74°06′06″W / 40.6453°N 74.1017°W / 40.6453; -74.1017 (Sailors' Snug Harbor station)Coordinates: 40°38′43″N 74°06′06″W / 40.6453°N 74.1017°W / 40.6453; -74.1017 (Sailors' Snug Harbor station)
LineSIR North Shore Branch
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedFebruary 23, 1886; 134 years ago (1886-02-23)
ClosedMarch 31, 1953; 67 years ago (1953-03-31)
Station succession
Next northLivingston
Next southNew Brighton

Sailors' Snug Harbor is a former station on the abandoned North Shore Branch of the Staten Island Railway.[1] It had two tracks and two side platforms. Located in the Livingston section of Staten Island north of Richmond Terrace, the station was approximately 1.2 miles (1.9 km) from Saint George Terminal.[2] It is at the northernmost end of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden.[3]


Early 20th century postcard

One track has become a short Greenway; the other is abandoned in place

The station opened on February 23, 1886.[4][5] The station was located on a wooden trestle on the shore of the Kill Van Kull on the edge of the island below street level. It was built with two slightly-staggered wooden high-level side platforms which could only fit one train car; the north Arlington-bound platform had direct access to the docks of the harbor. Exit stairs and the overpass to Richmond Terrace were located at the east end of the station.[6][5][7][8] The station was closed on March 31, 1953 along with all other stations on the North Shore Branch.[4][5]

Current status

While the platforms of the station have been removed, the two stairways leading down to the former station and dock, and the retaining wall between the stairways, inscribed as "Sailors Snug Harbor" still stand today. Another retaining wall inscribed as "S. S. Harbor" and ramp stand about 700 ft (200 m) west of here.[9] The northern of the two tracks has been taken up and the right-of-way between these two points paved for recreational use.[6]

Sailor's Snug Harbor is one of the stations to be returned to operation under the proposals for reactivation of the North Shore branch for rapid transit, light rail, or bus rapid transit service. It would be an events only stop serving the cultural center, or an alternative to reactivating the New Brighton station one stop east.[3][6]


  1. ^ "Staten Island Railway". Archived from the original on January 8, 2015.
  2. ^ Office of Diane J. Savino (2013). "State Senator Diane J. Savino's 2013 Staten Island Railway Rider Report" (PDF). New York State Senate. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "NYCT NORTH SHORE ALTERNATIVES ANALYSIS: Alternatives Analysis Report" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. August 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Leigh, Irvin; Matus, Paul (January 2002). "State Island Rapid Transit: The Essential History". The Third Rail Online. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Pitanza, Marc (2015). Staten Island Rapid Transit Images of Rail. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4671-2338-9.
  6. ^ a b c "North Shore Alternatives Analysis: Rail Alignment Drawings Arlington-St. George" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. September 2010. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  7. ^ "North Shore Alternatives Analysis: Public Meeting THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010 7:00 p.m." (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 22, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  8. ^ Minn, Michael (December 18, 2009). "History and Future of the North Shore Rail Line on Staten Island" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 1, 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  9. ^ "S.I.R.T. North Shore Line Page".