Home to more than 468,000 people, Staten Island is the least populated of the five boroughs of New York City, but it is in no way the smallest in land area. Sometimes called the "forgotten borough," Staten Island is considered as the most suburban of the five and is often neglected as a tourist destination. However, the island has so much to offer. Why not get a bus rental in Staten Island, NY and see how underrated the place is?
If you are touring as a group, you can take a 24-passenger bus rental to Staten Island by bridge from Brooklyn or from New Jersey. Then you can start visiting its various attractions.
While Staten Island is predominantly residential, it has plenty of places of interest that every visitor to New York City would surely enjoy.
Arts and Culture. In the last few years, artists, musicians and filmmakers have been moving to the North Shore of the island as it is close to Manhattan yet work and living spaces are affordable. Because of this, the Staten Island art scene has become as lively as ever.
For one, there's the Alice Austen House, which showcases the photographic works of Alice Austen as well as other examples of contemporary photography. The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, on the other hand, features the works of both local and international artists in various mediums.
You can also visit these art venues and museums:
You can head over to the Snug Harbor Cultural Center for an architectural feast. Considered as Staten Island's Versaille, this beautiful place has a collection of Greek revival and temple-style buildings. You can also find the Staten Island Botanic Garden and The John A. Noble art museum here.
Those who are into music and theater will get their fill because Staten Island has lots of music and theater groups that produce and stage performances in various venues throughout the island, including St. George Theatre.
Outdoors. Make sure to visit the Greenbelt Nature Center, which is an educational center with beautiful natural surroundings containing trails, wetlands, forested hills and kettle ponds. Nature lovers and those who relish the great outdoors will also love the South Beach & Boardwalk, Willowbrook Park, Staten Island Zoo, Wolfe's Pond Park, and South/Midland Beach.
You can visit any of these other parks, too:
History. If you want to take a peek into Staten Island's history, visit the Historic Richmond Town which is a living history village that is composed of restored buildings and a museum.
You can also go to:
Shopping and Dining. Staten Island will not be left behind when it comes to giving you a great dining experience. Get a bus rental in Staten Island and try out these top-notch and popular restaurants:
If you want a drink, you can go to Nurnberger Bierhaus, which offers a wide variety of imported and authentic German beers and dishes.
As for shopping, you can have a great shopping experience at Staten Island Mall, which is the largest mall in NYC and is the retail center of the island. It has three anchor stores: Sears, JCPenney, and Macy's.
You can also head over to the Castleton Avenue Commercial Corridor, which is a diverse commerce strip comprised of businesses.
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