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The Staten Island Yankees, a short season A affiliate of the New York Yankees began playing in the Richmond County Bank Ballpark. They won their first game there against the Hudson Valley Renegades, 3-1.
In 1897 the ferry began charging 5 cents a ride, in 1972 it was raised to 10 cents, in 1975 it was increased to 25 cents, in 1990 the fare went up to 50 cents, but in 1997 the fare for foot passengers was completely eliminated.
At the time it was the largest landfill in the U.S. (2,200 acres), and Fresh Kills was the city's main landfill and remained so until it was closed in 2001. It was temporarily re-opened after Sept. 11 so debris from the buildings could be placed there.
That election year, voters were asked if they'd like to be part of what was called "The Consolidation," a plan to enlarge New York City by incorporating adjacent communities. Staten Islanders voted 5,531 to 1,105 for the measure.