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This establishment was the house of Alice Austen, but is now a museum that is part of the Historic House Trust. The house sits in a beautiful park that boasts a panoramic view that stretches from the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn and, on a clear day, Coney Island. The museum includes a permanent exhibition of Alice Austen's work, changing exhibitions of contemporary art, and period rooms. There is also a beautiful Victorian Garden at the museum. This is one of the best views in and of New York City. Staffs and volunteers are always happy to give private tours of the museum.

Alice Austen (1866 - 1952) was one of America's earliest and most prolific female photographers. Over the course of her life, she captured about 8,000 images. Though she is best known for her documentary work, Austen was an artist with a strong aesthetic sensibility. Furthermore, she was a landscape designer, a master tennis player, and the first woman on Staten Island to own a car. 

The Alice Austen House is a birant cultural center where the spirits of early American photography are kept alive. There are exhibits of Austen's work, educational programs for students, and a range of cultural programs for the public. The museum, which was Austen's home, is a Victorian Gothic Cottage.

The Official Website of the Alice Austen House and Museum. Web. 12 Nov. 2015 NYC Official Guide. Web. 12 Nov. 2015