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.

Humpback Whale by the Verrazano Bridge

This clip is about two months old at this point, but based on the view count I’m assuming that most of you haven’t seen it. Back in may, YouTube user Holly Bosshard posted this clip of a Humpback Whale breaching with a view of the Verrazano Bridge in the background.

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.

It’s the middle of February and we’re all just waiting for summer. Today, we give you this drone film by Johnny Drone, which is a litle taste of summer on Staten Island’s shores. Shot in New Dorp and Midland Beaches, features the fishing pier and views of the Verrazano Bridge. We’ve got a couple of months to go, but the glow of the YouTube video should keep you warm in the meantime.

This week’s episode of Vin Forte’s ‘Any Time’ podcast features an interview with Will Ellis of Abandoned NYC, a blog where Ellis searches out the “weirdness, wildness, and mystery” of New York City. The urban explorer often times finds himself on our little island, because we have many interesting abandoned properties upon our shores. In the episode, Will and Vin discuss Staten Island’s abandoned Farm Colony, Will encountering a goat on Arthur Kill Road, and more.

Spanish pop-punk act, Balloon Fights, recently released a new album. Now, normally we wouldn’t be covering music from outside of the borough, let alone from outside of the country, but this release is special. Why? Because for some reason, Balloon Fights decided to call their new album “Staten Island.” It’s cover even features the Verrazano Bridge in all of it’s majesty.

Fort Wadsworth located at the Eastern shore of Staten Island occupying 226 acres is one of the oldest military installations in the United States. Its true beauty preserves the rich history of our country with magnificent views of New York Harbor to the west, the natural beauty of the Staten Island coastline to its east and the Brooklyn shoreline to the north.

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.

We’re seeing more and more video lately, of Staten Islanders taking their drones up on the island, giving us views that we’ve never been tall enough to take in. For this trip, YouTuber, InvincibleDon1, takes us on a tour of the air above the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George. You get some pretty great visuals of the Verrazano Bridge, Richmond County Ballpark, and the Manhattan skyline from that area.

Staten Island has been in the news a lot lately, for the upcoming revitalization of the north shore. This is not the first time that the rest of New York took an interest in our borough. Back in the 1960s shortly after the construction of the Verrazano Bridge, NY Illustrated (a television show that ran from 1967 through the 70s) put together this piece about how the island was, essentially, built.