STATEN ISLAND NY
Altitude: 55.0 feet
Latitude: 40 deg / 36 min.N
Longitude: 74 deg. / 10 min.W
Point: Sea Level
(Comprised of 62 towns) - Staten Island, founded in 1661
(formerly Richmond Borough, renamed Staten Island in 1975).
Originally named Staaten Eylandt allegedly by Henry
Hudson. Other islands under Staten Island jurisdiction are: Hoffman,
Meadow, Prall's, Shooters, and Swinburne.
Richmond, New York City, named after the Duke of Richmond, son of
King Charles II of England.
is the southernmost county in New York State - the third largest
county (borough) among New York City's five counties covering 60.9
square miles. It is five miles from Manhattan and a half mile from
Brooklyn. New Jersey on its western shore separated by the Arthur
Kill waterway. From north to south Staten Island is 13.9 miles and
from east to west 7.3 miles. Four major bridges and the Staten
Island ferry connect the Island to surrounding areas. www.rajhomes.com
ISLAND'S EARLY DEVELOPMENT
1524 - Giovanni da Verrazano discovered
The Narrows, which are the waters between Staten Island, Brooklyn, and
1609 - Henry Hudson sailed into The
Narrows and named the island after the States General of Holland,
Staaten Eylandt. The Dutch claimed the entire territory, and named it
1623 - The first permanent settlers
landed in Manhattan.
1639 - David Pieterszen De Vries built
Staten Island's first colony.
1640-1655 - A series of violent
disputes with Native Americans prevented the formation of permanent
1661 - Pierre Billiou and Walraven
Luten set up the first permanent settlement on the south shore of Staten
Island. French settlers seeking religious freedom soon followed. A
government begins to form.
1664 - New Amsterdam became part of the
English colonies, when Peter Stuyvesant, the Dutch Governor of New
Amsterdam surrendered to the British. The area was now called New York.
1670 - The new governor of New York,
Francis Lovelace, finally purchased Staten Island from the Native
1683 - Thomas Dongan became the new
governor of New York, and Staten Island became Richmond County.
1695 - The population of Staten Island
was approximately 800.
1776 - During the American Revolution,
a British fleet sailed through The Narrows and landed troops on Staten
Island. An unsuccessful peace conference is held at the Billop Manor
House in Tottenville, now known as the Conference House.
1783 - Over 2 years after the end of
the American Revolution, the remainder of the British army left Staten
1790 - The population of Staten Island
was approximately 3,840.
REALTY - STATEN ISLAND NY
ISLAND'S MODERN DEVELOPMENT
- Staten Island's first ferry is established by a 16 year old
entrepreneur named Cornelius Vanderbilt. Other successful business
ventures make him one of the richest men in America.
- The first highway was built to speed up travel times to and from
Philadelphia. Today, it is known as Victory Boulevard.
- The Richmond Republican, the first newspaper on Staten Island, went
- Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi spends 3 years of forced
exile in Rosebank. Meanwhile, his friend and housemate, Antonio Meucci,
develops the first working telephone, before Alexander Graham Bell.
- The first passenger train went from Eltingville to Vanderbilt's
Landing (Clifton). This was also the year that the first magnetic
telegraph line finally reached Staten Island.
- The population of Staten Island was approximately 25,000.
- A boiler explosion on a Staten Island Ferry kills 62 people.
- Mary Ewing Outerbridge introduces tennis to the Unites States,
bringing the sport to Staten Island, from Bermuda.
- A manufacturing plant in Travis becomes the first place on Staten
Island to receive electricity.
- Staten Island, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens became part of New York
- The Island's first high school, Curtis, opened.
- The population of Staten Island was approximately 80,000.
- The Staten Island Advance began publishing on a daily basis.
- The Outer bridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge opened.
- The Bayonne Bridge opened.
- A massive fire in the St. George Ferry Terminal destroys 17 trains,
injures 280 people, and kills 3.
- The Fresh Kills Landfill opened.
- Two commercial airliners collide over New Dorp, killing 128.
- The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opened.
- Jane Kurtin, a reporter for the Advance, discovers horrendous
conditions at Willowbrook State School, attracting national coverage,
and leading to its closing.
- The Staten Island Mall opened.
- The population of Staten Island was approximately 352,121.
- The population of Staten Island was approximately 403,600.
- Sammy "The Bull" Gravano testifies against John Gotti, sending the
infamous mob boss to jail for life.
- Operation Sail 2000 takes place. More than 180 sailing vessels from
60 nations join 40 modern warships of 23 navies in the largest maritime
event ever. The population of Staten Island was approximately 443,728
with Housing units 193,993 (approx.)
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