Posts in Category: Staten Island

Ferry awaits final voyage

A Merrell Class vessel Verrazzano that connected the borough of Staten Island to Manhattan sits in a scrap metal yard on the western shore of Staten Island. Retired several years ago, this boat has been stripped down to its metal frame. Cold and eerie, the boat’s decks are badly deteriorated from neglect and by the elements.

Staten Island ship graveyard

Once of the largest marine scrap yards on the East Coast, the Witte Marine Scrap yard is located on Arthur Kill Road in Rossville. Now officially known as the Donjon Iron and Metal Scrap Processing Facility, the scrap yard was opened in 1964 by J. Arnold Witte, Sr.

Reformed Church on Staten Island

This Greek Revival style church was erected in 1844 to the designs of Staten Island builder James G. Burger and was enlarged in 1898 with a Colonial Revival Sunday School addition designed by architect Oscar S. Teale. The church’s congregation is the oldest in Staten Island and its first church building was erected on this site in 1715.

The present church is the congregation’s third; it is the oldest church building on the North Shore and one of the oldest churches on Staten Island. The church’s graveyard is the oldest non-private cemetery in Staten Island. Source: Landmarks Preservation Commission
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A view of the Sunday School Edition from the balcony at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

A view of the Sunday School Edition from the balcony at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The afternoon light shines through the stain glass window of the nursery at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The afternoon light shines through the stain glass window of the nursery at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The afternoon sun light beams through the doors of the Sunday School Edition at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The afternoon sun light beams through the doors of the Sunday School Edition at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The afternoon sun light beams through the doors of the Sunday School Edition at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The afternoon sun light beams through the doors of the Sunday School Edition at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The afternoon light shines through the stain glass window of the nursery at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The afternoon light shines through the stain glass window of the nursery at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

A marker in the grave yard at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

A marker in the grave yard at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

A plaque outside the Dutch Reformed Church in Port Richmond, Staten Island on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. To the right is the outline of a plague stolen by vandals. (Gordon Donovan)

A plaque outside the Dutch Reformed Church in Port Richmond, Staten Island on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. To the right is the outline of a plague stolen by vandals. (Gordon Donovan)

The front facade  of the Reformed Church features a portico with twin sets of flanking brick pilasters and a central pair of fluted Doric order columns in Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The front facade of the Reformed Church features a portico with twin sets of flanking brick pilasters and a central pair of fluted Doric order columns in Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The early morning light enters the Sunday School addition at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013.(Gordon Donovan)

The early morning light enters the Sunday School addition at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013.(Gordon Donovan)

Graves surround the grounds of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. Every Memorial and Veterans Day the church honor veterans who served this country as far back as the Revolutionary War. (Gordon Donovan)

Graves surround the grounds of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. Every Memorial and Veterans Day the church honor veterans who served this country as far back as the Revolutionary War. (Gordon Donovan)

The Sunday School addition building at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013.(Gordon Donovan)

The Sunday School addition building at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013.(Gordon Donovan)

The entrance of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The entrance of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

A plaque outside the Dutch Reformed Church in Port Richmond, Staten Island on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

A plaque outside the Dutch Reformed Church in Port Richmond, Staten Island on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

A view of the balcony and ceiling of the Sunday School addition of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

A view of the balcony and ceiling of the Sunday School addition of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The crawl space under the Sunday School Edition of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The crawl space under the Sunday School Edition of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The oldest marked grave in the burial ground in the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The oldest marked grave in the burial ground in the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The afternoon light shines through the stain glass window of the nursery at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The afternoon light shines through the stain glass window of the nursery at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The stain glass window on the alter of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. The glass may have been made by Louis Comfort Tiffany, but is unsigned and authentication would cost $1500.00. (Gordon Donovan)

The stain glass window on the alter of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. The glass may have been made by Louis Comfort Tiffany, but is unsigned and authentication would cost $1500.00. (Gordon Donovan)

A view of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

A view of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

A view of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

A view of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The alter and the piped organ of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The alter and the piped organ of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The stain glass windows of the Sunday School addition of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The stain glass windows of the Sunday School addition of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The early morning light enters the Sunday School addition at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The early morning light enters the Sunday School addition at the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The ceiling with carved wood finished beams of the Sunday School Edition of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

The ceiling with carved wood finished beams of the Sunday School Edition of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

Something interesting can be found in the crawl space under the Sunday School Edition of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)

Something interesting can be found in the crawl space under the Sunday School Edition of the Reformed Church in the historic Port Richmond section of Staten Island, N,Y. on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013. (Gordon Donovan)