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St. George


Geography & History

St. George is located at the northeastern tip of Staten Island, at the location where the Kill Van Kull enters Upper New York Bay. It is the most densely developed neighborhood in Staten Island, and the location of the administrative center for the borough and for the coterminous Richmond County.

The origin of the town name was derived, not from the dragon slaying saint, but from George Law, a precocious land baron who had acquired rights to the waterfront at bargain prices. According to Island historians, it was only after another prominent businessman, Erastus Wiman, promised to "canonize" him in the town's name that Law agreed to relinquish the land rights for a ferry terminal.

A Renaissance

The community underwent a revival in the late 1990s and property values have continued to rise since 2000. In 1994, The New York Landmarks Preservation Commission designated a St. George Historic District. The historic district consists of 78 houses and one church-St. Peters Roman Catholic, the oldest parish on Staten Island-and is a mix of Victorian styles, such as Queen Anne, Shingle style, Colonial Revival, and Tudor. Currently, the area of Fort Hill comprises the remains of the streets and homes where the descendants of the Tompkins, Westervelt and Low families lived.

The Richmond County Bank Ballpark, the home of the Staten Island Yankees, a minor league farm club of the New York Yankees opened in 2001. The stadium offers dramatic views of the harbor and the Manhattan skyline. The 55 year old St. George Ferry terminal recently underwent a $130 million dollar renovation and now features floor-to-ceiling glass for panoramic views of the harbor and incoming ferries.

In 2007, Borough President Molinaro unveiled a sweeping new vision of St. George. The new design includes closing Hyatt Street between Central Avenue and St. Mark's Place in order to create a grand, piazza-style plaza that would serve as a "gateway" to St. George and would draw tourists and others to the area.

Culture

The Staten Island Museum aka Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences, located just two blocks west of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, New York City's only general interest museum, explores the arts, natural science, and local history through permanent and changing exhibitions and welcomes over 65,000 adults and school children to a comprehensive array of programs

The newly renovated St. George Theatre serves as a cultural arts center for a myriad of activities including outreach educational programs, architectural tours, television and film shoots, concerts, comedy, Broadway touring companies and small and large scale children's shows.Artists and musicians have been moving to Staten Island's North Shore so they can be in close proximity to Manhattan but also have enough affordable space to live and work in. Recently The New York Times and NY1 News featured Staten Island as a haven for artists.

St. George, Staten Island. (2008, December 25). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 02:52, January 14, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=St._George,_Staten_Island&oldid=260033936
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