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Many people who come to New York City have never heard of Staten Island. We are one of the five boroughs that make up New York City. The "city" that everyone thinks of is Manhattan Island.

Of the five boroughs, Staten Island is the "jewel" of New York City. Nicknamed the "borough of parks", it is the most rural of New York City's boroughs making it a bit tricky to navigate.

It's true that there are many Italian-Americans on Staten Island but it is very diverse in culture, religion and race. Many Staten Islanders migrated from Brooklyn, including myself at the age of 4.

There are many things to do and see on Staten Island. Come to Staten Island to ride the bicycle paths and see the beautiful scenery. Bicycle map (need Adobe Acrobat software)
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Quick stats of Staten Island

The following information is provided by the Staten Island Econoimc Development Corporation and the NY Times.

*Population 463,448
*Median Age 35.98 years
*Median Houshold Income $59,392
*Median Household Net Worth $44,201
*Total Housing Units = 169,035
*Homeownership Rate= 64% Own, 36% Rent
*10,000 businesses
*2,000 Developable Commercial and Industrial Acres
*40 Cultural Institutions

The picture to the side is a 1930's Staten Island Fire Engine taken at a fair on the Mount Loretto grounds.

Navigating Staten Island

Alot of people are intimidated when coming to Staten Island. It is best navigated by car.

There are four main roads on Staten Island that will connect you to just about everything. Here is a Map of Staten Island main roads

Both Hyland Blvd. and Amboy road run from Southern most S.I. on a Northeastern route on S.I.. Most Parks can be found near or on Hylan Blvd.

Richmond Ave. runs from the middle of S.I. straight North. Richmond Ave. crosses Hylan Blvd, Amboy Road and Victory Blvd. It also has connections to the Richmond Pkwy (connects to Outerbridge Crossing) and the Staten Island Expwy (connects to Verrazzano Br., Goethals Br. and Bayonne Br.) The Staten Island Mall and many other shopping centers are on Richmond Ave.

Victory Blvd runs straight East/West through the center of S.I. You can connect to the West Shore Expy,cross Richmond Ave., Staten Island Expy and Staten Island Ferry on this road.

As you can probably tell. All the "main roads" that take you through Staten Island crisscross each other at some point and are accessable to all the main highways on Staten Island. You can not get lost as everything is close to these main roads.
The picture to the side is a 1970's Staten Island Fire Engine taken at a fair on the Mount Loretto grounds.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great Parks, plenty of good restaurants, close to Manhattan
  • Cons:Inconvenient Public Transportation
  • In a nutshell:Great place to take in Nature and learn about America's and Staten Island's History.
  • Last visit to Staten Island: Sep 2004
  • Intro Updated Sep 25, 2004
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  • moiraistyx's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2006 at 7:36 PM

    I didn't know SI had all that stuff to do. Nice job.

  • yumi53's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2005 at 10:17 AM

    Too pitiful that I didn't get to visit your home town Staten Island when I visited NYC... Next time..:) Hopefully will be SOON :) Oh BTW, tks for your nice message! :) yumi*

  • jo104's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2005 at 7:52 AM

    just forwarded your page to my friends who are off to NYC & although he used to live there still areas unknown

  • kooka3's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2005 at 6:56 PM

    I almost went to Wagner College . . . I've often wondered what I missed out on by not choosing it and experience life on Staten Island. Thanks for the tips!

  • keida84's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2005 at 7:52 AM

    Hello, my mother went to Fordham nursing school (Staten Island) many years ago. Your 911 tip is a heartbreaker. Beautiful pages. Kat

  • damaris05's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2004 at 1:29 PM

    beautiful serene places!

  • cazz38's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2004 at 3:10 PM

    Great information on your home town sounds a lovely place to live.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2004 at 1:59 PM

    Lots of great reasons to make your NYC base offshore;-]

  • madamx's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2004 at 5:42 PM

    I've been eyeing Staten Island as a place to stay for a visit to New York, but it looks like there's some interesting things to see in itself :o) ~ Helen

  • kazander's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2004 at 5:44 AM

    This is a wonderful page! I really don't know anything about Staten Island, (well I didn't until i read your page) looks like it's definately worth a trip over!!!

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