Alice Austen House


10/2/162:00pm– 5:00pm

Coming Out Day Picnic

Presented with the Pride Center of Staten Island. LOCATION UPDATE: This event has been moved to the Pride Center of Staten Island (25 Victory Boulevard).


10/14/166:30pm– 9:30pm

Fall Foraging: Prints & Cocktails

Come out to Clear Comfort for a fall-themed happy hour featuring infused cocktails from foraged ingredients.  Hunt for flora and objects on the museum's grounds to make a light-sensitive print in the dark.  The night will include short presentations by Amy Zavatto, local author of Forager's Cocktails, and artist Gale Wisdom, who creates photograms of local flora foraged in the neighborhood.  

$60/ticket - includes two specialty cocktails, light fare, and photography activity.  

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Image: Gale Wisdom, Bouquet, 2015, Photogram.

Special thanks to National Grid for sponsoring this event.  

10/15/1611:00am– 5:00pm

Open House New York


Free tours of Clear Comfort, including Alice’s darkroom.

10/16/1611:00am– 5:00pm

Open House New York


Free tours of Clear Comfort, including Alice’s darkroom.

10/16/165:00pm– 7:00pm

Sunday Salon: Jill Freedman

$15 / $12 for members, per program

Get up close and personal with NYC’s great street photographers in this new series of talks led by the museum’s curator Paul Moakley. Each photographer will discuss their work, process, and hold an informal conversation about using the street as an open studio. Our inaugural session features legendary documentary street photographer Jill Freedman and her candid photos of NYC in black and white. Limited to 20 participants. Buy advance tickets at

10/22/1610:00am– 12:00pm

Workshop: A Photowalk in Rosebank with Christine Osinski


Osinski will lead a photowalk through Staten Island’s Rosebank neighborhood, close to Austen’s historic home, pointing out what subjects interest her. RSVP at 718-816-4506 x10 or

10/23/163:00pm– 5:00pm

Reading: Staten Island Out Loud

This special event is part of Staten Island OutLOUD’s autumn series for the National Endowment for the Arts/The Big Read, featuring Dashiell Hammett’s classic crime novel, “The Maltese Falcon”.

We’ll explore the work of 20th century women who won acclaim for their detective novels – Women who were contemporaries of Alice Austen, and whose work was familiar to Alice and Gertrude.  For example, we’ll give special focus to Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, two British writers who created charismatic female detectives, models of “the new woman”.  We’ll contrast those literary characters with Hammett’s hard-boiled detective Sam Spade, and we’ll compare the styles of these writers. FREE
10/29/168:00pm– 10:00pm

Ghostly Intimations

Get spooked at Fort Tompkins! Join us for an evening presentation exploring the fringes of photography, Victorian art, and occult phenomena. Produced with Morbid Anatomy Museum and National Park Service. Meet at Fort Wadsworth Visitor Center (210 New York Avenue, Staten Island). Bring your own flashlight! Cocktail party at Alice Austen House to follow at 10 PM. INFO & TICKETS