St. George / New Brighton

St. George became the island's primary ferry terminal and railyard in 1885 when the Staten Island Rapid Transit project extended the SIRR from it's old terminal in Clifton up to St. George and along the North Shore to a new drawbridge over Arthur Kill leading to the mainland. The community was renamed St. George as a condition of the sale of the ferry and rail terminal property by George Law.

The former NSRR platforms at the St. George ferry terminal are still intact and track continues past a special-event station at the ballpark and about 1,000 feet north to a terminating bumper.

Track work
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Track work
NSRR tracks headed toward ballpark
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NSRR tracks headed toward ballpark
NSRR tracks headed into ferry terminal
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NSRR tracks headed into ferry terminal
NSRR line from ferry terminal to the ballpark
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NSRR line from ferry terminal to the ballpark
ROW past the ballpark
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ROW past the ballpark
End of track
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End of track
Terminating bumper
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Terminating bumper
Terminating bumper
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Terminating bumper

To the North of St. George is Kill van Kull and fuel storage tanks in Bayonne.

Freighter on Kill van Kull
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Freighter on Kill van Kull
Freighter across Kill van Kull
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Freighter across Kill van Kull
Looking across Kill van Kull at Bayonne
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Looking across Kill van Kull at Bayonne
Tanks across Kill van Kull in Bayonne
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Tanks across Kill van Kull in Bayonne

The Staten Island ferry is New York City's best tourist deal - a free one-hour cruise across New York Harbor. While its primary function is providing a connection to Manhattan for Staten Island commuters, it also represents an undercapitalized asset that could serve the millions of tourists that ride in from Manhattan and get right back on the return boat without experiencing what Staten Island has to offer them - which right now isn't much.

South Ferry subway station in Manhattan
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South Ferry subway station in Manhattan
Richmond County Courthouse by night
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Richmond County Courthouse by night
Staten Island ferry terminal in Manhattan
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Staten Island ferry terminal in Manhattan
Staten Island ferry terminal in Manhattan
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Staten Island ferry terminal in Manhattan
Bloomberg North Shore railroad campaign ad
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Bloomberg North Shore railroad campaign ad
Staten Island ferry terminal in Manhattan
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Staten Island ferry terminal in Manhattan
Boarding the ferry in Manhattan
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Boarding the ferry in Manhattan
Boarding the ferry in Manhattan
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Boarding the ferry in Manhattan
Boarding the ferry in Manhattan
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Boarding the ferry in Manhattan
On the ferry
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On the ferry
Jersey City 'Gold Coast'
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Jersey City 'Gold Coast'
Port Jersey Container Terminal, Bayonne
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Port Jersey Container Terminal, Bayonne
Dredge boat
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Dredge boat
St. George
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St. George
Ferry docked at St. George
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Ferry docked at St. George
Disembarking in St. George
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Disembarking in St. George
SIRR entrance at St. George
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SIRR entrance at St. George
SIRR entrance
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SIRR entrance
Ramp from buses to ferry terminal
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Ramp from buses to ferry terminal
Staten Island Ferry Terminal at St. George
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Staten Island Ferry Terminal at St. George

The long-abandoned railyard was converted into commuter parking lot and stadium for a minor-league affiliate of the New York Yankees baseball team in the late 1990s. Baseball was supposedly played professionally in St. George from 1886 to 1888, although it's hard to imagine how the comparatively small area was shared by a railyard and ballpark. The 7,171-seat Richmond County Bank ballpark opened on June 24, 2001 and a waterfront boardwalk park was also incorporated into the design. A 9/11 memorial was added in 2004 (SIYanks.com 2009). A station to provide seasonal service to the ballpark was added on a short section of the North Shore line.

Parking lot in former Arlington Yard
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Parking lot in former Arlington Yard
Parking lot
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Parking lot
St. George MTA control center
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St. George MTA control center
Parking lot sign
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Parking lot sign
Ballpark
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Ballpark
Ballpark entrance on Richmond Terrace
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Ballpark entrance on Richmond Terrace
Baseball field
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Baseball field
Parking lot north of ballpark
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Parking lot north of ballpark
Boardwalk
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Boardwalk
9/11 Memorial
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9/11 Memorial
9/11 Memorial
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9/11 Memorial
9/11 Memorial
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9/11 Memorial
Waterfront pier remnants
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Waterfront pier remnants
Waterfront pier remnants
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Waterfront pier remnants
Waterfront pier remnants
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Waterfront pier remnants
Parking lot - viewed from the North
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Parking lot - viewed from the North
Waterfront park pathway
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Waterfront park pathway

The intact ROW (overgrown and with no track) continues directly alongside Richmond Terrace to the site of the (now-defunct) New Brighton stop at the foot of Jersey Street. Reactivation of the ROW would entail moving Bank Street (which runs parallel to the ROW and is used to access the parking lot from Jersey Street) around 20 feet away from the ROW.

ROW along Richmond Terrace
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ROW along Richmond Terrace
Overgrown ROW along Richmond Terrace
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Overgrown ROW along Richmond Terrace
Overgrown ROW along Richmond Terrace
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Overgrown ROW along Richmond Terrace
Overgrown ROW along Richmond Terrace
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Overgrown ROW along Richmond Terrace
Overgrown ROW along Richmond Terrace
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Overgrown ROW along Richmond Terrace
End of overgrown ROW along Richmond Terrace
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End of overgrown ROW along Richmond Terrace
End of overgrown ROW along Richmond Terrace
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End of overgrown ROW along Richmond Terrace
Bank Street
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Bank Street
Waterfront
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Waterfront
Waterfront
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Waterfront
Waterfront
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Waterfront
Overgrown area north of Bank Street
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Overgrown area north of Bank Street

The New Brighton station was located at Richmond Terrace and Jersey Street. No trace remains, although there are a couple of small derelict old buildings in the general vicinity.

Site of former New Brighton Station?
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Site of former New Brighton Station?
Abandoned garage on Bank Street
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Abandoned garage on Bank Street
Abandoned garage on Bank Street
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Abandoned garage on Bank Street
Abandoned building on Bank Street
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Abandoned building on Bank Street
Abandoned building on Bank Street
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Abandoned building on Bank Street
Abandoned building on Bank Street
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Abandoned building on Bank Street
New Brighton Sign
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New Brighton Sign
New Brighton Sign
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New Brighton Sign
Bank Street just east of Jersey Street
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Bank Street just east of Jersey Street
Richmond Terrace in New Brighton
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Richmond Terrace in New Brighton
Richmond Terrace @ Jersey Street
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Richmond Terrace @ Jersey Street

The former U.S. Gypsum plant (561 Richmond Terrace) originally opened in 1876 as the Jerome B. King Plaster Mill. U.S. Gypsum bought the plant from Windsor Plaster Mills in 1924 (Lundrigan and Navarra 1999). Eastern Salt Company (a.k.a. Eastern Minerals) purchased the 10-acre property in 1976 and opened Atlantic Salt, a depot for road de-icing salt used across New York City, New York State, New Jersey and Connecticut. (Cleaton 2009)

15 Bank Street - Former U.S. Gypsum plant
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15 Bank Street - Former U.S. Gypsum plant
ROW running through old U.S. Gypsum plant
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ROW running through old U.S. Gypsum plant
15 Bank Street
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15 Bank Street
15 Bank St - Atlantic Salt entrance
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15 Bank St - Atlantic Salt entrance
Atlantic Salt machinery
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Atlantic Salt machinery
Gate near ROW
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Gate near ROW

The ROW is reputedly intact through the Atlantic Salt facilities, although no trackwork is obvious and there are massive piles of rock salt on the west side of the site over what presumably is the ROW. Restoring ROW through this area would likely involve relocating Atlantic Salt, demolishing the old plant, and/or elevating the ROW above whatever operations remain there. In the event of eviction, the proximity of this area to the densely populated areas around St. George make it an excellent potential site for a waterfront park.

U.S. Gypsum fence on Richmond Terrace
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U.S. Gypsum fence on Richmond Terrace
Rock retaining wall on Richmond Terrace
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Rock retaining wall on Richmond Terrace
U.S. Gypsum fence on Richmond Terrace
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U.S. Gypsum fence on Richmond Terrace
U.S. Gypsum plant
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U.S. Gypsum plant
U.S. Gypsum plant
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U.S. Gypsum plant
U.S. Gypsum plant
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U.S. Gypsum plant
Gravel and landfill
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Gravel and landfill
U.S. Gypsum plant
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U.S. Gypsum plant
U.S. Gypsum plant
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U.S. Gypsum plant
U.S. Gypsum plant smokestack
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U.S. Gypsum plant smokestack
U.S. Gypsum plant
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U.S. Gypsum plant
U.S. Gypsum plant
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U.S. Gypsum plant
U.S. Gypsum plant
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U.S. Gypsum plant
U.S. Gypsum plant
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U.S. Gypsum plant
U.S. Gypsum plant
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U.S. Gypsum plant
U.S. Gypsum plant
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U.S. Gypsum plant
U.S. Gypsum plant
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U.S. Gypsum plant
U.S. Gypsum plant
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U.S. Gypsum plant
Atlantic Salt entrance
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Atlantic Salt entrance
Atlantic Salt entrance
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Atlantic Salt entrance
Entrance sign
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Entrance sign
Atlantic Salt
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Atlantic Salt
Atlantic Salt
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Atlantic Salt
Atlantic Salt
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Atlantic Salt
Atlantic Salt
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Atlantic Salt
Mountains off salt
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Mountains off salt
Mountains of salt
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Mountains of salt
Mountains of salt
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Mountains of salt
Mountain of salt
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Mountain of salt
Flags
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Flags
Western edge of Atlantic Salt property
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Western edge of Atlantic Salt property
Overgrown embankment down to ROW
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Overgrown embankment down to ROW