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Although home to over half a million people, Staten Island is the least populous borough in New York City, giving the community the feel of a much smaller city by comparison. The northern part of the island is quite urbanized, somewhat resembling the landscape of nearby Brooklyn. As you move south, the environment becomes more suburban, with single-family homes spread out among beautiful public parks.

Thanks to the affordable rental rates and easy access to Brooklyn and Manhattan, the North Shore is a hotbed for creatives, with many musicians and artists honing their crafts in the local venues. Major touring acts regularly pass through as well, with the historic St. George Theatre serving as a popular stop.

Located in the north-central portion of the island, CUNY College of Staten Island enrolls over 13,000 students, contributing a youthful energy to the surrounding area. The quiet atmosphere and more affordable space in the southern portion of the island attract many folks who work in Manhattan but prefer a more subdued (and less expensive) living arrangement.


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As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Staten Island, NY is $1,270 for a studio, $1,425 for one bedroom, $1,968 for two bedrooms, and $2,109 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Staten Island has increased by 3.5% in the past year.

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75 Walk Score® Very Walkable
60 Transit Score® Good Transit
51 Bike Score® Bikeable



Because Staten Island is an island, there are certain points of access for roads, bridges and buses that you must use to reach off-island points in New York or New Jersey.

The Staten Island Ferry serves St. George’s terminal around the clock, and the Staten Island Train runs from Tottenville in the south to Georges Terminal and the ferry connection in the north.

The Verrazano–Narrows Bridge is a double level bridge that connects the New York City boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn. Goethals Bridge connects Staten Island to Newark, NJ. Bayonne Bridge connects Staten Island to Bayonne, NJ. Outerbridge connects Staten Island to Edison, NJ.

Because of the high cost of parking in Manhattan, many commuters opt to take advantage of the abundant public transportation options.


Staten Island Mall is located at the center of Staten Island. JC Penny, Macys and Sears are anchor stores.

Nothing New Thrift Store supports green living, sharing and charity. The prices are very low. Their motto is “Buy some, Help some, Give some.”

EG Stores has a large variety of thrift, vintage and other furnishings. Consider a contemporary room divider for only $55 or a chaise for $90. If you’re moving into a new apartment and need to work on a different look, this is a great place to be. The selection of eclectic and attention getting pieces is ever renewed. Save money and reuse.


After a brief period of settlement by Dutch colonists, Staten Island came under British control in the 1660s. During the American Revolution, Staten Island served as a staging ground for the British invasion of New York City and remaining under British control until the war ended. The island consisted of numerous small towns until 1898, when Staten Island consolidated with New York City. Beautifully preserved architecture from the island’s past can still be seen in the St. George and St. Paul’s Avenue-Stapleton Heights Historic Districts.

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is located in Rosebank, and was at one time the home of Antonio Meucci, an inventor who developed an early version of the telephone. Giuseppe Garibaldi, who was instrumental in the unification of Italy, lived here for almost two years. The home contains items that were significant for both famous men, including a prototype of the telephone.


As the most sparsely-populated borough in New York, Staten Island is home to an extensive network of public parks and greenspaces. The enormous Latourette Park at the center of the island is a lush reservation full of trails and footpaths. Countless other parks of every size are spread throughout the community, ensuring that everyone has access to the tranquility of nature within just a few blocks.


Staten Island tends to have the most affordable rental rates in New York City, with many options available for under $1,600 per month.


Taco Azteca on Staten Island is the place to go for fresh and delicious tacos. The ingredients are fresh, the food of high quality and the price very reasonable.

Empire East has two different Staten Island locations. Experience a medley of noodle soup specialties including Cantonese thin rice, flat soft noodles and Japanese yakisoba. Various Thai curries and Asian wraps are also on the menu.

Holy Schnitzel is not only Mediterranean, it’s Kosher. What could be better? For those who are vegetarian, there are multiple entre choices including Falafel platter, Sabich (roasted eggplant) in Pita, vegetable soup and others. As a super deal, you can get a kosher hotdog for about $3 - something for everyone.


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