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A small historic neighborhood on the northeastern tip of Staten Island, living in St. George offers a unique experience. Overlooking the New York Harbor, the neighborhood provides a pleasurable view of the Jersey City, Manhattan and Brooklyn skyline. The harbor borders most of St. George but the western border is somewhat unclear. Some mark the line at Westervelt Avenue, but with recent housing development, the area seems to stretch farther toward Jersey Street, while Victory Boulevard creates the southern border of St. George. For the morning commute, St. George operates a free ferry ride every 15 minutes to Whitehall Terminal in Manhattan that takes approximately 25 minutes. Another option is taking a Staten Island Railway train at Tompkinsville station. The ride to the terminal is only 3 minutes. In addition to the free ferry to Manhattan, residents take advantage of the affordable rent, where a one-bedroom apartment cost less than half of the price of one found in the more affluent New York City neighborhoods. St. George offers an array of housing options including co-ops, condominiums, single-family mansions and multi-family row houses. The Richmond Terrace Houses complex is the community’s 1960 housing project which houses around 1,400 people. In the historic district of St. Marks Place one can spot the unique and extravagant Victorians with stained-glass windows and mansard roofs on the top of the hills. St. George is home to the New York Wheel, opening in 2016, it is soon to be the City’s greatest attraction and the tallest observation wheel in the world. It is a towering 630-foot Ferris wheel and will welcome nearly 30,000 visitors a day. In addition to an observation wheel, the $400 million project will also include restaurants, theaters and bike rentals. The New York Wheel is part of $1 billion in new private investment, which includes a $300 million, 350,000-square-foot mall, Empire Outlets and a $200 million project called Lighthouse Point, with about 100 apartments and a hotel, located on the other side of the terminal. Hyatt Street is the downtown hub of St. George where you can find various restaurants and the St. George Theater which offers activities including, educational programs, architectural tours, television and film shoots, concerts, comedy, Broadway touring companies, and children's shows. Located near the Bay Street complex, the National Lighthouse Museum will be opening soon after more than a decade of planning. The museum will include interactive exhibits and displays on the history, technology, and architecture of lighthouses, lightships and highlighting other aids to navigation. Public School 16 is St. George’s public grade school located on Monroe Avenue. They offer prekindergarten to fifth grade for about 750 students. Around 1,200 students attend William A. Morris for middle school, which is located on Castleton Avenue in Brighton Heights. Curtis High School enrolls about 2,300 students on Hamilton Avenue.

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  • Curtis Hs
  • Ps 16 John Driscoll School
  • Ralph Mckee Voc & Tech Hs

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  • Barrett Triangle
  • Davis Playground
  • Fort Hill Park
  • Liotti Ikefugi Playground
  • Lt. Lia Playground
  • Mahoney Playground
  • North Shore Esplanade
  • North Shore Esplanade
  • St. George Park

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