Alice Austen House


06/21/196:30pm– 9:30pm

Twilight Pride: Celebrate the Larky Life at Alice Austen House

On June 21 at 6:30pm, the Alice Austen House will host Twilight Pride: Celebrate the Larky Life at the Alice Austen House. Alice Austen lived an unabashedly authentic life at Clear Comfort. Come celebrate Pride and toast to her life, her work, her home, and Gertrude Tate and Alice Austen's love at this twilight event on the lawn. With fare from local favorites, music and dancing with DJ Kitty, and Alice Austen Clear Comfort Pilsner by Flagship Brewery, help us relive the Larky Life, and celebrate the second anniversary of our designation as a site of LGBTQ historic significance. 

Reserve your spot today! Tickets are $45 each and include small bites plus two drinks. Click HERE to purchase.

Contact Kirstin Swanson at 718-816-4506 x17 or for sponsorship opportunities.



06/22/194:30pm– 6:30pm

L'unicorns Fiesta

Come and meet the members of Staten Island's first LGBTQ Latinx group. A performance of poetry and music on the Alice Austen House Lawn.

L’unicorns is the first Latinx LGBTQ group on Staten Island.  The group has created a safe space for the LGBTQ Latinx immigrants where members can share information, access education, cultural opportunities and critical resources. They function under the umbrella of La Colmena Community Job Center.


Supported by New York Community Trust

06/23/192:00pm– 4:00pm

Sunday Salon with Ariel Goldberg at Alice Austen House

Performing Networks: Slideshows, Questionnaires, and Directories 


How did lesbian identified photographers in the 1980s build community in real time? Often claiming figures like Alice Austen as inspiration, photographers such as Joan E. Biren and Tia Cross created narratives about becoming a photographer in order to claim legacies from histories of omission.

Ariel Goldberg's publications include The Estrangement Principle (Nightboat Books, 2016) and The Photographer (Roof Books, 2015). Goldberg’s research, writing and performance work has been supported by the New York Public Library, the Franklin Furnace Fund, SOMA in Mexico City, and Smith College. From 2014-2017, they organized readings at The Poetry Project. Goldberg teaches writing and from 2014-2017, they organized readings at The Poetry Project. They are the 2018-9 Zuckerman Fellow, Curator of Community Engagement at the Jewish History Museum in Tucson, AZ. Goldberg’s art writing has appeared in e-flux, Artforum, and Art in America. They are currently working on two books: Heavy Equipment, essays on the practices of LGBTQ photographers in the 1970s-90s, and A Century, a novel based on the partnership of art critic Elizabeth McCausland and photographer Berenice Abbott.

06/29/19– 08/3/19

Meditation on the Lawn at Clear Comfort

New for 2019 Meditation on the Lawn with Be Yoga & Dance. 

All sessions start at 1:00 PM

Dates for Summer 2019 are:

June 29, July 13 and August 3

07/4/196:00pm– 9:00pm

Independence Day with the Staten Island Philharmonic

Hear the sweet sounds of the Staten Island Philharmonic on the lawn of Clear Comfort followed by viewing citywide fireworks displays from the waterfront. 

07/20/1912:00pm– 4:00pm

Community Appreciation Day Festival and Arts & Crafts Fair

Enjoy a festival of food, family arts acivities, and live music at our annual community open house. This year we showcase the work of local artists and artisans, with booths where you can support the local Staten Island Arts community and purchase a unique gift or personal artwork. 

08/3/192:00pm– 4:00pm

Talk with Pat Salmon: Institutionalized on Staten Island

Join us for a talk by Staten Island historian Pat Salmon. During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries Staten Island was viewed as a healing environment for the ill and those who could not care for themselves. But there was also a darker side. Off-island residents sometimes saw the island as a distant location for those with contagious diseases or for those viewed as outcasts. For these and other reasons the Quarantine station, seaman's retreat, "Old Ladies' Home", Richmond county Almshouse (later the Farm Colony), Nursery and Children's Hostpital, Sea View Hospital and others were established to house those "who required separaration".