The Truth About St. George

James Garside
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St. George is a neighborhood in Staten Island that has nothing to do with the slaying of dragons.

It is on the waterfront, at the northeastern tip of Staten Island, where Kill Van Kull flows into Upper New York Bay.

St. George is bordered by Tompkinsville to the south and New Brighton to the west.

The neighborhood is the most developed on Staten Island. It is the administrative center for both the borough and Richmond County.

St. George was a rural region during the early 19th century. Today, St. George is the gateway for travel to Staten Island and its attractions.

It’s also a transport hub, a one-stop-shop, providing all the transportation you need to reach New York City.

St. George is the location of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

It is the northern terminus of Staten Island Railway. It is also the administrative center of Staten Island.

St. George Terminal is a short ride from Manhattan on New York's only 24-hour ferry service.

St. George Ferry Terminal is in the heart of Staten Island's business district. It is one of the busiest ferry terminals in New York Harbor.

This architectural gem has been in operation since 1905. It serves thousands of passengers and commuters every day.

You can reach JFK or LaGuardia Airport in 25 minutes from St. George Ferry Terminal. It also connects New York City with Brooklyn.

St. George was part of New Brighton before the construction of the rail-ferry terminal in 1886.

Named after 19th-century land baron George Law who owned Staten Island waterfront.

Erastus Wiman promised to rename the area if the land developer gave up his land rights. Hence we have the name St. George today.

Once occupied by Native Americans, St. George was colonized by the Dutch and the British.

The historic district offers spectacular waterfront views and beautiful architecture.

Residential development began in the 1830s and for most of the late 19th century it was a summer resort.

Both St. George and Staten Island Ferry Terminal should be on any New York City visitor's to-do list.

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