Aug 28, 2010

St. George - Part II

St. George is filled with really cool places on Staten Island.  Today we bring you some of the best to visit while on the North Shore.

St. George Theatre
Centered in the historic St. George District, the St. George Theatre in its' day was the most magnificent theatre on Staten Island. A beautiful 2,800 seat venue, Solomon Brill of the Isle Theatrical Company broke ground in August of 1928 and the doors of this palatial emporium opened on December 4th, 1929. The cost of the project, which included an attached office complex, was two million dollars, $500,000 of which was for the theatre. Brill, who owned several other theatres on the Island and once owned a nickelodeon with William Fox of 20th Century Fox fame, promised to bring top-of-the-line vaudeville to the borough for an admission fee of 75 cents. He envisioned the St. George as a dream show house rivaling Manhattan's cathedrals of cinema. At a time when many of the large movie houses were built by big Hollywood studios, Brill was an independent owner of fifteen theatres in the NYC area. Prior to his death in 1932, he sold one half of his interest in the St. George Theatre to Joseph Kohn, who later sold to the Fabian Theatre chain. 

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St. George Civic Association
Get Involved with the Neighborhood in St. George.

Staten Island Yankees - The Baby Bombers
Meet the Future New York Yankees, right here in Staten Island.

Since 2001, the SI Yanks have been homed right here in St. George, adjacent to the Ferry Terminal.  Perfect place to meet the future stars of baseball.  I personally have Melky Cabrera, Phil Hughes and Robinson Cano's autographs,  just from going down to St. George.

Postcards - Our main 9-11 Memorial
Staten Island was one of the hardest hit communities on 9/11, losing nearly 270 loved
ones in the terrorist attacks on New York City that day. As a result, Staten Island needed
its own memorial, a place for the loved ones of the victims to mourn and reflect, and a
place for all visitors to remember those who lost their lives on that tragic day.  
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Embark on a historic voyage at the Staten Island Museum, just a ferry ride away from downtown Manhattan. Founded in 1881 and home to more than two million artifacts and specimens from ancient to contemporary periods, this “mini-Smithsonian” is rich with arts, natural sciences and local history.
Currently on view, Staten Island Ferry: The First 100 Years of Municipal Service harks back to 1905, when livestock rode the ferry alongside commuters—and the cost of travel was a nickel. The exhibit pays homage to this history through photographs, artwork, ship models and artifacts from ferries past.

We could not find a web just for St. Peter's, so here is one about the church from the Civic Association. 

The The nucleus of the present St. Peter's Church met in a gun factory in New Brighton on the southeast corner of Lafayette St. and Richmond Terrace, where weekly Mass was celebrated for the first time in April of 1839
An exiled Spaniard -- the Rev. Ildefonso Madrano -- was the first pastor, arriving on March 28, 1839, to minister to the congregation of about 100 Catholics. Father Madrano was reported to have spoken perfect English, which was allegedly the result of his having served as chaplain to the Irish troops in the Army of the Duke of Wellington in Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. The new pastor's assignment covered all of Staten Island plus New Brunswick and South Amboy, with instructions to "keep an eye on Princeton," which probably had no resident priest and consequently the pastor, who traveled on horseback, visited there on occasion

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The Staten Island Ferry provides 20 million people a year (60,000 passengers a day not including weekend days) with ferry service between St. George on Staten Island and Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan. 

Stay tuned for Part III.

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