Most Staten Islanders don’t know that Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna & Thomas Adams invented modern day Chewing Gum on Staten Island. Here’s the interesting tale in an excerpt from Hidden History of Staten Island by Theresa Anarumo and Maureen Seaberg.
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With its remarkable buildings and colorful history, Stapleton has been and continues to be a major commercial center due to its proximity to the New York Harbor, the ferry (which transports approximately 75,000 people daily) and the 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.
The Staten Island Ferry has played host to many film sets and impromptu viral videos over the years. So, it should come as no surprise that the ferry was once featured on an episode of I Love Lucy.
We’ve created an embed of Google’s timelapse map of Staten Island. It’s interesting to see events like the construction of Richmond County Ballpark and the renovation of Fresh Kills happen in the blink of an eye.
By now we’ve seen the Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard from both kayak and drone, but neither of those views included much in the way of information. Today, we share a video that explains the history of the Staten Icon.
We’ve all heard the rumors growing up. Some of us may have even gone on group excursions to check them out. I’m talking about those supposedly haunted Staten Island locations that dare to scare and cause the curious to become brave.
The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is located in the Staten Island town of Tompkinsville. It is a preserved home of two of the most influential men of the 19th century. During the years of 1851 – 1853 Giuseppe Garibaldi and Antonio Meucci co-habitated in this Gothic Revival Cottage.
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.
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