Established in 1839, St. Peter's is the oldest Catholic parish on Staten Island. The original church building here, dating back to 1844, was destroyed by a fire in the 1890s; the current church was erected in 1900-01.
Built between 1874 and 1885 as a carriage house and servants' quarters
Here's how Christopher Gray of the NY Times describes this circa 1887 house: "It is awkwardly spectacular, a mix of tight-lipped Puritanism and freewheeling shingled bumps, with a witch's-hat tower."
The bulk carrier Balder is docked here at the Atlantic Salt Company, which supplies most of NYC's road salt — hundreds of thousands of tons of the stuff. Almost all of the city's salt is of foreign origin; it's cheaper to transport it from other countries by ship than from upstate by train. You can check out some cool shots of Balder's interior here, and see the ship in action (i.e., unloading salt) here.
The official plaque for this city landmark states that it's "the last unaltered survivor" of Hamilton Park, an early "model suburb" built between 1852 and 1874. According to the NY Times, "the subdivision featured cottages of 12 to 14 rooms with carriage drives and provisions for live-in staff. It was a hit with wealthy people from Manhattan, 30 minutes away by steamer, who could entertain themselves at the local yacht club or listen to the legendary Jenny Lind warble from the stage of one of the posh waterfront hotels."