We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Now on 83 acres with some imperfectly-maintained gardens, the place has little use. It would make a fine campus. We had dinner with friends last night who love to explore the more obscure corners of NYC. They found the place to be fascinating, but Staten Island itself not so much.
The botanical gardens at Snug Harbor are very small and compact, but quite well planned and maintained; in my opinion, better than Brooklyn Botanical Gardens or Bronx, which are spread out too much.
If you get the chance, also visit Clove Lakes Park, it has a stream with waterfalls, & remains of mill ponds. Lovely mile long walk in the woods from Victory Blvd down to Forest Ave, not usually crowded.
Egrets, herons, red-winged blackbirds, bats, snapping turtles.
Unfortunately, Staten Island is otherwise a blight on the east coast of the US. Glad I moved to Brooklyn.