Presidents Day Weekend Things To Do on Staten Island NYC
UPDATED FOR COVID 2021 - Things To Do Presidents Day Weekend on Staten Island / Events
Presidents Day Weekend Weather. The Temperature highs will be around 30 throughout the three day weekend beginning on Friday, dropping to the high teens nightly, except on Saturday when the low temperature will also be around 30. Precipitation - There's an 80% chance of about two inches of snow late Saturday / early Sunday morning as of this post. Winds will be relatively stable hovering around the 10 mph range throughout the long weekend. The Humidity will range between 60% - 75% throughout the weekend. Click for Staten Island Weather.
The image at right shows a picture of the American colonial representatives, John Adams and Ben Franklin, meeting with a British general at the Conference House on Staten Island, in September of 1776, in an effort to prevent bloodshed and the American Revolutionary War. This occurred just a few months after the colonists declared their independence. And as history would have it - the British monarchy wouldn't negotiate - and five years later the American colonists had won the war.
Presidents Day is a time to reflect on the performance of our current presidents and legislators, and how they stack up against their historical peers. And in that reflection it's worth asking ourselves what we've done to contribute or detract from the national conversation.
A Few Valentines Day / Presidents Day News Items - Indoor Dining Resumes, Folks with Co-Morbidities become Vaccine Eligible, Vaccine Production & 2nd Trump Impeachment Trial Begins Today
Governor Cuomo announced that indoor dining in NYC resumes on Friday, February 2, 2021 at 25% capacity. NYS positivity rate is about 4%, while the NYC positivity rate is about 8% - but both have been declining since the Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year surge began in late November / early December of 2020.
This past weekend, Governor Cuomo announced that folks with CoVid comorbidities will be eligible to receive vaccinations effective Monday, February 15, 2021. According to the Governor's website, the CoVid co-morbidities [say that fast five times] include the following:
"... Cancer, Chronic Kidney Disease, Pulmonary Disease, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Heart Conditions, Immunocompromised State, Severe Obesity, Pregnancy, Sickle Cell Disease or Thalassemia, Type 1 or 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Cerebrovascular Disease, Neurologic Conditions and Liver Disease Will Be Eligible ..."
Vaccine production for the U.S. is nearing the 1.5 million doses daily required to meet Biden's upwardly mobile 100 million vaccinations in the Biden Administration's first 100 days. As of this writing about 10% of all New Yorkers as well as 10% of all Americans have received at least one CoVid vaccination dose.
Trump's Failed Capitol Riot of 2021 Seems Not Unlike Hitler's Failed Beer Hall Putsch of 1923
The second Trump impeachment trial began today, Tuesday, February 9th, 2021. Generally I find the rushing of the trial to be an insult to the American people, and the U.S. Constitution philosophies of due process and rule of law. The government officials prosecuting and managing the trial should take all the time required to educate the American people about who Donald Trump really is - not who he says he is.
They need to use the Impeachment Trial to highlight how Trump has significantly battered our democratic processes, undermined Americans' faith in our democratic institutions, personalized the power of the presidency, breached the rule of law, and appears to have colluded with the Russians to undermine our government over the past five years. Oh, yeah, and it all culminated in that lame Capitol Riot Insurrection which was not unlike and had striking similarities to Hitlers' lame / failed Beer Hall Putsch in Germany in 1923.
Ten years later Hitler rose to power as the Nazi Party leader and proceeded, like Trump did during his presidency, to usurp and personalize the power of the state thanks in part to the Goebbels / Murdoch/propaganda machines which misled the citizenry in each nation about who these two leaders were, and also victimized minorities in both nations. In the Beer Hall Putsch, 16 Nazis and four policemen died. In the Capitol Riot four Trumpsters and one policeman died.
Hitler was found guilty of treason following the Beer Hall Putsch, but still rose to power. Will the Senate take the precaution of sanctioning the Donald, or continue to enable the dysfunctional democracy damager - possibly destroyer?
Brief History of Presidents Day Holiday Staten Island NYC
A day commemorating Lincoln's birthday was first passed in Buffalo, New York in the early 1870's. Presidents Day originated as Washington's Birthday which was a holiday narrowly prescribed for federal government offices in Washington, D.C. in 1879. The holiday was dedicated to honoring the memory of the first American president, George Washington who was born on February 22, 1732.
In 1885 the holiday was expanded to include all federal government offices around the nation. In 1951 there was a push to create a Presidents Day holiday [vs a George Washington's birthday holiday] to include President Lincoln whose birthday is February 12, 1809 and was also celebrated by localities, but it didn't pass.
In 1971 the holiday was moved off of George Washington's birth date to being the third Monday in February. Thus while it never falls upon Washington's birthday 2/22, the official name of the holiday remains Washington's Birthday. But today, most folks refer to it as Presidents Day and to recognize the presidents who honored the U.S. Constitution and served the interests of the people.
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Presidents Day Weekend Things To Do on Staten Island NYC
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The photo at right shows a reenactment of the Civil War done at Historic Richmond Town every summer. The men are acting as Union Army soldiers from Staten Island. Staten Island is home of a fair amount of American historical sites, including Fort Wadsworth at the foot of the Verrazzano Bridge.
Presidents Day Special Events on the Staten Island NYC
NOT 2021 EVENT - On Monday at the Conference Park House Visitors Center from 11 am - 1 pm there's a Presidents Day event. On both days in both places participants will have an opportunity to work with the NYC Parks Department to improve the quality of public green space by making them cleaner, greener and healthier.
NOT 2021 EVENT - On Monday the Staten Island Children's Museum at 1000 Richmond Terrace, located on the grounds of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, is hosting a storytelling session at 11 am and a musical performance at 3 pm, both of which are themed around the U.S. Presidents. The museum offers free admission on this holiday.
Art Exhibits & Cultural Institutions on Staten Island NYC - Things To Do over the Presidents Day Holiday Weekend
Snug Harbor Cultural Center at 1000 Richmond Terrace is open. NOT VALID FOR 2021. As mentioned above, the Staten Island Children's Museum is open Presidents Day with special programming and free entrance.
COVID. Scroll down to next section for CoVid update.
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. They don't have any exhibit dedicated to the holiday as many Staten Island cultural institutions are fairly modest in size and scope.
COVID. The Alice Austen House remains closed for visitors UNLESS they want a private tour Tuesdays - Fridays and on Monday, 2/5/21 Presidents Day. For details see - https://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.
COVID. The Jacques Marchais Tibetan Museum is open Wednesday - Friday by appointment only and open Saturday and Sunday from 1 - 5 pm. They will be closed Presidents Day. For details see - https://www.tibetanmuseum.org/
The Garibaldi Meucci Museum is located at 420 Tompkins Avenue in the Rosebank neighborhood of Staten Island.
COVID. The Garibaldi Meucci Museum is closed until further notice, pending curtailment of the pandemic. For details see - https://www.garibaldimeuccimuseum.com/
There's also the Staten Island Zoo is located at 614 Broadway in the Silver Lake neighborhood.
COVID. They're open from 10 am - 4.45 pm daily via the Clove Road entrance. And the indoor exhibits recently opened. For details see - http://www.statenislandzoo.org/
The Lighthouse Museum has a respository of photos and artifacts of the maritime history of New York City. The museum is located a stone's throw from the St. George Ferry Terminal at 200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point.
COVID. They're open Wednesday - Sunday from 11 am - 4 pm. They have an on site book signing on Sunday, February 28th beginning at 2 pm, but seating is limited. For details see - http://lighthousemuseum.org/
In the photo to your right shows the inside of the Lighthouse Museum near the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island.
Dance, Theater & Music on Staten Island NYC - Things To Do over the Presidents Day Weekend
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Snug Harbor Cultural Center at 1000 Richmond Terrace is open. As mentioned above, the Staten Island Children's Museum is open daily from 6 am - 9 pm [the grounds] including Presidents Day.
COVID. While the grounds remain open to visitors, the individual cultural venues remain closed to in-person events. That said they are doing some online programming and on Saturday, 2/27/21 they're hosting a tour of the grounds. For details see - https://snug-harbor.org/
The St. George Theatre at 35 Hyatt Street in the St. George neighborhood doesn't have anything planned over the Presidents Day weekend as many Staten Island cultural institutions are fairly modest in size and scope - and the winter is the off season. Previously they offered a monthly movie series.
COVID. It seems they are opening for live events beginning on March 6, 2021 with CoVid requirements in place. For details see - https://stgeorgetheatre.com/
I will look into Staten Island CUNY and the St. John's University Extension and hope to have more to report next year.
An example of an interesting venue is shown in the photo to your right - the St George Theater on Staten Island NYC.
Staten Island Historic Sites, Historical Societies & Museums
Staten Island is home to two venerable historic sites - Historic Richmond Town and the Conference House.
Historic Richmond Town dates back to the mid 1800's as well as into Colonial times. They are open every weekend, and their thrust is Colonial America.
COVID. They offer guided tours on the weekend for between 1 - 6 people for $50 by rsvp only. They are currently offering limited programming online and their first onsite event is scheduled for March 6th with CoVid restrictions / guidelines in place. For details see - https://www.historicrichmondtown.org/
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.
COVID. Due to the CoVid pandemic they continue to remain closed, but expect to reopen as the health concerns related to CoVid subside. For details see - https://theconferencehouse.org/
The photo at right shows one of the rooms in the Conference House in the Tottenville neighborhood on the southern tip of Staten Island.
Presidents 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 Staten Island Ferry Terminal are both good places to go shopping for regular items and gift items, respectively.
The photo at right was taken in the Staten Island Mall which is located in the Heartland Village / New Springville neighborhood in the Western section of Staten Island.
Presidents Day Weekend Dining on Staten Island NYC
Staten Island Restaurants for Valentines Day. We recommend you check out our suggestions for dining on Valentines Day at restaurants on Staten Island. This has been updated to reflect individual Staten Island restaurant changes due to the CoVid pandemic, except we've not yet updated the Governor's guidance for a Valentines Day reopening for indoor dining, to the revised guidance allowing Staten Island restaurants to reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity on Friday, February 12, 2021.
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.
The photo to your right shows Coles Dockside restaurant in the Great Kills neighborhood of Staten Island. The Great Kills neighborhood is a popular boating and dining destination on Staten Island.
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.
Staten Island Presidents Day Things To Do - Presidents Day 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.
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