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Staten Island doesn’t have a lot in common with Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island,” except for the fact that both islands have a treasure to be found. Only, the treasure that Staten Island boasts, is non-fictional. Some know of it as The Guggenheim Treasure.

Over the last 10 years, the North Shore of Staten Island has seen an almost unprecedented transformation involving growth in several key areas of business and culture that are sure to allure anyone looking to settle down in Staten Island. We spoke to Holly Wiesner Olivieri, to learn a little bit more about why buyers should be excited about Staten Island’s north shore.

Humpback Whale by the Verrazano Bridge

This clip is about two months old at this point, but based on the view count I’m assuming that most of you haven’t seen it. Back in may, YouTube user Holly Bosshard posted this clip of a Humpback Whale breaching with a view of the Verrazano Bridge in the background.

CueTrax at Cue Trax Studios on Bay Street

Cue Trax Studios opened last month at 691L Bay Street, right next door to Dock Street. The space, which some visitors might recognize from Method Man’s “The Meth Lab” video, has been fully outfitted with everything necessary to create the next big artist. The man behind the music is it’s namesake, CueTrax, a Wu Tang Clan affiliate with an impressive resume of his own.

Last year, we brought you a list of Staten Island photographers that would give your Instagram timeline just a little bit more hometown pride.  If you haven’t checked that out, you can click here to see the artists featured in that post. Since then, we’ve discovered a bunch more Staten

A web app, called NYPL Map Warper, collects maps from various points in history, then through some crowdsourcing, displays those maps overlayed on top of a current map in that exact location. In this post, see how Silver Lake Park has changed since 1907.

One of the “Core Four” Developments on Staten Island’s north shore, Lighthouse Point, a project under development from Triangle Equities promises new construction of 62,000 sq feet of retail space, 109 residential rental units (20% of which will be affordable housing), 180 hotel rooms, 125,000 square feet of sub-grade parking (which will fit up o 400 cars), as well as Rehabilitation of 4 Historic U.S. Lighthouse Depot buildings.

With the 15th anniversary of the closing of Staten Island’s Fresh Kills Landfill coming up next week, we thought it was the perfect time to share the above documentary. The film, which focuses heavily on the closing of the “Staten Island Dump” also takes a look forward to Freshkills transition from landfill to parkland.

With the recent trend of “100 Years of Fashion” videos, I decided to get on board and take this trend to an entirely new level by including period accurate locations, music, and three incredible models. If you are looking for body positivity, great music, and stunning gowns, this video is for you.

Staten Island has been buzzing with new development and exciting new projects to further build up the North Shore. We spoke with URBY, who told clued us in on some exciting news about the new UBRY Staten Island, formerly known as the URL Building.