The Natural History Museum

Founded in 1881, New York City’s only general interest museum explores the arts, natural sciences, and local history through permanent and changing exhibitions and welcomes over 65,000 adults and school children to a comprehensive array of programs. Located just two blocks from the Ferry Terminal, visitors can embark on a voyage through time in the┬áStaten Island Ferry exhibit, get close to exotic insects, see rocks glow in the dark along with oddities in the Hall of Natural Sciences and experience the life of┬áStaten Island’s first inhabitants, the Lenape. I know this fantastic museum well; I had a solo art exhibit there. – CvB

Square footage: 4,000 interior, with a pretty, small park-like fenced-in garden.

Amenities/Details:

  • The props and furniture in the pictures may be available for use, the art may require special clearances and restrictions
  • Parking on the grounds, street, and in a nearby lot for trailers and cars

The Balcony Building

This imposing Greek Revival building looks like a bank, city office, courthouse, or college building. Currently, it houses a dusty, dark museum. The decorative paintings on the balcony walls are nautical in content. The first floor is a stately museum with large gallery rooms filled with historical portraits, vases, and ephemera. The second floor has many decrepit rooms with peeling paint and water damage. There are separate rooms filled to the brim with Christmas decorations, art, knick-knacks, clothing, old filing cabinets, old wooden chairs, and a shower stall.

Square footage: 5,000 interior, 83 acres

Amenities/Details:

  • Some of the props and furniture in the pictures may be available for use, the art may require special clearances and restrictions
  • Parking on the grounds for trailers and cars

An Old Town

An Old Town is a collection of architecturally significant 19th century buildings set in a park. The property includes 26 Greek revival, beaux arts, Italianate and Victorian style buildings. The buildings are set in extensive, landscaped grounds, surrounded by a nineteenth century cast iron fence. There is a brick music hall, a church, a catering hall, a building that looks like a Victorian train station, a greenhouse, gardens, ponds, fountains, museums, statues, follies, dirt roads, and much more. The beauty of this place is that it is sleepy and underutilized so it is perfect for a film or photo shoot.

Square footage: 26 Buildings of varying sizes, 83 acres

Amenities/Details:

  • Some of the props and furniture in the pictures may be available for use, the art may require special clearances and restrictions
  • Parking on the grounds for trailers and cars
  • 850 seat music hall
  • Catering hall