History on Bay

Believe it or not we had our very own “Temperance Movement” right here in the Westerleigh neighborhood of Staten Island. Picture frolicking through meadows, attending lectures, live poetry readings, ball and tennis playing, and even horseback riding all along the closely knit community known as Westerleigh. It was then a bucolic setting that housed visitors from all over the east coast. The park’s transportation was a Trolley Line running from Port Richmond at the time.

A hot-spot for urban exploration on Staten Island, the abandoned farm colony in Seaview has been documented more times than we can list. With the planned transformation of the space into condos in the near future, we’re sure to see a bevy of new clips like the one above which sees Untapped Cities visit the eerie grounds.

From the depths of Youtube, this week we bring you something very special: a 1988 archival film showcasing the historical context of various styles of homegrown music on Staten Island and the legacies of some of these famous styles, artists, and traditions. Some of which still continue to this day.

In addition to the Tibetan Museum and the Light House on the exclusive and highly desirable section of Staten Island known as Light House Hill; there is also a residential and highly aesthetic home designed by the one and only, Frank Lloyd Wright.

Many of us may be fans of Sleepy Hollow, the television series, the Tim Burton film, and originally the short story by Washington Irving. Those familiar know that the story’s protagonist is a that of a “highly superstitious school master” named Ichabod Crane.

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.

Above is a cool little slideshow from YouTuber, John Sublett. Included in this collection of slides viewers are treated to a slice of old Staten Island. Specifically, viewers are treated to memories of Staten Island beaches from days gone by.

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.

Staten Island has a storied history, there are surely many facts that you don’t already know. In the video above, YouTuber , Jess Lynn, made a great little slideshow that explains the origins of the Staten Island Advance, Miller Field, and more. Vintage photos are paired with facts about the island, and set to The Morning Line’s “Staten Island” to create an educational experience for you.

The video in this post shows a handful of random archival footage, showing the Verrazano in various stages of construction. If you can look past the timecode and other annoying titles on screen, it’s interesting to look back at the iconic structure in days gone by. It’s just too bad there’s so little.