By Wikipedia’s account, the name St. George was derived not from the dragon-slaying saint, but from George Law, a developer who acquired rights to the waterfront at bargain prices. According to island historians Charles Leng and William T. Davis, it was only after another prominent businessman, Erastus Wiman, promised to “canonize” him in the town’s name that Law agreed to relinquish the land rights for a ferry terminal.
Within walking distance of that terminal, you’ll find magnificent homes in the St. George/New Brighton Historic District (designated 1994) unlike any you’ll see anywhere else in New York City. Most are from the second half of the 1800s, many are exceptional examples of the Shingle Style, a New England invention.
A word of caution for visitors: The neighborhood is hilly – be prepared for a workout. Also be prepared (think camera) for some great vistas!
St George Staten Island Suggested Reading
- Wikipedia entry
- NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report
- The New York Times article
- St. George Civic Association Introduction
- Historic Districts Council – St George
Preservation League of Staten Island Landmarks Map (Google)