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  • A non-profit organization that showcases work by photographers of African, Asian, Latino, and Native American descent.
  • Some Staten Island library branches of the New York Public Library offer classes in English for speakers of other languages.
  • Free English classes in branch libraries on Staten Island, Manhattan and the Bronx.
  • An organization dedicated to exposing students to quality live professional theater, music, puppetry and dance.
  • Coed, preschool-12
  • NYPL offers great numbers of programs every month for children, teenagers and adults. Set the "location" to Staten Island to see just Staten Island events. You can also limit your search by date, age level, and type of programs (such as computer classes or musical programs). All library programs are offered free of charge.
  • Provides statistical information for Bronx County, including Economic Censuses.
  • A NYC Department of Transportation site listing public and privately owned ferries to and from New York City.
  • Learn about ferry service throughout the New York Metropolitan area: between Manhattan and Brooklyn, Manhattan and New Jersey, Manhattan and Staten Island and to Yankees and Mets games.
  • Film Forum is a nonprofit 3-screen cinema located in SoHo. NYC premieres of American independent and foreign art features are presented along with a wide array of repertory and genre programming. This full-service movie house presents challenging, unusual and entertaining films.
  • Information on all Film Society's programs and events, ranging from screenings at Walter Reade Theater to summaries of major events such as the New York Film Festival
  • Look up your state senator by zip code.
  • Users can learn about the historic fireboat, John J. Harvey, as well as support information and upcoming events.
  • Archaeologists and historians rediscover a famous nineteenth-century New York neighborhood.
  • A gallery located on City Island in the Bronx.
  • Established by local tenant and neighborhood leaders in 1980. Formed to prevent the spread of housing deterioration so prevalent in other parts of the Bronx and NYC at the time, the Housing Corporation now provides management and oversight for more than 70 tenant and community controlled buildings with 1400 affordable apartments.
  • Some very old cemeteries on the Island from "Forgotten New York."
  • The hidden city: in advertisements, buildings, signs, and old maps.

  • The Foundation Center Library is a central part of the Foundation Center's mission to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy. The library offers many services including research, grant-writing education programs and other useful programs for non-profit organizations and grant seekers. The website has links to specialized directories and important electronic resources in philanthropy.
  • The Library's mission is to provide access to the varied aspects of the French language and culture. Holdings include 35,000 French-language books on all subjects for all ages and interests, new book releases including all recent French bestsellers, paperbacks, 100 current magazine and newspaper subscriptions, circulating CD-ROMs, audio-cassettes and CDs and fiction and documentary videos.
  • NYC Department of Planning's timetable for development of the Fresh Kills Park.
  • A history and description of the former Fresh Kills landfill and proposals for its future.
  • Its mission has always been to gather photographs of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and illuminated manuscripts executed between the fourth and the mid-twentieth century by European and American artists to collate with each photograph facts relating to the objects history and present location and to create a comprehensive research library for the study of Western art.
  • Contact information for local chapters of the environmental group that operates the Hudson River Sloop "Clearwater", a sailing ship that conducts educational programs along the Hudson River and in New York Bay.
  • Provides updates on the development status of the four sections of Hudson River Park with links to news, events & programs, a photo gallery and a virtual tour.
  • A non-profit group dedicated to preserving the High Line, a 1.5 mile long historic elevated rail structure on the west side of Manhattan.
  • Home page for the Friends of the Upper East Side. This group encompasses five historic districts: Upper East Side, Metropolitan Museum Historic District, Carnegie Hill Historic District, Treadwell Farm Historic District and Henderson Place Historic District. The site is supported by Preserve and Protect.
  • A festival of independent theater.
  • This museum, administrated by the Order Sons of Italy in America, honors Antonio Meucci, who developed the first working telephone in 1857, and Giuseppi Garibaldi, an Italian revolutionary.
  • A guide to one of the world's greatest fashion centers, this elegant site includes a calendar of fashion industry events updated monthly, a clickable map of the area and a searchable directory of fashion related businesses in the Greater New York area.
  • The Gateway National Recreation Area is a 26,000 acre national park with locations surrounding New York Harbor in New York and New Jersey. Gateway site includes links to Staten Island locations at Fort Wadsworth, Miller Field and Great Kills Park. Directions, program listings, rules and information on volunteering and obtaining permits are included.
  • Site includes testing schedules, FAQ's and other valuable information.
  • Current information on GED (General Educational Development) Tests from the State Education Department.

  • A collection of short reports and image libraries about the natural history of the New York Bight region.
  • Island geological history.
  • A guide to finding some of Staten Island's more unusual rocks.
  • The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation promotes the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the performing arts, and by supporting research libraries and other institutions that preserve the resources which transmit this cultural heritage.
  • Lots of New York City activities for children.
  • History, statistics and photos of the bridge.
  • New York City news and policy.
  • Provides a description and history of the island as well as a general management plan.
  • Provides in-depth information on the Gowanus Canal located in Brooklyn, including its history, the neighborhood, wildlife and a canal map. Users can learn about upcoming activities some of which include canoeing and bicycle tours on the waterfront.
  • The center offers access to the greenbelt's hiking trails and a variety of programs and exhibits.
  • A community orchestra established in 1986 featuring players from all walks of life who bring great music to audiences at affordable ticket prices. Information is provided for talented musicians looking to play with a community orchestra, people interested in volunteer work with a performing musical group, and music lovers in search of schedule information.
  • Community organization founded in 1980 to preserve the architectural and cultural history of the Village. The site includes information about preservation leadership, public programs, education, preservation awards and a history of the village.
  • The Spanish language version of "A Guide to Free Food and Assistance-Staten Island," published by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.
  • Bowling in the Bronx.
  • Daily motorcoach service between Manhattan and Long Island beaches.
  • This near surface current velocity vector plot was created from the latest NYOFS nowcast for the New York Harbor.
  • Current Velocity Forecast in the Harbor: An animated chart of each day's currents, hour by hour.
  • An online exhibition from The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library.
  • From the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) Directory of Health Care Facilities. Includes links to adult day care facilities, certified home health agencies, diagnostic and treatment centers, hospices, hospitals, long-term home health agencies, and nursing facilities.
  • Health plus is a not-for-profit health care plan committed to quality health care and dedicated to the health and well-being of our culturally-diverse communities through partnership with members, providers and communitiy-based organizations.
  • This site is composed of a series of pages that are the outgrowth of Highbridge residents working to re-establish their neighborhood as a viable, meaningful and safe haven for all who reside there. Here you will find parts of the story "Collective Inspiration" written by Highbridge residents ranging from 13 to 90 years of age. Also available are articles about Highbridge as well as historical and present-day photographs of the neighborhood.
  • A city-wide grassroots organization dedicated to historic district communities and the Landmarks Law that protects them.
  • "Forgotten New York's" tour of old houses in St. George, New Brighton and Stapleton.
  • The Historic House Trust of New York City has information on four historic houses in the Bronx: the Bartow-Pell Mansion, Poe Cottage, the Valentine-Varian House, and the Van Cortlandt House.
  • History of the air base at Miller Field in New Dorp from 1919-1969.
  • Take a stroll through history at this 100-acre village featuring buildings representing 300 years of StatenIsland life, including the oldest schoolhouse still standing (built 1695). In season, costumed craftspeoplere-enact life in colonial times, depicting typical chores, crafts, and trade.
  • "Historic Richmond Town is New York City's living history village and museum complex. Visitors can explore the diversity of the American experience, especially that of Staten Island and its neighboring communities, from the colonial period to the present." The Staten Island Historical Society (SIHS) collects and preserves materials of everyday life including artifacts, archives and buildings. It conducts and promotes research based on these collections.
  • Histories of notable buildings on Staten Island from the Metropolitan Historic Structures Association.
  • Catalog listings of over 20 local newspapers on microfilm, dating back to the 1800s from the New York State Newspaper Project, including: Richmond County Sentinel, Richmond County Standard, Staten Island Gazette, Deutsche Staten Islander, Richmond County Herald, Staten Islander, Black Reign Community Newspaper, Staten Island Advance, Staten Island Independent, Staten Island Register, Staten Island Transcript, Staten Island World and more.
  • Learn the history of local parks and monuments. The texts of hundreds of signs, which are posted in Island parks, are included here. (Click "enter" at the parks Department page)
  • An illustrated tour of some of Staten Island's famous historical sites written by Barnett Shepherd.
  • An extensive history of Staten Island up through 1887 by Richard Bayles.
  • Tracing genealogical records from the public hospitals on Staten Island and Hoffman and Swinburne Islands.
  • HopStop.com provides door to door subway and bus directions for getting around New York City.
  • Search the online catalog. Students can also utilize many online databases. The library is located on Grimes Hill on the Wagner College Campus.
  • The Library collects material on practical horticulture, garden design, and garden history. Represented within these broad categories are: Specific Plants and Groups of Plants, Urban Horticulture, Gardening with Children, Indoor Gardening, Folklore of Flowers and Plants, Botanical Illustration, Flower Arranging, Careers in Horticulture, Plant Exploration, and Basic Botany. The collection contains nearly 12,000 volumes, subscriptions to 125 periodicals, more than 200 current nursery, seed and supply catalogues and hundreds of ready-reference files.
  • Located at 450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street. For more information call (718) 518-4455.
  • Buildings that have recently received New York City Landmark status include: Public School 28, Port Richmond Branch of The New York Public Library, Stephens-Prier House, 120th Police Precinct Headquarters, Louis A. and Laura Stirn House, August and Augusta Shoverling House, Staten Island Family Courthouse, and the Edwards-Barton House. Buildings receiving NYC landmark status between April 1965 and February 1998 are listed in The Guide to New York City Landmarks.
  • A wealth of information for recreational fishermen in the New York Bight area and surrounding water systems including fishing reports, trips and contests, charter boats, launch ramp locations, water conditions, tackle shop locations and a striper size calculator.
  • Provides text and images detailing the maritime history of the Hudson River Valley covering topics such as lighthouses, steamboats and prominent individuals connected to the area.
  • Connects to the S89 bus line (Staten Island to Bayonne)and to PATH trains and New Jersey based ferry routes to Manhattan. The site includes information on fares, ticketing and park and ride options.
  • Information from the Bronx Tourism Council about upcoming events and numerous tourist attractions in the Bronx.
  • The real Ichabod Crane, inspiration for the name of Washington Irving's schoolteacher in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", is buried on Staten Island. The site includes additional information about Merrill, Lake and New Springville Cemeteries.
  • An online exhibition of charcoal drawings and paintings by Leslie Lowinger.
  • Infoshare aggregates demographic as well as school and business data. This website will allow you to construct comparison reports down to the block level.
  • The library houses a collection of more than 600,000 items including books, periodicals, videos, records, tapes and digital material with a focus on Spain and Latin America.
  • "The Staten Island Inter-Agency Council for Aging (IAC) is an advocacy group established to identify and address the needs of Staten Island's elderly population. The Inter-Agency Council for Aging is comprised of over 65 organizations whose mission is to facilitate and promote programs and services for our aging population."
  • Provides detailed information about the former aircraft carrier USS Intrepid turned museum, its exhibits, programs and upcoming events.
  • Features information on major sites such as the George Washington Bus Terminal, Church of the Intercession, Audubon Ballroom Complex and the Trinity Cemetery.

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