.: Staten Island :.
Upon the arrival of early European settlements, Staten Island was discovered to be laced with foot trails which were once presumed to be left by Angels. Although closer archeological finds have linked them to the Lenape Indians whose archaic ancestors inhabited the island from as early as 1500 BCE.
Staten Island is overall the most suburban of the five boroughs of New York City. The North Shore ó especially the neighborhoods of St. George, Tompkinsville, Clifton, and Stapleton ó is the most urban part of the island; it contains the officially designated St. George Historic District and the St. Paulís Avenue-Stapleton Heights Historic District, which feature large Victorian homes. The South Shore has more suburban-style residential neighborhoods and is home to the two and one-half mile long F.D.R. Boardwalk, the fourth longest in the world.
The borough is accessible to Brooklyn via the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and to New Jersey via the Outerbridge Crossing, Goethals Bridge, and Bayonne Bridge. Staten Island has Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus service and an MTA rapid transit line, the Staten Island Railway, which runs from the ferry terminal at St. George to Tottenville. Staten Island is the only one of the five boroughs of New York City that does not have below-ground rapid transit. The free Staten Island Ferry connects the borough to Manhattan and is a popular tourist attraction, providing views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and lower Manhattan.