History on Bay

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.

The South Beach Amusement Park was a Luna Park located on Sand Lane in Staten Island. Although off the beaten path of the actual boardwalk, it was quite popular and always crowded during the summer months. It had a fun house, Ferris wheel, bumper cars, arcade and covered eatery. As a kid, I fondly remember when my family and I would attend this timeless attraction.

The French Huguenots that settled in Staten Island during the latter part of the 1600s were refugees. They were from the Protestant Reformed Church of France during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. They were subject to severe religious persecution in their native France.

The Alice Austen House is a historical landmark that sits on the Upper New York Bay in Staten Island. In this post, we showcase a video about Clear Comfort. Viewers can take a tour of the grounds through the eyes of the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

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.