New York City: Places to Explore

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Staten Island

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Legally part of New York City, Staten Island is in many ways a world apart. The "Forgotten Borough," as some locals refer to it, is geographically more separate, less populous, politically more conservative, and ethnically more homogeneous than the rest of the city. Hurricane Sandy hit New York City in October 2012 and Staten Island was among the hardest hit areas. Many residential properties and small neighborhood businesses were severely damaged but all of the cultural and destination points survived fairly unharmed. Rebuilding is ongoing and it's expected that restoration efforts will continue into 2014.

Despite this setback, Staten Island is full of surprises. Along with suburban sprawl, there are wonderful small museums, including a premier collection of Tibetan art, walkable woodlands, and a historic village replicating New York's rural past. And for a view of the skyline and the Statue of Liberty, nothing beats the 25-minute free ferry trip to Staten Island. To explore the borough, take the Staten Island Ferry from the southern tip of Manhattan. After you disembark, grab an S40 bus to the Snug Harbor Cultural Center (about 10 minutes) or take the S74 and combine visits to the Tibetan Museum and Historic Richmond Town.

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