How accurate is Zillow pricing in Staten Island, New York?
Estimates are estimates - they are educated guesses without any kind of commitment to their accuracy.Estimates do not take into account human nature or latest political events or economic situation (local or international) - so they can’t be the concrete foundation on which you can build your research without specifying that they are, in fact, estimates.When we’re talking about a close proximity to NYC, with Brooklyn and Queens (not even mentioning Manhattan here) is out of price range for many buyers, the only other place left is Staten Island.The human nature in question are bidding wars, where the asking price is not a point for negotiations, but a starting point where the bidding starts.And then the question is - whether the estimates are true based on historic trends or whether you are looking for the explanation of future fluctuations.If we’re talking about foreigners looking to invest into properties, and with China clamming down on the export of funds, there is more rush to invest elsewhere (and invest fast, at almost any cost), plus the recent currency situation in India would push more people to acquire things of value overseas to preserve their wealth.
What is it like to be gay in Staten Island, New York?
I grew up in Staten Island, lived there most of my life. Moved to Jersey in 2002 when I was 17, and went to CSI in 2010 when I decided to finish college.I didn’t come out when I originally lived there, someone (from Staten Island of course) outed me after I left. Everyone knows everyone else’s business on Staten Island. It’s 14 miles long, and everyone knows everyone.85% of Staten Island voted for Donald Trump, so that tells you something, however, I have A LOT of friends who voted for him and they are really good people. They don’t give a shit that I’m gay, don’t mind gay people at all.With that said, there are tons of assholes out there. I have short hair. I got into a verbal fight in the women’s restroom at the mall with two dumb girls, like I couldn’t hear them whispering. So I turned around, grabbed my boobs, and said “see these? These say I can be in here, unless you want me to show you my vag, because that also says I can be in here” and that shut them up real quick.There are ignorant people whenever you go. There are a lot on Staten Island lol everyone thinks they’re better than everyone else, but there are some really great people too. Like I said earlier, I have a lot of friends who voted for Trump, and most of them, after he won the election, either texted, called or messaged me, and said “you’ll be ok, no one is going to hurt you or do anything to you, and if they do, we’ll go find them and kick their ass” lolSo it’s really up to you. Hope that helps in some way lol
Can I drive from Brooklyn to Staten Island, New York, or is the Ferry always required?
You can via the Verrazano Narrows bridge.But it may not be cost efficient. The toll is $17 cash or ~ $11.50 using EZ Pass to enter from Brooklyn. No toll going the other way. Depending where you are going, parking once you get there may be difficult as well.If you are planning on going frequently, the ferry to the Staten Island Railway (SIR) to a bus is likely more cost effective but can be time consuming depending where you need to go.The SIR only serves the eastern edge of the island only. Try google maps using the bus option to check out the route / transfers required and estimated time. Note that traffic and missed connections will impact time! You can visit the MTA site for routes. http://web.mta.info/nyct/maps/bu...There are plans being made to address the bus service but nothing has happened yet MTA’s Staten Island Bus Overhaul Points the Way Forward for the Rest of NYCNet / net depends how often you need to go and where. If it’s frequently, try to find someone traveling the same route to get a sense for time / hassle involved of using public transit.
Is Staten Island the cheapest borough in New York City to live in?
It can be. And it may not be. Every borough has more expensive areas and less expensive areas. NYC real estate is mostly determined by distance from midtown Manhattan, and Staten Island is rather far from midtown plus it’s only accessible to the area by ferry and then subway (and most people have to take the SIRR to start their trip just to get to the ferry). This distance and lack of accessibility would make much of the island less in demand and thus more affordable. But on the other hand, the borough is closer to lower Manhattan and offers a relatively easy commute to downtown (compared to say the North Bronx) and that makes areas in the northern part of the island near the ferry more desirable. Other factors that make the island desirable is the abundance of nature on the island (the Green Belt, etc). You also have traditionally wealthy neighborhoods like Todt Hill and other similar areas where real estate remains very high. So don’t think of any one borough as being the most expensive and one being the least. Well obviously, much of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn can definitely be classified as the most expensive areas, not only in New York but in the whole country, but the remaining areas of those boroughs along with the other three will have a lot of variation depending on the type of dwelling, neighborhood, safety, amenities, distance from midtown, public transit options, and school district. Compare apples to apples in each borough and you’ll find what areas are likely to meet your budget.
What are the sights to see on Staten Island?
Depends on your interests. If you’re into Colonial America, then historic Richmondtown is good. There’s even a restaurant there. Amazing how tiny people were back in the day! You can see this from the size of the ceilings, chairs and beds. Look for different seasonal activities.Sailor’s Snug Harbor was originally built as a home for sailors who had retired from the sea. It was started by Captain Randall. There’s still a statue of him on the grounds. Six of the first building receiving Landmark status are on the 83 acre park grounds. There’s many buildings in the Greek revival architectural style dating from 1833. There are still artifacts from that time on display. Through mismanagement, the funds set aside by the Robert Randall trust for the property dwindled. The City of New York stepped in to buy the property and the sailors were “relocated” to a place named Sea Level, NC.In an effort to draw more tourists to Staten Island, Frances Paulo Huber was put in charge of the property. At the time she took over, the property was much utilized by the community. There were rehearsal rooms for local musicians, a weekly bridge group met, neighbors would walk the woods and grounds, there was a regular dog group. After Mrs. Huber took over, one of the first things she did was bounce out the older bridge group (not “high cultural” enough and instruct the security staff to harass the people with dogs. Then she set about ruining the woods where people loved to walk. Trucks backed into trees, damaging their bark so they died. Other trees had their trunks buried, 4–6 feet of soil pushed up against them, so of course they died. She razed another area fertile with bird species not commonly seen elsewhere on Staten Island. I saw my first and only bluebird where the woods used to stand.In it’s place is now many special areas to draw tourists at the expense of the neighborhood having a wooded area to relax and enjoy nature. There’s the Chinese Scholar’s Garden (entrance fee), the Tuscan Garden. There are also rehearsal spaces for dance companies on the second floor of G Building.The Staten Island Zoo is small in comparison with the Central Park Zoo and Bronx Zoo, but hosts an impressive reptile collection. There’s also a petting zoo.There’s the Sandy Ground Historical Museum (1538 Woodrow Rd, in Rossville). It’s the oldest continuously inhabited black settlement in the USA. It, like some homes on Staten Island, was a stop on the underground railroad. Videos, quilt displays, and descendants of the original settlers work there.The Conference House (Tottenville), was the site of a 1776 meeting, attempting to end the Revolutionary War. John Adams, Benjamin Franklin & Lord Howe were among those in attendance.Don’t know if by now they have a haunted house tour, but there are many haunted houses. The Conference House is one, the Kreisher Mansion (currently for sale), is another. I used to know people who could have given great tours of the haunted houses of Staten Island.Also on the North Shore is Fort Wadsworth, which was one of the oldest military installations in the country. It’s 226 acres and an impressive place to walk. It’s also partially underneath the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. There’s impressive big ship action in the harbor.The Richmond County Bank Ballpark is located outside of the ferry terminal, and is the home of the NY Yankees minor league team. Too bad the season is over, it’s a great place for a game.The North Shore of Staten Island has the largest population of people from Sri Lanka outside of Sri Lanka itself. Both myself and another relocated friend were sadly singing the blues about missing Sri Lankan food. It’s spicy, but not as if it’s a contest to sear your innards. It’s more like a hug that spreads outward from your stomach. There’s a great little take out place on Victory Blvd, near the corner of Cebra Ave called New Asha. There are a couple tables for dining but it’s not fancy. The food is delicious! I’m only sorry that it can’t be flown to the West Coast. If you go there, say hello to Reggie, she’s the soul of welcoming.Definitely try to make it to Deninos on the corner of Port Richmond Ave and Hooker Place. It has what many consider to be the best pizza. It’s a sacrilege, what they do to pizza outside of NYC. Once you have real pizza, the bready crust and mozzarella mixed with cheddar common in so many places will curl your taste buds.I hope this helps!
Should Staten Island secede from NYC?
The short answer is No!Aside from the satisfaction that its more conservative residents would feel from a divorce from the leftist bleeding hearts who are the rest of New York who turn up their noses at the honest, patriotic, hard working, God fearing Staten Islanders, I cannot see any benefit from secession.As a separate municipality, Staten Island would have the problem of many suburban municipalities, a tax base reliant on residential real estate. To avoid steep increases in real estate taxes, the equivalent of the New York City income tax and sales tsd would have to be imposed.Once independent, Staten Islanders would probably be anxious to address the serious Infrastructure problemd they live with. After the opening of the Verrazano Bridge connecting it to the rest of the city by car, development mushroomed. As is inevitable, developers cut corners . Streets were poorly paved and drainage was inadequate. Heavy rains bring flooding issuesEstablished thoroughfare had to withstand the onslaught of traffic. It’s about fifty years now and things don’t usually last that long without maintenance.Worse are the neighborhoods that have not yet recovered from Sandy and maybnever recover. Staten Islanders feel that the City has neglected them but the cost to deal with these issues would be daunting.Most outsiders think of Staten Islanders as working class or lower middle class whites, and deeply conservative living in one or two family houses in neighborhoods still separated by undeveloped areas. But this is not all of Staten Island. The northern end of the island has a large concentration of low income city housing orojects. There is a substantial Latino and Africsn American population. It has been the scene of notorious police brutality incidents. With secession, I feel that ethic tension would be exacerbated. Each group would want a voice and some say in matters and if the Trumpists control the municipal government, as they msy well do, there will be a constant controversy.
Why did the British give the Hudson Waterfront to New Jersey but keep Staten Island tied to New York?
New Jersey was created as a separate colony by Charles II as he granted the lands between the Hudson River and the Delaware River to two of his friends and named the area New Jersey - New Jersey - Wikipedia