Main Street Meanders Through Tough Times
October 17, 2013 by Marjorie Hack/Staten Island Advance
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- It's the southernmost town in New York state, a place that for centuries felt a bit off the beaten track to all but those who lived there. Though the railway stops -- or starts -- in Tottenville, depending on how you view it, the community was considered "the country" long after the rest of Staten Island began to feel urban and suburban.
It was a neighborhood where hands-on oystering thrived for decades; many of its homes are still of the vintage variety and its historical society has recently raised its profile, singing the neighborhood's praises from a storefront in the village.
Working to shore up Main Street in Staten Island's Tottenville section
August 24, 2013 BySTATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Once a beacon of local commerce, services and social gatherings, Main Street has drifted into a realm of irrelevance as one big-box development after another opens its doors to South Shore customers. One long-standing South Shore organization is looking to restore the street's glory days as a thriving, small-town destination.
Tiny Staten Island congregation able to repair roof of 130-year-old church, after Sandy swept through
April 24, 2013 By
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October, the roof of the 130-year-old landmarked Magyar Reformed Church was cause of concern for the Charleston church's small congregation.
The eight members had little money in its treasury, but needed to fix the roof after a tree crashed through the rear of it.
"We never thought we'd be able to do it," said Linda Hauck, president of the church council.
In switch, boy's star will rise at Staten Island school
April 13, 2013 By
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Right this way, John Hudson Dilgen, your class is waiting.
The city Department of Education has relented and will make special accommodations for the 10-year-old -- who suffers from a painful medical condition that limits his mobility -- to attend Totten Intermediate School come fall.
"Oh, gosh, we are beyond excited it will happen," said John Hudson's mother, Faye Dilgen of Tottenville. "This is also a win-win for other children and families on the South Shore."
The accommodations will include an entrance ramp, first-floor access with air-conditioned rooms and, eventually, an elevator, said department spokeswoman Margie Feinberg.
Homeowners from Staten Island's Tottenville section asking for a buyout of their own
Published: March 6, 2013 By Kiawana Rich/Staten Island Advance
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Some residents of Tottenville want exactly what the Oakwood Beach community has: A promise from the state to buy out their Hurricane Sandy-damaged homes.
To that end, the newly formed Tottenville Buyout Committee met Tuesday night for the first time, in Our Lady Help of Christians R.C. Church.
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- Holiday Time!
- On Staten Island's post-Sandy shores, long-forgotten structures have resurfaced
- Spirits Moving on Staten Island
- Some TLC for Staten Island's Conference House Park
- Staten Island's Magyar Reformed Church has 129 years of history
- It's official: New Staten Island Railway access for Tottenville
- Year later, pavilion....still closed
- A Boat and a Train to the Colonial Past
- Last Stop: Tottenville