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'''Staten Island''' is the most suburban of the five boroughs of [[New York City]]. Although still predominantly residential in nature, the borough has changed significantly since the opening of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge in 1964. It is the closest borough to New Jersey's Newark International Airport. You may want to consider staying in a hotel on Staten Island due to its proximity to Newark Airport,
Although Staten Island is statistically the least diverse borough, the North Shore of Staten Island has some diverse sections. In addition to the ones mentioned below,
Other neighborhoods of note are:
* '''West New Brighton''' the neighborhood
* '''Livingston''' - to the east of West New Brighton and to the west of '''New Brighton''', it is the location of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, which includes the Staten Island Children's Museum.
* '''Tottenville''' at the southern tip of the island is the location of the Conference House.
Staten Island can be reached by passenger ferry from [[Manhattan]]. The ferry
Buses connect at the St George Ferry Terminal going to destinations all over Staten Island.
* North Shore: S40 series (S40, S42, S44, S46, S48)
* Limited routes: S80s and S90s series (S81, S84, S86, S90, S91, S92, S94, S96, S98)
Staten Island can be reached by bridge from [[Brooklyn]] and [[New Jersey]].
* '''Verrazano-Narrows Bridge''' connects Staten Island with Brooklyn
* '''Bayonne Bridge''' connects northern Staten Island with [[Bayonne_(New_Jersey)|Bayonne]], [[New Jersey]].
* '''Goethals Bridge''' connects [[Elizabeth]], [[New Jersey]] to mid-western Staten Island.
* '''Outerbridge Crossing''' connects Perth Amboy, New Jersey and Tottenville, Staten Island.
These last 3 bridges have a $
A moderately priced option is to take an express bus from Manhattan to Staten Island. The express buses are especially handy when you are traveling to places on the South Shore, which is the furthest section of Staten Island from the ferry, and has fewer local routes running than the more densely populated North Shore. The $
* The '''X1''' and '''X10''' routes run along Broadway in Manhattan (starting at around Central Park South/Seventh Avenue and East 57th Street/Third Avenue, respectively), with the X1 running along Hylan Boulevard and Richmond Avenue to Eltingville and the X10 running along the service roads of the Staten Island Expressway (North and South Gannon Avenues) to Port Richmond. Both routes run daily, the X1
* '''X17''' service also runs from parts of the South Shore weekdays from 4:05AM to 3:45PM, and
* Other express routes service to other parts of the island also run during the rush hours in the peak flow direction (to Manhattan in the morning, to Staten Island in the afternoon).
The wait times for an express bus
* There is also the option of taking the S53/S93/S79 buses from the 4th Avenue & 86th Street subway station in Brooklyn. These bus routes cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Staten Island.
The S53 serves the North Shore and goes through '''Port Richmond''' and '''West New Brighton'''
The S79 serves the South/East Shores and goes on Hylan Boulevard and Richmond Avenue to get to the Staten Island Mall.
The S93 runs rush hours only and goes to the College of Staten Island, serving the neighborhoods near the Staten Island Expressway and Victory Boulevard.
* From Bayonne, you can take the S89 Limited bus during rush hours from the 34th Street Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station. This bus runs down Richmond Avenue and serves sections of the North Shore, Mid-Island, and South Shore.
The '''Staten Island Railway''' [http://mta.info/nyct/sir/] is a hybrid of a railroad and a subway line. Fares are the same as a subway ride (US$2.25), and it runs 24 hours, at intervals from 15 minutes during weekdays to hourly overnight, synchronized to the ferry schedule.
Bus routes [http://mta.info/nyct/bus/] cover the island pretty thoroughly. There are two types of buses:
*The '''local buses''' run routes all over Staten Island and are distinguished by the S before the route number (ex. S55, S78).
* The '''express buses''' are distinguished
Most routes on the island meet up at the '''St. George Ferry Terminal'''. Other major transfer points include '''Port Richmond''', with some buses terminating at Richmond Terrace at Port Richmond Avenue; the '''Staten Island Mall'''; and the '''Eltingville Transit Center''' on the South Shore, the last with MetroCard vending machines and express service to [[Manhattan]].
Fares can be paid in quarters or dollar coins (if you can find them). You can also use a MetroCard (good for all public transportation in NYC) purchasable at some delis or at the machines located at the ferry terminal. Buses run close to schedule, but service on Staten Island is sparse outside of rush hours, and even during peak hours,
A Staten Island bus map is available at: http://mta.info/nyct/maps/bussi.pdf
*'''South Beach & Boardwalk''', [http://sigreenbelt.org/Naturecenter/ncenter.htm] by taking the S51/81 bus from the ferry (bus ramp B).
*Staten Island's 9/11 Memorial is a short walk from the ferry terminal.
*<see name="Willowbrook Park" alt="" address="Eton Place at Richmond Avenue or Victory Boulevard at Morani Street" directions="S62/S92 to Morani Street, S44/S94 to Eton Place" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A large park with a
* Visit the Staten Island Museum.
* '''Staten Island Zoo''', 614 Broadway, [http://statenislandzoo.org/]. Located in West New Brighton, it's a fun destination for younger children as well as animal enthusiastsby taking the S53 bus from Brooklyn, or the S48/98 buses from the ferry (bus ramp C).
* The '''Staten Island Greenbelt''' [http://sigreenbelt.org/] is one of the largest parks in the city, with miles of hiking trails and excellent views from the highest hills on the island. Take the S61/S91 from Ramp A of the St George Ferry Terminal or the S74/S84 from Ramp B of the St George Ferry Terminal. Transfer from the S74/S84 to the S54 or S57 at Rockland Avenue or walk.
*<buy name="Atrium Stadium Theaters" alt="" address="680 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island , NY" directions="" phone="(718) 984-7600" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The only movie theater on the south shore , so if ever in the Tottenville section of the island that would be the movie theater to go to. Take the S74/S84 to Richmond Avenue from bus ramp B of the ferry terminal.</buy>
*<buy name="UA Hyland Plaza 5" alt="" address="107 Mill Road, Staten Island, NY" directions="S78 from Bus Ramp A or S79 from Brooklyn" phone="(800) 326-3264 x635" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">One of two Movie theaters on the North Shore , It is surrounded by several restraunts and conveniently in a shopping plaza on Hylan Blvd. If you are ever in South Beach this would be the closest movie Theater. </buy>
*<buy name="Ralphs Italian Ices" alt="" address="501 Port Richmond Avenue" directions="S44/S94 from bus ramp D" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" take="Take" the="the" from="from" bus="bus" ramp="ramp" d="D" of="of" or="or" x30="X30" express="express" manhattan="Manhattan">Summer time favorite for most Staten Islanders , Long lines and long hours along with the variety of tasty flavors is what makes this such an
While the vast majority of Staten Island eateries are Italian, there are some gems of ethnic cuisine in the St. George and Tompkinsville neighborhoods, the area around the ferry terminal and the Staten Island Yankees stadium. Home to a large Sri Lankan community, St. George has many grocery stores and restaurants. Mostly within a mile of each other on Victory Blvd. (and in walking distance from the ferry terminal), the authentic and inexpensive restaurants serve up flavorful South Asian cuisine well worth the trip.
*<eat name="Beso" alt="" address="11 Schuyler Street" directions="Leave the ferry terminal, cross the street, make a right, left on Schuyler" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">New Spanish restaurant with live music occasionally. Tapas and sangria bring some much needed class to the neighborhood. A short walk from the ferry and a great place to eat.</eat>
*<eat name="Bay House Bistro" alt="" address="574 Bay Street" directions="Staten Island Railway to Stapleton, S51 or S76 bus to Prospect Street (bus ramp B)" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">One of the best Asian take outs going. Focus on the appetizers, heavily influenced by Southeast Asian cuisine, particularly Malaysian. Try the roti canai or the curry veggie pies. </eat>
*<eat name="Taqueria Gallo Azteca" alt="" address="75 Victory Boulevard" directions="" phone="718 273 6404" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The cemitas are to die for, a sandwich with your choice of meat, with avocado, chipotle peppers, quesillo, and beans. One of the best sandwiches you'll ever have. </eat>
*<eat name="Goodfella's" alt="" address="1817 Victory Boulevard" directions="S61/S91 S62/S92 S66 from Bus Ramp A to Manor Road, X12/X42 express buses from Manhattan to Manor Road, S93 bus from Bay Ridge to Manor Road" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Famous for their vodka pizza, the recipient of several awards. </eat>
*<eat name="Joe And Pat's" alt="" address="1758 Victory Boulevard" directions="S61/S91 S62/S92 S66 from Bus Ramp A to Manor Road, X12/X42 express buses from Manhattan to Manor Road, S93 bus from Bay Ridge to Manor Road" phone="718 981 0887" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Specializes in an extraordinarily thin pizza that is one of the best slices in the city. Uniquely thin without too much cheese, Joe and Pat's slices are some of the lightest in the city. Try the eggplant fries.</eat>
* '''Lakruwana''', 226 Bay Street. One of the more elegant eateries. Its fine decor and delicious meals belie the outrageously inexpensive prices. Sundays offer a lunch and dinner buffet.
* '''Lakshmis's Restaurant''', 324 Victory Boulevard (Victory Blvd & Cebra). Mainly a take-out establishment but has a few chairs and tables. The menu is comprehensive, offering Homemade Roast (Ros) Paan, Achchu Paan, Kimbula Paan, Malu Paan, Malu Roti, Elawalu Roti, Kalu Thothol, and other Sri Lanka delicacies.Take the S61, S62, or S66 to Cebra Avenue (from Bus Ramp A)
* '''New Asha Restaurant''', next door to Lakruwana at 322 Victory Blvd. Offers many of the same items at competitive prices. Has been named #1 by the Village Voice Cheap Eats in the past. Featured on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. Try a mutton roll! There are several Sri Lankan groceries that dot the street on the 15-20 minute walk from the ferry.
* '''Denino's Pizza Tavern''', 524 Port Richmond Ave.,
*<eat name="Cargo Cafe" alt="" address="120 Bay Street" directions="" phone="(718) 876-0539" url="http://cargocafe.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Laid back eatery. Cool decor. Excellent appetizers and burgers. Great beers on tap. Entertainment weekly! </eat>
*<eat name="Real Madrid" alt="" address="2073 Forest Avenue" directions="S48/S98 to Union Avenue (Bus Ramp B), X12/X42 or X30 express buses from Manhattan to Union Avenue" phone="718) 447-7885" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A restaurant with authentic Spanish food.</eat>