St. George Theatre, Staten Island, New York

A dazzling cultural and performing arts center, the St. George Theatre in the historic St. George District is just a three-minute walk from the Staten Island Ferry.  It is a unique Staten Island treasure. It has been lavishly restored to its original 1929 gilded opulence. The interior is elaborately designed in the Spanish and Italian Baroque style, including life sized painted murals of Spanish villages and enormous stained glass chandeliers.

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The St. George Theatre, restored to its 1929 Baroque grandeur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The theatre was designed to have unobstructed views of the stage and one of the largest cantilevered balconies ever built. Some of its other attributes include gilded balconies, grand staircases, enormous domed skylight, and Wurlitzer organ.

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The enormous cantilevered balconies of the St. George Theatre, in St. George, Staten Island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The St. George Theatre hosts music concerts, comedy acts, dance troupes, and Broadway touring companies. It also offers educational programs and architectural tours, and serves as a unique television and film location, notably the finale of the 2003 film “School of Rock”.

 

 

I Love St. George, Staten Island.

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The NYC skyline from St. George, Staten Island.

I Love St. George, Staten Island!

St.George is a waterfront town steeped in Staten Island’s history.  It plays a prominent role in New York Harbor’s maritime industry and was the site of a British fort during the Revolutionary War. It is the Island’s seat of government and its architectural and cultural hub.

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Borough Hall is Staten Islands seat of Government and is located across the street from the waterfront St. George Ferry Terminal.

Borough_Hall_Staten_Island_MuralsBorough Hall, a French Renaissance brick building directly across the street from the waterfront St. George Ferry Terminal, became the seat of Staten Island government in 1898.  Inside the marble lobby are a series of hand painted murals depicting Staten Island historical events.

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The New York State Supreme Courthouse is a gleaming glass and copper structure a few steps up the hill from Borough Hall, Staten Island.

Clustered in close proximity to Borough Hall is the gleaming glass and copper New York State Supreme Courthouse and the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George. 

The Ballpark at St. George is home to the Staten Island Yankees.  The sails at its entrance are inspired by the Staten Island Ferry and the St. George Ferry Terminal, less than a 5 minute walk.

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The sails at the entrance of Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George are inspired by the Staten Island Ferry.

These attractions and many more are waiting to be seen, less than a five minute walk from the Staten Island Ferry in St. George, Staten Island.

Postcards Memorial Honors 274 Staten Islanders Who Lost Their Lives on September 11th.

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The postcards memorial sits on the waterfront in St. George, Staten Island.

Postcards is a permanent memorial honoring the 274 Staten Island residents killed on September 11th 2001. It is located on the St. George Esplanade near the Staten Island Ferry and Richmond County Bank Ballpark. Designed by Masayuki Sono, its two winglike sculpture represent postcards to loved ones. It looks out onto the New York harbor and the World Trade Center. Inside are 274 plaques and profiles carved in the likenesses of each of the Staten Island victims.

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The silhouettes engraved inside the Postcards Memorial at St. George Esplanade, Staten island are a somber tribute.

I always felt that the sculpture represents the wings of angels reaching out to those who lost their lives. Walk between the stone structures, and you will see the carved silhouettes of each victim in profile, chiseled into granite for eternity. It is a powerfully sobering experience to stand inside and look at each face.

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Each year on September 11, a memorial service is held honoring Staten Islanders who perished at the World Trade Center.

Thousands of people from all over the world lost their lives on that fateful day. Because so many Islanders took the Staten island Ferry each day to work at the World Trade Center, Staten Island lost a disproportionately large number of lives. It is a terrible legacy and Staten Island will Never Forget.