Discovering Staten Island: A 350th Anniversary Commemorative History

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As one of the five boroughs of New York City, Staten Island has a rich and colorful past, and it is full of places where people have shaped the city, state and nation. To commemorate its 350th anniversary, local community leaders and educators have gathered together this unprecedented collection. Walk in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin, Susan B. Anthony, Langston Hughes, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the Dalai Lama; visit Revolutionary War sites; relive the entreprencurial drive and inventiveness of business ...

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Overview

As one of the five boroughs of New York City, Staten Island has a rich and colorful past, and it is full of places where people have shaped the city, state and nation. To commemorate its 350th anniversary, local community leaders and educators have gathered together this unprecedented collection. Walk in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin, Susan B. Anthony, Langston Hughes, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the Dalai Lama; visit Revolutionary War sites; relive the entreprencurial drive and inventiveness of business and medical pioneers; and imagine the lives of Irish, Norwegian, Italian, Sri Lankan and Liberian immigrants. Its shores are awash in history, from Lenape trails to Dutch and French farms, from the Atlantic Terra Cotta Company to legendary sports figures and quaint historic districts. Their struggles, hardships, triumphs and achievements, in spectacular and everyday Staten Island locations, are brought to life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609491703
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 626,158
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Welcome Mayor Michael Bloomberg 9

Welcome Borough President James P. Molinaro 10

Preface Thomas Matteo 11

Introduction and Acknowledgements Kenneth M. Gold Lori R. Weintrob 13

1 Transportation Kenneth M. Gold 15

"The Future of Transportation and Mobility on Staten Island" Jonathan Peters 27

2 Education and Health Patricia Tooker Andrew Wilson 31

"Letter from a Grandson: Staten Island University Hospital at Its 150th Anniversary" Anthony C. Ferreri 36

3 Business and the Economy Charles L. Sachs 48

"Staten Island Advance at 125" Brian J. Laline 54

Richmond County Savings Foundation 63

4 Ethnicity and Immigration Christopher Mulé Lori R. Weintrob 66

"A Land of Opportunity: Ven conmigo! Vieni con Me! Yee Noh!" Aurelia Curtis 79

5 Food and Drink by si350 Inc. Committee 80

More Tastes of Staten Island 93

6 The Arts Meg Ventrudo 95

"A Dream: Save the St. George Theatre" Doreen Cugno 98

7 Sports Jay Price 110

8 Environment Jessica Kratz 124

"A National Model for Land Reuse: Freshkills Park" Eloise Hirsch 133

9 Civic and Political Life James Kaser 140

"The NAACP: Family Ties and Civic Leadership" Dolores N. Morris 145

10 Architecture Barnett Shepherd 156

11 Military History Phillip Papas 170

12 Religion Patricia M. Salmon 187

"A Common Purpose, a Higher Purpose" Rabbi Gerald Sussman 200

Appendix A The Staten Island Legacy Trail-Twenty-Five Sites to Discover 203

Appendix B List of Staten Island Borough Presidents 206

Appendix C si350 Board Members and Committees 207

Bibliography 209

Index Marcy Felsenfeld Peter Levine 211

About the Contributors 223

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