History on Bay

Local news footage from 1990 documenting a tornado touchdown on Staten Island.

With Memorial Day Weekend in full swing, some people like to bring up the annual Staten Island Memorial Day Parade and get wistful about years gone by.

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.