Don’t wait. You have 7-10 days left of peak-color fall-foliage here on the sublimely colored-jewel of Staten Island, NYC’s hidden recluse, home to thousands of acres of parks, and picture-perfect, tree-lined streets.
Some favorite spots are: Clove Lakes Park, High Rock Park, Silver Lake Park and perhaps the most serene —Mount Loretto’s Unique Area, on the island’s south shore abutting Lemon Creek Pier and the Conference House.
But, a walk outside in some of Staten Island’s beautiful neighborhoods is likely just as good. Castleton Corners and Westerleigh and New Dorp are little slices of Americana, with oaks and elms unleaving in arrays of splendor. And, Emerson and Todt Hills are replete with pitch pines and hemlock as is The GreenBelt.
Here’s a list of some native plants and trees, for those who’d like to identify what you’re seeing.