Staten Island is one of the five boroughs of New York City, located on an island of the same name on the west side of the Narrows at the entrance of New York Harbor. It is coterminous with Richmond County, the southernmost county of the State of New York.
The existence of the borough dates from the unification of New York City in 1898. Until 1975, however, the borough was officially known as the Borough of Richmond.
Despite having an estimated population of 463,314 in 2004 (as well as being the fastest growing county in New York State), it has often been termed "the forgotten borough," as it is much less well-known than its four sisters, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. By far the least populated, most ethnically homogeneous, and most remote borough of New York City.
Sights and Activities
The following is a list of some of the possible activities that tourists can experience in Staten Island
Staten Island Botanical Gardens: Located at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, this charming garden complex offers visitors a touch of green on Staten Island. Eighty-six acres highlight an English Perennial Border, a Conservatory, a Butterfly Garden, an Herb Garden and a collection of woodlands and wetlands. Special classes and exhibits offer guests a chance to learn about herbs, plants and other garden-related topics. Tours are self-guided. Small charge to visit the Chinese Scholars Garden and the children's Secret Garden. SIRT to St. George's
Historic Richmond Town: Take a step back through time when you visit Historic Richmond Town, a settlement that dates back to the 17th century. This living museum offers glimpses of colonial buildings, furnishings, and tools - much of it original. Highlights of the tour include stops at the Courthouse, the Stephens-Black House and General Store with their authentic period décor, and the home where Elizabeth Lake Tysen was born. Historic Richmond Town also hosts numerous family-oriented events and festivals throughout the year.
Staten Island Ferry: The best boat ride in the world! Leaving Manhattan, you gaze at the most enduring symbol of the city, the Statue of Liberty, ahead on the right, with the sleek Verrazano-Narrows Bridge dominating the left. Then you realize that skyscrapers are assuming postcard dimensions of grandeur behind you. It is New York, even America, at its best, a truly thrilling experience! The magnificence of the Brooklyn Bridge soon completes the view behind you on the right. And it's free! Once at the terminal on the Staten Island side, just grab a departing boat and enjoy the dramatic view in reverse. Hint: avoid the newer, faster craft with no outside deck