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"Lots of Mom and Pop Shops"

Great places to eat - among the two best pizza places on Staten Island are across the street from each other - Goodfellas and Joe and Pat's. You will find a lot of independently owned shops on Victory, which (like Forest Avenue) is a major street in Staten Island. While Forest has a lot of corporate stores, Victory is more of a local feel.

Drawbacks - TRAFFIC! I try to avoid driving on Victory to another location, unless I need to make a stop on the street.
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"Good Area for Shopping"

Between the supermarkets, the malls and the other chain stores, Richmond Terrace is the place to go for shopping on Staten Island. The mall is pretty decent - it's great for people watching the Staten Islanders too! Near the mall, you'll find a Toys R Us, Bed Bath and Beyond, Stop and Shop, K Mart, and further North on Richmond Ave, you will get a Barnes and Noble, Chilis, Applebees, King Kullen and other shopping and eateries.

The downside to all this exposure is that the traffic gets pretty terrible, especially since there are lights every .2 miles. It's about 30 minutes from the ferry, so the people I know that live around there often will take the express bus ($5 each way) into Manhattan.
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"Cutest Street on SI"

Not only is Snug Harbor Road bordering Snug Harbor Cultural Center, but it is home to the Snug Harbor Little League. Throughout the baseball season, neighbors can hear the sounds of the games being played.

The only drawbacks is that during baseball games, or when Snug Harbor is crowded, parking here becomes a problem.

I have seen a number of flea market/street fairs on Snug Harbor Road, which are generally put on my the neighbors but it gives a nice neighborly feel to the area.
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"Nice Park, Terrible Construction"

For a few years, there has been construction on Clove Road and is it TERRIBLE! I do my best to avoid driving on this road as much as possible. It is unfortunate that the construction is taking so long because Clove is a road that connects many different areas.

However, Clove Lakes Park, which is located between Victory Blvd and Forest Avenue is great for jogging/hiking/biking/rollerblading trails. It also holds Staten Island's ice skating rink, a few baseball fields, nice playground equipment. Generally, it is just a great park.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
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"Think of it as New Jersey"

I grew up in New Jersey, but relocated to Staten Island for work. SI has no business being part of NYC - unless you live very close to the ferry, and make a real effort to go into "the city," then you are isolated. I live less than two miles from the ferry and rarely take advantage of the rest of the city.

By itself, Staten Island is odd. It is separated into neighborhoods, so within a five block radius the architecture, demographics and general "feel" can change dramatically.

Good things you will find in Staten Island:
- The mall is pretty decent.
- There are some great restaurants - Denino's, Duffy's, Adobe Blues and Cafe Milano are among my favorites.
- There are some very nice sections.

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