Port Richmond

Port Richmond is located on the North Shore of Staten Island, situated along the waterfront of the Kill Van Kull. The Bayonne Bridge serves as the border between Port Richmond and Elm Park, which is to the west. Port Richmond is one of the oldest neighborhoods on the island, and was an important transportation and industrial center in the 19th century. The neighborhood evolved from being a mixed Dutch and French settlement into a thriving waterfront industrial and transportation hub and eventually served as the prime ferry launch from Staten Island to New Jersey. It was a transfer port for freight and passengers traveling by boat between New York City and New Brunswick, New Jersey, and ferries ran continually from Port Richmond to New Jersey until shortly after the Bayonne Bridge was built in 1931. The area also became the site of an important stop on a coach route between the city and Philadelphia. In the 1880s, the Staten Island Railway built a North Shore branch with a stop in the village on Richmond Avenue, which had become the island’s main shopping area. Port Richmond Avenue, which has been known over the years as Church Road, Port Richmond Plank Road, Stone Road, and Richmond Avenue, was a busy commercial center.

Veteran’s Park

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Bounded by Heberton, Vreeland, Bennett and Park Streets, Veteran’s Park is Staten Island’s oldest park. It was laid out in 1836 as a village green or common area when Port Richmond’s village streets were mapped. In 1898, the park was named Port Richmond Park, later to be changed in 1949 to Veteran’s Park as a tribute to American veterans.

Although at one time the park was enclosed by an iron fence, it is now an open green square with a flag pole in the center, providing breathing space for the community. A paved path lined with benches provides easy access across the park. There are nearly two dozen trees, including Pin oaks, London planetrees, pines and sweetgums that provide shade and beautiful scenery.

Many historic and neighborhood landmarks surround the park, including P.S. 20, the Park Baptist Church (est. 1841), the St. Phillips Baptist Church (est. 1871), the Parkside Senior Apartments, Victorian-style homes, and the Port Richmond Library (1905). Memorials commemorating P.S. 20 Principal Eugene G. Putnam (1865-1913) and American Revolutionary War officer and political leader John Sullivan can be found throughout the park.

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Port Richmond Library

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Located at 75 Bennett Street in Port Richmond, just two blocks from Port Richmond Avenue and opposite Veterans Park, the Port Richmond Branch of the New York Public Library is one of the oldest libraries on Staten Island, opening its doors in 1905. This branch, which was built with funds from Andrew Carnegie, features fireplaces, oak shelving, and original turn-of-the-century furniture, all of which provides an inviting and inspiring space to read, study, or enjoy free programs.

Programs at the Port Richmond Library include free English classes, one-on-one resume workshops and computer help, enrichment zones for children, Wii gaming, teen tech time, comic book club, and story time and craft. These programs take place in the Chimes Playhouse, an auditorium that was added to the library in 1939.

In 2008, a major renovation of the Children’s Room provided new lighting, furniture, and computers for children. The library offers large young adult and Spanish collections, as well as a small collection of materials on the history of Staten Island.

For more information, visit their official website or call (718) 442-0158.

Port Richmond High School

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Port Richmond High School is located in the North Shore neighborhood of Port Richmond, at 85 St Josephs Avenue, between Innis Street and Charles Avenue. This public high school serves students from many North Shore neighborhoods, including Port Richmond, Mariner’s Harbor, Westerleigh, Bull’s Head, New Springville, and Travis.

A diverse population of students makes up a population of approximately 2600 students who participate in programs such as Gateway to Higher Education, Collegiate Academy, Culinary Arts, JROTC, Medical Technology ,TV/Media Production, Institute for Business, Hospitality, Entrepreneurship and Tourism, and several others extracurricular activities.

Port Richmond fields over thirty varsity teams, including swimming, golf, bowling, volleyball, soccer, basketball, wrestling, fencing, baseball/softball, tennis, track/cross country, gymnastics, lacrosse, and football teams.

In 1927, Port Richmond opened its doors with two grades (9th and 10th), and graduated its first senior class in 1930. An extensive renovation to the building added administrative offices, domestic and catering kitchens, a photography studio, a dance studio, robotics lab, printing and wood working shops, an auto mechanics shop, computer labs, and television studio, which was dedicated and opened for use in 1994. Port Richmond received another major facelift in 2001 when the entire athletic field was completely renovated. Website: http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/31/r445/aboutus/overview/welcome.htm

Faber Pool and Park

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Located at the corner of Faber Street and Richmond Terrace in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Staten Island, Faber Pool and Park offers a variety of facilities and activities for Staten Island residents. Although the park is relatively small at only 4.6 acres, its location on the Kill Van Kull provide stunning waterfront views. The park also offers an outdoor swimming pool, playground, basketball courts and shaded green space perfect for picnicking and recreation. The Faber Park Field House provides a variety of programs throughout the year, including Shape Up NYC fitness classes, Youth Made Media programs, a computer resource center, and a teen center. Currently, construction is being done to create a 10,000 square foot plaza-style skate park with reinforced colored concrete pavement and a variety of skate-park components. The skate park will be built into the sloping topography of the park in order to preserve existing landscape features. Anticipated completion of the skate park is the winter of 2015.

Ralphs Famous Italian Ices & Ice Cream

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Located in the heart of Port Richmond at 501 Port Richmond Avenue is the original location of Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices. Named after the original owner, Ralph Silvestro, the family business has been serving Italian Ices and other treats to Staten Island residents for 85 years. Since Ralph opened up his first retail location in 1949 in Port Richmond with two flavors- orange and lemon- Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices certainly has grown: it now has over 150 flavors, and over 80 different locations. Ralph’s is enjoyed at various franchise locations across the five boroughs, as well as in Long Island and New Jersey. For more information, visit www.ralphsices.com.

Denino’s Pizzeria & Tavern

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Located at 524 Port Richmond Avenue, Denino’s Pizzeria & Tavern, (originally known as Denino’s Tavern) has been offering casual dining to Staten Island residents, tourists, and visitors since 1937. The family-owned business offers a wide range of heroes, pizzas, salads and appetizers, as a wide selection of beer and wine. Among the menu items, Denino’s is known for its amazing crust (“in crust we trust”), and its reputation draws in visitors, tourists, politicians, actors and, of course, families, on a daily basis. In fact, in 2007 and 2008, Denino’s won AOL’s “City’s Best” for the best pizza in New York City. For more information, visit www.deninos.com.