St. George

Located on the northeastern tip of Staten Island, St. George is the most densely developed and diverse neighborhood in Staten Island. Positioned where the Kill Van Kull enters the New York Bay, this neighborhood is known for being the administrative center of the borough, the central hub for transportation, and Staten Island’s downtown area. The area provides the perfect balance of culture, arts and history and is currently undergoing a “renaissance” of revitalization and renewal.

St. George offers quick access to Manhattan via the Staten Island Ferry and other areas of the borough via Staten Island Rapid Transit or bus service. For commuters who drive, a quick ride over the Verrazano Bridge will take you to Brooklyn or Manhattan.

There are many housing options in the St. George area. Historic Victorian and Colonial homes and apartments residing in pre-war buildings add the perfect balance of history and culture among newly constructed homes and apartments.
Offering a wide variety of restaurants, it is not uncommon to find authentic-themed restaurants, classic steakhouses, wine bars, coffee shops and tapas bars only blocks away from one another.

Fort Place Bed and Breakfast

Fort Place Bed and Breakfast

Located at 22 Fort Place in St. George is one of Staten Island’s few bed and breakfasts, Fort Place Bed and Breakfast. Conveniently located near the Staten Island Ferry and within walking distance from St. George’s many attractions, Fort Place Bed and Breakfast puts New York City at your fingertips for a fraction of the cost.

Built in 1864, this old Victorian Era home was converted into a bed and breakfast only seven years ago. It is adorned with art-deco furniture, fireplaces, old furnishing, and beautiful artwork. The facility has a total of three floors available for reservation, each including its own private bath, individually furnished rooms with queen/king sized beds, and free wifi. A delicious continental breakfast is also provided.

For more information, visit their website at www.fortplace.com.

National Lighthouse Museum

National Lighthouse Museum: Still without a home, supporters of the National Lighthouse Museum have their sights set on St. George, Staten Island as a place to call home. The museum’s goal is to celebrate and enhance the historical significance and maritime heritage of lighthouses throughout the United States by collecting, preserving, and interpreting objects related to the history and technology of lighthouses from sites all over the country. The museum will contain indoor and outdoor exhibits, interactive displays and an educational resource center suitable for children and adults.

The museum also hopes to serve as a contact point for public inquiry and assistance with respect to American lighthouse research, history, education, collections and programs. Located adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry terminal, the museum also plans to celebrate American lighthouse heritage through educational programs, publications, films, festivals, living history, lighthouse trails, conferences and other offerings. For more information, visit www.lighthousemuseum.org.

SINY North Shore Buzz – The St. George Renaissance

Join SINY North Shore expert Holly Wiesner Olivieri as she interviews people, businesses and homes in Staten Island’s North Shore community.

Take a tour of downtown Staten Island

From the Staten Island Yankees to the revitalization of the North Shore, St.George is the talk of the town. In this episode of North Shore Buzz, Holly Wiesner Olivieri takes us on a tour of Staten Island’s central hub; St.George. Informational and upbeat, this short video highlights the history, attractions, and exciting future of Staten Island’s “downtown.”

Whether you are looking to move to Staten Island or have been a lifelong resident, this video will surely motivate you to head downtown for a visit. St.George is known for its unique and bustling atmosphere, and Holly emphasizes the neighborhood’s main attractions while shedding some light on its best-kept secrets.

Offering insight on the upcoming transformation of Staten Island’s North Shore, Holly outlines the new and exciting contributions St.George will have to offer tourists and Staten Island residents alike; including the New York Wheel, Empire Outlets and Lighthouse Point.

Come visit St.George, and see why many are calling it home.

Staten Island Museum: Magicicada

Magicicada - Staten Island Museum

Magicicada at the Staten Island Museum: The latest work of award winning eco-artist, Brandon Ballengée, is on display at the Staten Island Museum, located at 75 Stuyvesant Place, St. George, Staten Island.

As part of a series entitled The Love Motel for Insects, the Staten Island variation features a glowing sculpture in the shape of a huge cicada. During the day, a variety of insects gather at the base of the sculpture, attracted by the native flowers planted there. From dusk and into the night, the sculpture glows a lavender hue, drawing insects closer to the sculpture, and giving viewers a chance to observe the mysterious and amazing world of nocturnal arthropods.

Ballengée hopes that the sculpture will inspire programs that will celebrate insect biodiversity and will educate the public on the ecological importance of insects.

The sculpture continues to be on display throughout the summer. For more information, contact the museum or view their website at www.statenislandmuseum.org.

Zipcar

Zipcars St. George Staten Island

A great alternative to owning or renting a car has reached the St. George area of Staten Island. This car sharing program is located on Wall Street between Academy and Stuyvesant Place, and allows members to use a vehicle by the hour or by the day.

Here’s how it works: members can reserve a car via the internet or by phone at anytime. Members have automated access to their reserved car through the use of an access card (or mobile device), that works with the car’s technology to lock and unlock the doors (the keys are already inside).

Members pay a one-time application fee, an annual fee, and a reservation charge. Gas, parking, maintenance and insurance are included with the reservation, as well as up to $15 in reimbursements for typical maintenance.

Members can reserve and use a Zipcar in any Zipcar city. Find out more about Zipcar at www.zipcar.com.

St George Theater

StGeorgeTheater_StatenIsland

St. George Theatre: Is a beautiful landmarked movie house which opened in 1929 and is just two blocks from the Staten Island Ferry. Located at 35 Hyatt Street, and truly a magnificent treasure on Staten Island’s North Shore. When it opened, the beautiful 2,800 seat theater served as a movie and vaudeville house. The theater’s ornate interior showcases a variety of Spanish and Italian Baroque styles. The foyer is illuminated by large stained glass chandeliers and winding staircases. Murals, tiled fountains and sculpted figures accompany decorative gold plaster work, stained glass, and ironwork.

A variety of acts have graced the theater’s stage during its lifetime. Live performances continued until 1934, after which the theater operated as a movie palace until the 1970’s. Since then, several owners attempted its revival- as a dinner theater, a roller rink, an antiques showroom, and a night club, but none were successful. The theater was finally restored in 2004, when Mrs. Rosemary Cappozalo and her daughters, began a not-for-profit organization to restore and revive the historic theater.

Since its restoration and reopening in 2004, over 400 events have taken place at the St. George Theatre, including Tony Bennett, Judy Collins, k.d. lang, The B-52’s, Don McLean, Art Garfunkel, Wayne Newton, Tony Orlando, Liza Minnelli, Taylor Hicks, Bret Michaels, Diana Ross, and the Jonas Brothers.

The theater also serves as a cultural arts center for a variety of activities including educational programs, architectural tours, television and film shoots, concerts, comedy shows, Broadway touring companies, children’s shows and many local and community events. Learn more about the St George Theater here, on their official website.

Curtis High School

Curtis High School, St. George Staten Island

Curtis High School A Magnificent example of elaborate Gothic architecture. Located just outside the historic district of St. George. This stately landmark building is the oldest high school on Staten Island. It was founded on February 9, 1904 and is located at 105 Hamilton Ave. Curtis has a total enrollment of about 2,830 students.

CHS offers many academic programs, including the International Baccalaureate Scholarship Honors Program with accelerated curriculum and Advanced Placement courses; Nursing, NJROTC, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Business/Computer Institute, CoOp, Human and Legal Studies, Journalism Institute and School for International Services.

Extracurricular activities include a Robotics Team, National Honor Society, Chess Club, Black and Hispanic Awareness Clubs, Moot Court, The Curtis Players, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Dance, Symphonic Band, The Curtis Log (newspaper), the Crosswinds (yearbook), Math Team, Criminal Law and Justice Mentoring Program, Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution Programs.

Curtis fields 30+ varsity teams, including swimming, golf, bowling, volleyball, soccer, basketball, wrestling, fencing, baseball/softball, tennis, track/cross country, gymnastics, lacrosse, and football teams. In addition, Curtis club teams include boys’ varsity and junior varsity, and girls’ varsity Ultimate teams.

Learn more about Curtis here.

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