Snug Harbor, Staten Island - in Literature, Film, and The Arts

In Literature, Film, and The Arts

In an 1898 article in Ainslee's Magazine, "When The Sails Are Furled: Sailor's Snug Harbor," the soon-to-be-famous novelist Theodore Dreiser provided an amusing nonfiction account of the obstreperous and frequently intoxicated residents of Snug Harbor.

In 2004, local performing arts company Sundog Theatre commissioned an original play by Damon DiMarco and Jeffrey Harper about the sailors' life at Snug Harbor. "My Mariners" performed at the Harbor's Veteran's Memorial Hall.

The 2009 illustrated novel Peter Pigeon of Snug Harbor, by Ed Weiss, is set almost entirely at Snug Harbor, from its days as an old sailors' home to its new incarnation as an arts center.

The last scene of the movie Fur, which was supposed to recreate a nudist camp, was filmed there in July 2006.

Part of Lady Gaga's music video for her fifth single off Born This Way, Marry The Night, was filmed at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

The 2011 film by writer-director Whit Stillman, "Damsels in Distress" starring Greta Gerwig and Adam Brody, was filmed largely at Snug Harbor, which served as the campus of "Seven Oaks" in the film.

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