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Spring Outing: Historic Richmond Town

**  RSVP 'yes' if you are CERTAIN you can join us.  Otherwise DO NOTHING.  **

Note:  Will waitlist any signup who has a habit of 'no showing in events' not bothering to inform the host in favor of other members if this event approaches full capacity.

In the heart of Staten Island, there is a hidden place where the past can still be experienced with all your senses. The story of Richmond Town reveals layers of the past, and the lives of ordinary people connected to each other in many ways. From its beginning as a rural crossroad, through its development as county seat, to its place as a rustic outpost within New York City, this has been a community of people living and working together.

The history of Richmond Town dates back to as early as 1600's, when the town was first established as a crossroads settlement among the scattered farms of Staten Island.  It grew into the government center of Staten Island through the years.

Although Richmond Town had lost its importance politically in the early 1900's, it soon became the center of the local preservation movement and developed into a museum village.

Today there are 27 buildings within the museum village (map), many of which have been restored and are open for touring. You can see furnished interiors, formal exhibitions, and demonstrations of daily activities of early Staten Islanders on a seasonal, scheduled basis.

Schedule of events

We will be meeting outside of Staten Island Ferry Terminal @ Whitehall Street, Manhattan and take the 30 minute free ride (11:30am departure) to Staten Island St. George Terminal.  The S74 bus from St. George Terminal to Richmond Town takes Metrocard  for fare.  I suggest you bring your own lunch because I am not familiar with what's available in the museum.

Please be on time as we will not wait for latecomers.  So, if you miss the ferry, you will have to travel on your own and catch the S74 bus to Richmond Road and St. Patrick's Place to look for us.

If you intend to travel to the museum by means of other transportations instead, please leave me a message in the comments section and wait for us at the entrance around 12:45 to 1pm.

Museum Hours are from 1pm to 5pm with guided tour available at 2:00pm and 3:30pm respectively.  Admission fee is $8 for adults.  We are planning to catch the 5:30pm bus back to Staten Island Ferry St. George Terminal.  (Bus departs every hour if anybody wants to leave early.)  I have no plans for dinner after the ferry ride back to Manhattan but if the group feels up to it, we can always travel to Chinatown for some cheap dinner.

Staten Island Ferry Schedulehttp://www.siferry.com/SIFerry_Schedules.aspx

S74 bus schedulehttp://web.mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/staten/s074cur.pdf


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  • Mike

    Fun day out with a great crowd, so tired today maybe we shouldn't have ordered that second pitcher =)

    April 14, 2014

    • Sabrina

      Darn, you guys really went for alcohol after I left? haha

      April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was good meeting everyone! I had a fun time and hope to join you all for another meetup soon.

    April 14, 2014

  • Eddie C

    What a fun-filled day! The tour was amazing. I'm glad you dragged us out to SI, Sabrina. It was a great idea! I learned a lot. And thanks to Mike for the delicious dinner in Chinatown. I'm so tired now. Lol

    April 13, 2014

    • Sabrina

      Surprisingly fun today. Felt like I was in grade school again. Thank you all for showing up. If not for your expert knowledge in Staten Island, Eddie, I would be a train wreck 10 times over. Many thanks. :)

      April 14, 2014

  • jen

    Thanks Sabrina and Eddie for organizing. Great day with great people. Thanks mike for great food

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Tina

    Thanks Sabrina for organizing a fun day out, and Mike for taking us to yummy food!

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • UV

    I had a great time with the group. Will definitely come out more often... thanks Sabrina for organizing :)

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Yanique

    Catching the 12pm ferry. Will see you all at the entrance. :-)

    April 13, 2014

  • Sabrina

    If you can't find us and you are on the Staten Island ferry now, look for us on the S74 bus station.

    April 13, 2014

  • Sabrina

    We are going onto the ferry now.

    April 13, 2014

  • Sabrina

    I am right at the inside of the entrance. I am wearing a grey vest, brown/red florals scarf. If just in case you can't find us. Get onto the 11:30 ferry first and then call Eddie. Thanks.

    April 13, 2014

  • Sabrina

    Event info and organizers' contact numbers sent by email. Please read before you come to the event tomorrow. Thanks.

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Rahul

    Hi Sabrina,
    Sorry i won't be able to make it tomorrow.
    I am working this weekend :(

    April 12, 2014

    • Sabrina

      It's ok. Thanks for letting me know. See you next time.

      April 12, 2014

  • Laurie

    Sorry I can't make it. I have to work. :(

    April 11, 2014

    • Sabrina

      It's totally cool Laurie. It's not like you pull a late cancellation or no show. Don't worry, see you next time.

      2 · April 11, 2014

  • Sabrina

    A reminder, I can't stress enough we are on a very tight schedule for ferry ride. Unless you are driving to Richmond Town (please be certain you let me know here or through email), if you are late for the 11:30am departure, you are on your own to travel to Richmond Town and all the information is listed here.

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Ro

    Sorry. I can't go on the 13th.

    March 29, 2014

    • Ro

      No worries. Spring is like this...raining every other day.

      March 29, 2014

    • Sabrina

      After walking through numerous puddles and constantly getting splashed by cars before I can make it home today, I am going to hibernate for the rest of the weekend. >_<

      March 29, 2014

  • Mario

    Oooops, I have tickets for Men of La Mancha at 16h on April 13th... Next time!

    March 29, 2014

  • Laurie

    Do you know when you will decide whether to postpone? Will we know by tomorrow afternoon?

    March 28, 2014

    • Neil

      Its looks that its going to rain all day long :(

      March 28, 2014

    • Joel

      For what it's worth: as of 7 P.M. March 28th, Accuweather.com calls for showers from 12 Noon to 5 P.M. March 30th.

      March 28, 2014

  • Mario

    Hey Sabrina,

    That would be great because it is the end of the quarter and it does not look like I will be finished with my grades and comments. Should I modify my RSVP to NO or just wait...?

    March 27, 2014

    • Sabrina

      It's ok. Mario, just wait. You let me know ahead of time already, and I really appreciate it. :)

      March 27, 2014

  • Sabrina

    Weather fordcast says there's a 50% chance of rain on Sunday. I might pospone the event to the Sunday after if the forecast stays that way. Keeping my fingers crossed. Stay tuned.

    1 · March 27, 2014

    • Sabrina

      I can't do April 6th because I am committed to a friend's get together that day. Sorry. Let's hope we don't need to change the date.

      March 27, 2014

    • Sabrina

      Actually none of the event hosts are available April 6th afternoon...

      March 27, 2014

  • Nisha

    Any plans for dinner or drinks when we get back?
    I know some places in Financial District near Staten Island Ferry we can go to

    March 27, 2014

    • Sabrina

      There's no firm plan for dinner, but my thought was to walk up to Chinatown and have some soup dumplings. Somewhere in FD is good too. We will play by the ear.

      1 · March 27, 2014

    • Nisha

      Chinatown is like a 20 min walk. But I'm cool with that!

      March 27, 2014

  • Paul

    OMG. This event is so early :(

    1 · March 25, 2014

    • Ro

      Sabrina it kind of is for a Sunday lol :P. That's why they call it lazy Sunday :-). But I don't want to miss out on this adventure with you guys so I'll get up "early". Just don't stay out too late on Saturday, Paul ;).

      1 · March 26, 2014

    • Sabrina

      Oh well, I am making time for the soup kitchen on Saturday. That's why I only organize events on Saturday when I have no other alternatives or if it's after 4pm. Sorry :(

      March 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this. I'll be meeting everyone there.

    March 26, 2014

  • Erik

    Wish I wasn't working. :(

    March 22, 2014

    • Sabrina

      Call in sick :D, just kidding.

      2 · March 22, 2014

    • Gary

      No..she wasn't kidding. ...lol

      2 · March 23, 2014

  • Chris B

    This has been on my to do list for a very long time. I can't go on this day but I would be very interested in hearing from you all how this easy/hard it works out because I want to host a meetup for it eventually. I was under the impression this place was only open on special days? Is it open all the time now?

    1 · March 21, 2014

    • Ro

      Sure, we'll let you know

      1 · March 21, 2014

    • Sabrina

      @ Chris, opening hours are from Wednesday to Sunday, 1-5pm

      2 · March 21, 2014

  • Ro

    Yay! I've been wanting to check out Staten Island lol. This looks really cool.

    1 · February 24, 2014

    • Sabrina

      Me too. This will be the first time I am taking the Staten Island Ferry after all these years in NYC. ><

      1 · February 24, 2014

    • Ro

      I've actually taken it a couple of times but only for the free ride back and forth. I never actually got off on Staten Island. LOL!

      1 · February 24, 2014

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