Martin Luther King Weekend Things To Do on Staten Island NYC
Things To Do on Staten Island over the MLK Day Weekend
MLK Weekend Weather in NYC as of 1.9.24. Sunrise 7.19 am / Sunset 4.52 pm on MLK Day. The temperature highs will be in the high 40's on Friday, the high 50's on Saturday and descending to the mid 30's on Sunday and Monday. The temperature lows will be around 40 on Friday and then around 30 the rest of the weekend. There's a 100% chance of an inch and a half of rain on Friday evening beginning around 7 pm, and the possibility of some rain or snow Monday evening after 7 pm. The humidity will be in the 60% - 80% range on Friday, the 50% - 60% range on Saturday, the 40% - 50% range on Sunday and the 50% - 60% range on Monday. The winds will rise from 10 to 22 mph on Friday, hover about 19 mph on Saturday, and then fall back to 12 - 16 mph Sunday, and dropping again to 7 - 8 mph on Monday.
Brief History of Martin Luther King Holiday in NYC
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist Minister who became the leading voice for African Americans' non-violent civil rights movement beginning in the mid 1950's through to his assassination in 1968. In 1983, the third Monday of every year was set aside to honor Martin Luther King for his service to the nation. The third Monday was chosen, as it was the nearest Monday to the anniversary of King's birthday, which was January 15, 1929.
Martin Luther King Day has grown to take on an even larger meaning, as it is oftentimes referred to as a day on, versus a day off. Organizations around the city and nation have used the day to call people into action to address the needs of the community through volunteering and service.
As Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday, it's worth keeping in mind that many / most federal offices will be closed, along with a number of businesses.
Martin Luther King Holiday Special Events in the Staten Island NYC
Monday, January 15, 2024 beginning at 12 noon, 1 pm & 2 pm - The Roots of Rhythm - at the Staten Island Children’s Museum in the Snug Harbor Cultural Center at 1000 Richmond Terrace on Staten Island. They describe the event as follows, " ... A guest artist from S’Cool Sounds will teach visitors about a variety of exciting percussion instruments and their geographic origins! Come learn to play different rhythms and interact using key musical elements such as dynamics, tone, call and response, unison, and improvisation ...". Free w/ admission.
The SI Children's Museum also offers a one day fun camp on MLK Day from 9 am - 4 pm. The Fun Day Camp is described as follows, " ... science experiments, art making, outdoor exploring, exhibit play and much more! We offer a light-hearted experience that appreciates and builds on the strengths of each camper. The camps are for ages 5 – 9 ...". Admission $85 / $70. Last day to register is January 11, 2024. https://www.sichildrensmuseum.org/day-camps-for-school-breaks/
Monday, January 15, 2024 from 1 to 3 pm - MLK National Day of Service / Coastal Clean Up at Snug Harbor. They describe the event as follows, "... Volunteer with the Stewardship Team to protect coastal areas at Snug Harbor! Volunteers will help us remove debris from the coastline creating a healthier ecosystem ...". You must pre-register and children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. This is an NYC Parks Department and Snug Harbor Cultural Center collaboration. For details and to register see - https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2024/01/15/mlk-day-of-service-snug-harbor-coastal-cleanup or https://snug-harbor.org
Monday, January 15, 2024 from 10.30 am to 1 pm - 1st Annual Black Leadership Brunch. A gathering of community leaders of African descent, including clergy, to break bread and discuss how to empower African American communities on Staten Island. At the Pavilion on the Terrace at 404 Richmond Terrace on Staten Island. Organized by Staten Island Black Heritage group. For details about the organizer see - https://siblackheritageday.com and for $38 brunch tickets see - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1st-annual-mlk-day-leadership-brunch-tickets-785468476357
This weekend between January 13 - 15, 2024 - Make Your Own Day of Civic Action. There are multiple opportunities to help with food distribution through non-profit panties throughout many neighborhoods on Staten Island. Here is one notable suggestion - https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/ny-staten_island
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Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend Events on Staten Island NYC
Things To Do on Staten Island Over The Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend
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Art Exhibits & Cultural Events on Staten Island NYC
Things To Do over the Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend on Staten Island
Click here to view some of the in-progress art exhibits on Staten Island over the Martin Luther King Day weekend.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center at 1000 Richmond Terrace is open. As mentioned above, the Staten Island Children's Museum is open Martin Luther King Day. www.snug-harbor.org.
The Alice Austen House at 2 Hylan Blvd is open over the weekend between the hours of 11 am and 5 pm, but closed on Monday, Martin Luther King Day. They don't have any exhibit dedicated to the holiday as many Staten Island cultural institutions are fairly modest in size and scope. www.aliceausten.org.
The Jacques Marchais Tibetan Museum at 338 Lighthouse Avenue is open from 1 pm to 5 pm over the weekend, but closed Monday. They don't have any special exhibit dedicated to the holiday as many Staten Island cultural institutions are fairly modest in size and scope.
The Garibaldi Meucci Museumis located at 420 Tompkins Avenue in the Rosebank neighborhood of Staten Island.
The Lighthouse Museum at 200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point in the St. George neighborhood - www.lighthousemuseum.org.
There's also the Staten Island Zoo at 614 Broadway in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Staten Island.
In the photo to your right is one of the galleries at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Richmond Terrace.
Dance, Theater & Music Things To Do on Staten Island NYC
Martin Luther King Day Weekend Events
Click here to view the Theatre section of the Staten Island Events Calendar to see what's doing this Martin Luther King Day weekend in theater on Staten Island NYC.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center at 1000 Richmond Terrace is open.
The St. George Theatre at 35 Hyatt Street in the St. George neighborhood doesn't have anything planned over the holiday weekend as many Staten Island cultural institutions are fairly modest in size and scope - and the winter is the off season. They offer a monthly movie series.
I didn't find anything for MLK Day at Staten Island CUNY and the St. John's University Extension this year 2023.
An example of an interesting venue is shown in the photo to your right, where the XYZ Company is performing at the St. George Theatre on Staten Island NYC.
Staten Island Historic Sites, Historical Societies & Museums
Historic Richmond Town dates back to the mid 1800's as well as into Colonial times. They are open every weekend, but their thrust is Colonial America so they don't have much by way of themed events related to Martin Luther King.
The Conference House is where the Americans, led by Benjamin Franklin, met with the British in an effort to pursue a negotiated settlement regarding taxation and personal liberties to avert the American Revolutionary War. Thankfully, they were unsuccessful. Like Historic Richmond Town, the thrust of this institution is colonial America and this is the off season.
Martin Luther King Day Weekend Shopping on Staten Island NYC
This is a great weekend to do a bit of shopping. Staten Island is a fun place to shop, especially over a long weekend weather. Click here to view our section about Staten Island shopping section.
The Staten Island Mall, along with the shopping available at the Empire Outlets Mall at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, are both good places to go shopping.
In the photo at right is the Staten Island Mall in / near the New Springville / Heartland Village neighborhoods.
Martin Luther King Day / MLK Day Weekend Dining on Staten Island NYC
If you know where to look, the food in the Staten Island has always been good. The variety of restaurant choices is difficult to match anywhere, and if you look carefully, you can find good food at reasonable prices too.
Click here to view the Staten Island Restaurants NYC section of the site, which includes reviews of the restaurants we've selected to review. As of this writing, we've identified some of our old favorites, but haven't done the deep dive yet.
Click here to view our Staten Island New Years party restaurants and click here to view our Staten Island Halloween party restaurants as together these sections should help you find a number of appealing dining options.
Martin Luther King Day Weekend Events on Staten Island
You can visit the Staten Island theaters, performing arts centers & art museums, go shopping on Staten Island NYC, and eat out at one of the Staten Island restaurants.
Click here to obtain information about things to do Memorial Day Weekend on Staten Island. And our things to do / Staten Island events calendar is updated monthly with a couple dozen different Staten Island fun / cultural events.
MLK Day Things To Do Brooklyn / Manhattan / Bronx / Queens
And if you feel the urge to visit another borough, here's a list of:
Things to do this weekend on Staten Island NYC
Here's a page of all kinds of things to do over the weekend on Staten Island.
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