Despite years of growth that dramatically altered Staten Island's landscapes, the Island retains its unique identity as a borough apart.
The least populated of New York City's boroughs, the Island continues to be recognized for independence of spirit and preservation of community and historic treasures. Known as the "Borough of Parks", its support of green space, the arts, and cultural institutions gives Staten Island a sense of community and a way of life that continues to attract newcomers.
Located within a short ferry ride to Manhattan, the Island has elements, such as the Travis Fourth of July Parade and the Richmond County Fair, that are more typical of Middle America than a metropolitan suburb.
As in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Islanders can be counted on to pull together, and as they plan for the future, one thing is certain "the best is yet to be."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Margaret Lundrigan, Psy D., is the author of several books on Staten Island history and two on Levittown, Long Island. She is also the co-author of a book on home health care. Lundrigan is a school psychologist and has a private practice in New Jersey. She grew up on Staten Island and is a life-long lover of Staten Island history.