Best known for its vast parks & beach areas, Staten Island is a place where many generations of people have come to make a good life for their families. Staten Island has always been known for its family values & slower pace of living. Yet, we are just a boat ride away from the most exciting place in the world…”Manhattan”.
For residents of other boroughs, Staten Island’s beaches & parks are a retreat from the crowded city streets. This is a borough, rich in history!
Generally, the North shore is deemed to consist of the communities located within ZIP codes 10303, 10302, & 10310 in their entirety, along with all of the areas covered by 10301 except Sunnyside, & those parts of 10304 & 10305 that lie north of the Staten Island expressway. Under this definition, Mariners Harbor, Port Richmond, West Brighton, St.George, Tompkinsville, Stapleton, Clifton, & Rosebank, are included among the north shores neighborhoods.
The south shore is the geographical term applied to the area of Staten Island South & East of the Island ridge of hills (Richmond Creek & Fresh Kills south of Historic Richmond Town) along the water front and adjacent areas from Narrows to the mouth of the Arthur Kill. Although many observers prefer to restrict it’s scope to the neighborhoods located between the shoreline of Raritan Bay on one side & Richmond Creek & Fresh Kills on the other, thus encompassing the neighborhoods of Great Kills to Tottenville only.
Prior to the 1960s, the south shore was widely undeveloped, however, after the building of Verrazano Narrows Bridge, its population rose sharply.