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Staten Island

Staten Island
Staten Island [Dutch 'Staaten Eylandt'] is the least populated but the fastest growing borough of the New York City with current population of around 500 000 people. Staten Island is the most southern part of both - New York City and New York State. 
 
At the same time the island is twice bigger than Manhattan and as a result, the population density is relatively small, Staten Island is the most suburban of all New York boroughs with majority of houses being private 1-3 floor buildings.

Low population density and some of the government projects resulted in Staten Island being very green, with lots of grass, trees, parks, wetlands and even forests inhabited with birds and animals. The air is much cleaner there than anywhere else in the City.

The borough is connected to Manhattan via free Staten Island Ferry, to Brooklyn with the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and to New Jersey with several bridges. There is no direct road connection to Manhattan and the only way to go there by car or a bus is through Brooklyn or New Jersey.

Being a part of the New York City, Staten Island transit system that includes local busses, express busses and Staten Island Railway is controlled and operated by MTA. Some of the local buses are connecting Staten Island to Brooklyn and Bayonne, express busses let people travel to Manhattan. The railway, that uses same cars as New York subway, goes from the north shore, right from the St George ferry terminal down to the most southern part - Tottenville. The railway is free, except 2 stations - St George / Ferry terminal and Tompkinsville, where MetroCard turnstiles are installed.

The most remarkable point of interest on Staten Island is a 2.5 miles FDR Boardwalk, fourth longest in the world with life-guarded beaches, dedicated bike/roller blade path, baseball and soccer fields, children playgrounds, radio controlled machine track, a boccie area, restaurant and ice cream cafe. 3-4 times a year, during the summer, firework shows are held near the boardwalk. Colorful fire flowers growing right from the open ocean in the night sky are breathtaking! 

Another interesting place on the island is the Greenbelt - huge forest-like park in the middle of the island with several lakes and pathways. The park is much bigger than Central Park in Manhattan, has much more trees and animals living in there.

Other points of interest are Fort Wadsworth with a very beautiful view of the New York Bay, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Verrazano Bridge, Wolfe's Pond Park, Great Kills Park, Staten Island Museum in St George, Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island Zoo.

Chesme Church Staten Island Ferry

The most famous ferry in the world. Free and unforgettable.

New York City, New York, USA

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Staten Island Boardwalk F.D.R Boardwalk and the Beach

A place to joggle, walk, swim, sunbath, fish, play games, ride a bike, rest, dine, relax and enjoy life!

Staten Island, New York City, USA

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Fort Wadsworth Fort Wadsworth

An old fortress guarding New York City.

Staten Island, New York City, USA

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Staten Island Greenbelt High Rock Park Greenbelt: High Rock Park

Source of fresh and clean air, miles of paths, ocean of greenery - a true forest right in the City.

Staten Island, New York City, USA

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Staten Island Greenbelt LaTourette Park Greenbelt: LaTourette Park

A part of the Staten Island Greenbelt system, beautiful park with bike paths and golf fields.

Staten Island, New York City, USA

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Conference House Park Tottenville / Conference House Park

The most southern part of New York State, City and Staten Island borough.

Staten Island, New York City, USA

Part 1: Conference House
Part 2: The Park
Staten Island Fireworks Fireworks on Staten Island

Fire-flowers growing from the deep ocean waters in to the night sky.

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Chesme Church Staten Island Ferry: Evening and Night

Views from the Staten Island Ferry in the evening and night.

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