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So why does Staten Island have such a bad reputation among New Yorkers?

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claudiap8 Sep 01, 2020
Oh, give me a break! I was born in "the City" (Manhattan), except for college, lived there for decades until I and my significant other needed more room for not more money. We ended up renting a house ln Staten Island.

I commuted for a long time and loved it...the ferry ride was a daily treat for me. I always had a book and I never opened it... just to sit and watch the water and the city coming up...for 25 minutes twice a day...heaven. All these many years later I still consider myself a New Yorker but I've never regretted the move.

It simply isn't true there's nothing to do. One of the first things I did was join a Choral Society which has performed often at Carnegie Hall and is considered excellent by professional standards.
The variety of excellent restaurants was perhaps sparse at the beginning but now is incredible!
The North Shore is very diverse and the restaurants prove it. There are three colleges! Museums. A zoo.

There are more parks, small medium and large, just all over. There is the Greenbelt (essentially a forest+) which runs from the top to the bottom of the Island. Hiking, nature walks, all sorts of instructions for adults and children. Wildlife including deer, very knowledgable guides...highly-regarded bird sanctuary...really much of the Island is.

Oh, did I mention? This is an island! There is therefore water all around. Many beaches. Beautiful Boardwalk newly renovated after Sandy. So you walk one way and then you turn around and walk the other and you see the Verrazano and the City. And that's just one beach, with a lovely restaurant looking out over the water.

Okay. Enough. It's a complex place really. Many different ways of approaching it. I'm glad we moved here 40 years ago.
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jons11 Jul 28, 2019
Staten Island is a outer borough which lacks good public transportation and the amenities that the other boroughs have. Basically, there is nothing to do there. You have Victory Blvd, Hylan Blvd and Richmond Ave. That’s it. Becoming congested with heavy traffic. Those who can not afford the cost of real estate in the other boroughs settle for Staten Island. Then they realize that they made a big mistake.
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rogerw6 2yrs+
use to be a landfill
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