NYC Marathon’s Starting Block Returns to Fort Wadsworth and More Stories On Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — On this episode of the OnSI podcast… on your marks, go! The starting block for the New York City Marathon returned to Staten Island for the postponed 50th running of one of the most famous races in the world. While it was a smaller field that assembled in Fort Wadsworth than in years past, it still was a big stride toward a greater sense of normalcy.

Also this month, the Island’s holiday shopping season has shown signs of strength as retailers look to bounce back from pandemic-induced losses of 2020. How the South Shore Business Improvement District plans to assist this year by shining a spotlight on local establishments.

Plus, this episode’s “Local Hero of the Month” is a community leader who always looked to elevate the borough by being a positive influence to so many of its residents. And, why even after death he remains a force for good.

Photo of Historic Richmond Town’s Third County Courthouse by OnSI’s Alex Roldán.

OnSI is made possible with funding from Tom and Suzanne Crimmins, owners of Tom Crimmins Realty, the Staten Island-based real estate firm that has made a name for itself for more than a decade as a local, independent, family-run business that knows the neighborhoods it serves.

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OnSI is an independently-owned podcast and digital publisher for Staten Island, New York, with a focus on sharing stories from the community. We are nonpartisan, nonjudgmental, and eternally optimistic about the future of New York City’s oft-forgotten corner.

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