History on Bay

Look, I know what you want. It’s no secret that we all wish we could go back and record marathon blocks of old CTV (Staten Island Public Access) footage.

Thanks to the Speed Graphic Film and Video Channel, we now have this rare footage of the Staten Island ferry docking from way back in 1928.

Right now you can watch a recently uploaded video of the legendary Victory Diner being moved from its former home on Amboy Road to its “new home” on Midland Beach.

Most Staten Islanders don’t know that Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna & Thomas Adams invented modern day Chewing Gum on Staten Island. Here’s the interesting tale in an excerpt from Hidden History of Staten Island by Theresa Anarumo and Maureen Seaberg.

With its remarkable buildings and colorful history, Stapleton has been and continues to be a major commercial center due to its proximity to the New York Harbor, the ferry (which transports approximately 75,000 people daily) and the Verrazano Bridge.

Take a trip down memory lane and watch this cool video by Maxine Wilde that’s sure to pique the interest of local history buffs.

The Staten Island Ferry has played host to many film sets and impromptu viral videos over the years. So, it should come as no surprise that the ferry was once featured on an episode of I Love Lucy.

We’ve created an embed of Google’s timelapse map of Staten Island. It’s interesting to see events like the construction of Richmond County Ballpark and the renovation of Fresh Kills happen in the blink of an eye.

History of the Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard

By now we’ve seen the Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard from both kayak and drone, but neither of those views included much in the way of information. Today, we share a video that explains the history of the Staten Icon.