Watch: A 1960’s Documentary About Development on Staten Island After The Verrazano Bridge Opened
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.
This clip from NY Illustrated talks about the rapid, uncontrolled over-development of Staten Island after the opening of the Verrazano Bridge in 1964, and the fight by local activists to preserve the Island’s unspoiled Greenbelt from the planned Richmond Parkway.The video was posted by YouTuber, Michael Pauw.
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