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Staten Island

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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, and the lower taxi fares and shorter travel times as opposed to Manhattan (the taxi fare is $45 to any point in Staten Island plus up to $10 in tolls, but it is less delay-prone).
==Districts==
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, like '''St George''' and '''Tompkinsville''', '''Port Richmond''' is a diverse neighborhood, with a large number of many Spanish restaurants, and a decent number quite a few in nearby '''Mariners' Harbor'''.  
Other neighborhoods of note are:
* '''West New Brighton''' the neighborhood where in which the Staten Island Zoo is located.
* '''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.
===By ferry===
Staten Island can be reached by passenger ferry from [[Manhattan]]. The ferry is the best option for arriving on the island, as it passes by Liberty Island and offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and New York Harbor. The ferry is free and operates 24 hours a day out of Battery Park in Manhattan and St. George Terminal in Staten Island. The ride to either terminal takes 30 minutes and runs about twice hourly (four times during rush hours and less frequently on weekend and late nights after 11pm).[http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/ferrybus/siferryschedule.shtml]
Buses connect at the St . George Ferry Terminal going to destinations all over Staten Island. The buses These can be grouped according to their service area:
* North Shore: S40 series (S40, S42, S44, S46, S48)
* Limited routes: S80s and S90s series (S81, S84, S86, S90, S91, S92, S94, S96, S98)
Other routes Routes on Staten Island that do not depart from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal are the S53, S54, S55, S56, S57, S59, S79, S89, and S93. These routes follow the same general rule regarding their service area.
===By car===
Staten Island can be reached by bridge from [[Brooklyn]] and [[New Jersey]].
* '''Verrazano-Narrows Bridge''' connects Staten Island with Brooklyn, but you will incur a . A high toll of US$13.00 cash or $9.20 60 when you use an New York-issued E-Z Pass (westbound only, no toll eastbound)is to be paid.
* '''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 $812.00 cash toll or $9.50 EZ Pass toll payable only when entering Staten Island, not leaving it. The carpool toll is $23.00 50 with 3 or more people in a car, payable only with E-Z Passregistered with the Carpool Plan.
===By bus===
<b>Express bus</b>
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 $56 fare<ref>http://www.mta.info/metrocard/mcgtreng.50 fare htm</ref> is payable with MetroCard (pay-per-ride only), Express Bus Plus MetroCards or coin change. Dollar bills , pennies, and half-dollar coins are not accepted.
* 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 leaving Manhattan from 7:30AM to 1:35AM weekdaysruns 24 hours a day, 7:00AM to 12:30AM Saturdays, and 7:30AM to 11:00PM Sundays, and the X10 leaving Manhattan from 7:20AM to 1:15AM weekdays, 8:30AM to 11:45PM Saturdays, and 8:35AM to 10:30PM Sundays. The X1 leaves Eltingville Transit Center from 3:30AM to 10:00PM weekdays, 5:10AM to 10:30PM Saturdays, and from 5:30AM to 8:30PM Sundaysdays a week, and the X10 leaves Castleton Avenue at Jewett Avenue from 5:25AM to 10:00PM weekdays, 5:30AM to 9:00PM Saturdays, and 6:30AM to 9:00 PM Sundays. [http://mta.info/nyct/service/bus/sisch.htm#xpress]
* '''X17''' service also runs from parts of the South Shore weekdays from 4:05AM to 3:45PM, and Saturdays weekends from 5:30AM 00AM to 7:00PM. It leaves Manhattan from 10:25AM to 11:30PM weekdays, and from 7:15AM 00AM to 8:30PM Saturdaysweekends.
* 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 are is about 4-10 minutes during rush peak hoursand weekday evenings, 15-25 minutes other times, and every hour during the overnight hours. The Staten Island bus map [<ref>http://mta.info/nyct/maps/bussi.pdf]; (service descriptions [</ref><ref>http://mta.info/nyct/maps/bussi2.pdf]) covers the routes on the island</ref> is informative.
<b>Local bus</b>
* 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. Since these are considered local bus routes, you can pay for the ride by depositing $2.25 in coins in the farebox or swiping your MetroCard.
The S53 serves the North Shore and goes through '''Port Richmond''' and '''West New Brighton'''
The S79 Select Bus Service, a bus rapid transit route, 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.
==Get around==
===By rail===
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. Fares are collected only at St. George Ferry Terminal and Tompkinsville (You can walk from Stapleton to the ferry, though the distance is about a mile. It is not recommended to do this late at night because the ferry runs every hour and the area is somewhat unsafe). During rush hours, express service is provided and the locals terminate at Great Kills.
===By bus===
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). They have uncomfortable plastic seats and cost $2.25. During rush hours, some buses run Limited and stop at major cross streets and transfer points. For example, the S62 starts at Jewett Avenue, making all stops east, while the S92 makes all stops west of Jewett Avenue that the S62 normally makes, while stopping only at major streets like Clove Road east of Jewett Avenue. The numbers of the local and limited routes usually correspond (S62/S92, S46/S96)
* The '''express buses''' are distinguished by the with an 'X ' in the coded display on the front of the bus (ex. X1, X10, X17, etc). These buses run from Staten Island to Manhattan, have more comfortable cloth seats, and cost $5.506.
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, the most frequent headway is many routes run every 10 -15 minutes. If possibleBecause of this, it helps to be prepared: either pick up a schedule for routes that you'll plan to take or , check the Guide-A-Ride box boxes at bus stops for exact times whenever possibleor use the [http://bustime.mta.info/ MTA's BusTime system] to track buses. Although BusTime only works on routes dispatched from Staten Island at the moment, you can track express bus service in Manhattan.
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 caroselcarousel.</see>*'''Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art''', a small museum with ancient art pieces and frequent visits by Tibetan monks and artists. Set into a hillside in the Lighthouse Hill neighborhood which is a gorgeous hilly suburban enclave worth a stroll around. Take the S78 from the ferry.
==Do==
* Visit the Staten Island Museum. It is a short walk from the ferry terminal. Admission is only $2.* Go to a game of the single-A '''Staten Island Yankees''' [http://siyanks.com/], 75 Richmond Terrace, Tel. 718-720-9265, Fax 718-273-5763, email: [email protected]
* '''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 attractions attraction and a place to buy and delicious ices.</buy>
*<buy name="United Artists Theater" alt="" address="2474 Forest Avenue" directions="S40/S90 buses from ramp D of the terminal or X30 express bus from Manhattan" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The other movie theater on the North Shore.</buy>
==Stay safe==
Staten Island can be divided into two parts: North Shore and South Shore. The South Shore is primarily suburban residential neighborhoods with small commercial establishments usually within five minutes' driving distance. There is very little crime on the South Shore. The North Shore has more apartment buildings and public housing, called "Projects." There is very little crime on the South Shore. Some parts of the North Shore, however, have some crime, and while these areas are generally safe during the day, you should avoid mistakenly walking into or around seedy these neighborhoods by yourself at night.
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