Let a life-long New Yorker take you off the beaten path, through the boroughs as only a New Yorker can. Shore to shore or borough to borough, Carreta Tours can make your vacation into a truly unique experience as you dig deeper into the city on a one-of-a-kind adventure designed for you. Carreta Tours can customize tours for small groups of friends, the lone adventurer, or families. With a personalized tour, explore the history, food, culture, and media of the five boroughs in a group whose size is limited to your party.
Contact 917.699.7004 for more information or find them on TripAdvisor.
Cititrek offers guided walking and shuttle tours of Staten Island by real Staten Islanders. Take in some of Staten Island’s scenic and historic sites or go for a pub crawl. There are tours available of the North Shore, South Shore, St. George, Stapleton, Port Richmond, Tottenville, and Staten Island’s Beaches. Visit their website, http://www.cititrek.com for more information, pricing, and to register for a tour.
Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)
The Guides Association of New York City gives visitors the option of choosing a licensed tour guide that caters to your interests and needs. Tour Staten Island with a customized experience while your personal tour guide points out the abundance of history and nature we have to offer. Explore all the shores of our borough, whatever your interest!
Visit their website for more information: https://www.ganyc.org/
Walking Tours of Moravian Cemetery
Moravian Cemetery was founded in the year 1740. It presently stands on 114 acres of land including 11 miles of roadways and 51 miles of pathways. It has two fresh-water lakes.
When you walk around the cemetery, you will see names of people who have towns, streets, schools, and ferry boats named for them. Some of the cemetery trees are over 250 years old. The cemetery statuary is comparable to sculptures found in museums. The Moravian Cemetery historian, Richard Simpson, offers four different walking tours which take place every Spring and Fall. Private tours can be arranged for families, organizations and groups. For more information:
Staten Island’s Cemeteries
Interred in Staten Island’s hallowed grounds are some interesting characters from the Borough’s past. Today, you are invited to view their final resting place in our many beautiful and serene cemeteries.
On Staten Island, you can also find the final resting place of a famous literary character, Ichabod Crane. The namesake for Washington Irving’s character in “The Legend of Sleepy Hallow,” the real Ichabod Crane was an army major who lived in the 19th Century. He is buried in the New Springville Cemetery in Bulls Head.
One of Staten Island’s oldest burial grounds, the Blazing Star Cemetery in Rossville, has headstones dating from 1750. Adjacent to this cemetery is a graveyard of a different sort: One for ships. Off Staten Island’s coast there are dozens of old ferries, tug boats, and other vessels, slowly decaying. A surreal site to be seen, this boat cemetery is not to be missed.
Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries, Inc. (FACSI) a Staten Island based not-for-profit founded in 1981, is the main source for information on all Staten Island Cemeteries both past and currently active. FACSI maintains the following physical cemetery locations as well as an archive of original records, conducts walking tours and community service volunteer projects:
Staten Island Cemetery
Established: 1847, 3.5 acres
Richmond Terrace & Alaska Street
Established: 1801, 1 acre
Richmond Terrace/Rogers Surveyors Fence
Established 1863, 4 acres
Tompkins Court/Van Street
Van Street Cemetery
Established 1889, 1 acre
Van Street/Gaeta Sanitation Parking Garage
Native American Burial Ground
50ft x 50ft
Located within Staten Island Cemetery
Established 1834, 1.8 acres
Established 1889, 1 acre
Established 1690, 5 acres
Victory Blvd & Glen Street
Old Clove Baptist Cemetery
Established 1802, 2 acres
Clove Road & Richmond Road
Blazing Star Cemetery
Established 1740, 1 acre
Arthur Kill Road
Irish Famine Cemetery
26 Central Avenue (adjacent to the S.I. Court House)
Marine Hospital Quarantine Cemetery
Established 1799-1858, 3 acres
Silver Lake Golf Course
Marine Hospital Quarantine Clifton
Established 1895-1930, 1 acre
Forgotten Acre inside Oceanview Cemetery
Established ~1800, 2 acres
Merrell Avenue & Richmond Avenue
Alms House/Farm Colony Cemetery
Established 1829, 4.5 acres
Jorunay Cemetery}Established ~1800, .5 acre
Established – 1760
Removed to Sylvan Cemetery, Travis
Simonson Family Plot
Established ~1800, .25 acres
St. John’s Lutheran (Inside Cemetery)
980 Richmond Avenue
Learn more about Staten Island’s cemeteries, past and active, along with links to the free on-line burial lists. (Please note the lists are not 100% complete. FACSI continues to provide additional burial lists as they are transcribed.)
Over 20,000 names are transcribed in the Dempsey & Son’s Undertaker records.
Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries, Inc.
158 Myrtle Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10310
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