The Staten Island Rapid Transit was dynamic in that it was a commuter railroad, with cars that were very similar to the average city subway cars; yet it was also a freight railroad that carried a majority of Baltimore and Ohio’s traffic for the New York Harbor. The first passenger train was inspected on February 1, 1860, and ran from Vanderbilt’s Landing (modern-day Clifton) to Eltingville.
Staten Island History
Staten Island has a storied history, there are surely many facts that you don’t already know. In the video above, YouTuber , Jess Lynn, made a great little slideshow that explains the origins of the Staten Island Advance, Miller Field, and more. Vintage photos are paired with facts about the island, and set to The Morning Line’s “Staten Island” to create an educational experience for you.
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.
It’s very easy to find historic photos and postcards of Stapleton online. Some are on sale on eBay. Many from the NYC archives.
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