History on Bay

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.

Last week, we brought you some modern summer footage to help you get through the last of this winter. Today, we’ll do the same, only with some vintage footage. In the video above, you see a slice of 1940s Staten Island life.

Many of you are probably too young for this, but back in 1960 there was a mid-air collision over Staten island, and one of the planes crashed into Staten Island’s Miller Air Field (Now, Miller Field.)

Rides and Rambles on Staten Island highlights things to do around the island, and outlining adventures that people could have on our island, basically making ‘Rambles’ a pre-internet version of This Way on Bay.

The Bay Street Corridor & its surrounding neighborhood has enjoyed a rich history, from the Quarantine Grounds Buildings to the Railroad, Shipping & Terminal facilities to the historic neighborhoods & buildings, many which still stand today.

Once Upon A Time in Staten Island is a film by producer and longtime Staten Islander, Athur Siegel. The video, is a trailer for the film which combines still photos of Staten Island between the years of 1940 and 1963.

Staten Island drone enthusiast, Johnny Drone, is back with another great video shot with his DGI Phantom III. This clip, shot off the coast of South Beach takes us on a flyover of what Johnny refers to as “a mystery island” We get some beautiful shots of the island, which is actually Hoffman Island, featuring the Verrazano Bridge in the background.

Take a look at a 1960’s film showcasing what it was like to take a trip on the Staten Island Ferry back in the 1960s. It’s interesting to see how things have changed, and maybe moreso to see how things have remained the same in the time since this was shot.

Staten Island born, Cornelius Vanderbilt, is one of the richest men that was ever born on the island. The fantastic video above details his rise to success and his history on our forgotten borough.

This video takes a look at the history of the Kreischer Mansion, which can be found on Arthur Kill Road in the Charleston section of the island. The house has a long history which includes a murder and a potential haunting, which are oddly unrelated.