Staten Island is located in the southernmost part of New York and is the lesser-known borough. It has a population of less than 500,000, making it the least populous borough.
For many tourists, the visit to Staten Island is compensated with the ferry ride to its shores, a cost-effective way of seeing the skyline of Manhattan.
Until 1975, Staten Island was called Richmond, like its county. Nevertheless, the City Council renamed it with its original name given to it by the Dutch when they colonized the area.
You will find more colonial buildings in Staten Island than anywhere else in New York.
One of Staten Island’s most surprising attractions to visit is Historic Richmond Town, a restored rural town with houses dating from the seventeenth century. The best way to reach this site is to take the S74 bus from St. George Ferry Terminal.
Another place worth visiting is Fort Wadsworth, a fort built by the Dutch during the seventeenth century, which served to protect New York from the incursions of enemy ships.
The Staten Island Ferry provides services between Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan and St. George on Staten Island, where you can take a bus to the different attractions. The ferry ride takes 25 minutes.
If you have a car, it is also possible to get to Staten Island from Brooklyn over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the U.S. The bridge was named after the first European explorer to discover the island.