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What to Know Before Moving to Staten Island:

Staten Island, a community full of natural protected parks, safe streets, gorgeous homes and architecture, and beautiful beaches, is a vibrant and culturally beautiful New York City borough.  Enjoy delicious and mouth-watering foods at some of the “old school” Italian restaurants, or enjoy live music and entertainment on the weekends.  The less expensive cost of living in this borough allows your dollar to go father.  Come and enjoy these wonderful perks of the life of Staten Island!

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Staten Island Places to Live
Staten Island Places to Live

Great Places to Live in Staten Island:

According to the locals, Staten Island is known for three things: the friendly culture, the local ferry, and the delicious pizza.  Living in Staten Island gives you several housing options.  Choose to live in inland communities or choose to wake up every morning with amazing oceanside sunrises.  This city is sure to brighten your day and engage your lifestyle.

West Brighton

West Brighton is ranked as one of the safest neighborhoods in Staten Island.  Older built homes fill this community, but newer, modern ones are available as well.  Its population of 13,491 gives life to the urban suburban mixed feel of the area.  Unlike other NYC borough neighborhoods, West Brighton residents choose to own their homes by a ratio of 65%.  Median home value is listed as $495,987, with a median rent of $1,330.  The average household income comes in at $80,743.

Huguenot – Woodrow

Huguenot, also known as “Woodrow”, is near the south shore.  This area gives ranchers a chance to own a bigger piece of land.  Housing options range from townhomes to million dollar estates.  Most of the 9,967 residents that live here, choose to own their home.  Median home values are listed at $587,801 and rent for a monthly fee of $1,289.  The average household income in Huguenot is $99,919.

New Springville

New Springville, located right in the middle of Staten Island, is close to CUNY College, La Tourette City Park, and a local mall.  Enjoy the fine dining and shopping as well as the nature trails and parks. Sandwiched by Freshkills Park and La Tourette Park, the New Springville community is 20,681 people strong.  Seventy-six percent of the population tend to own their home.  Median home value is $457,218; median rent is $1,608; median household income is $84,520.

Other Communities

Other communities on the list of best places to live in Staten Island include Todt Hill, with its beautiful gated homes, landscaped yard, and inviting swimming pools.  It also is the highest peak along the eastern seaboard.  New Dorp continues to give Staten Island character as this neighborhood has several colonial homes that take you back in time with their antique design.  Oakwood, Arden Heights, High Rock, Charleston, Great Kills, and Pleasant Plains all offer great amenities and features to the Staten Island name.


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Staten Island Careers and Opportunities
Staten Island Careers and Opportunities

Career Opportunities & Industries in Staten Island:

While both men and women work here, Staten Island is one of the most female-friendly places to work in New York.  Greenhouse Software, Inc is a computer software company that employs approximately 150 people.  EMD Diamonds, (naturally a female friendly industry!), is a smaller company that has best ratings for supporting family growth, maternity and adoptive leave.
These qualities make it easy for a working mother to focus on both her family and her business.  A larger company, >CA Technologies employs over 10,000 in the Staten Island area.  This computer software company receives 4.2 stars on their ratings from  Palo Alto Networks is a computer and network security company with several locations in the Staten Island area.  In the fashion and apparel industry, Grailed ranks high on the list.  LinkedIn and The Boston Consulting Group are massive employers, providing more that 10,000 people with job opportunities in the internet and management industries.  Other big name employers include Castlight Health, Synchrony, Zillow, TNTP, ThoughtWorks, ACLU, Johnson & Johnson, Ceridian, Goldman Sachs, New York-Presbyterian  Hospital, and Rutgers University.
Staten Island Things to Do
Staten Island Things to Do

Things to Do in Staten Island:

Among the famous buildings and landmarks on Staten Island, is the city’s only living historic village. Sandy Ground, the continuously oldest black settlement in the United States, is found right here in this amazing community!  Every square mile of this borough is filled with history and interest.  Take in the breathtaking Manhattan skyline or visit the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden.  Top Staten Island Museums include Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, the National Lighthouse Museum,Sandy Ground Historical Museum, Museum of Maritime Navigation & Communication, Staten Island Museum, and The Noble Maritime Collection.  Majestic estates to visit include the Alice Austen House, the Seguine-Burke Mansion, and the Conference House.  Theaters and churches are among the most beautiful architecture and design in the area.  Be sure to stop by Reformed Church, St. George’s Theatre, and the Staten Island Borough Hall.

Families and younger children will enjoy the Staten Island Zoo, Clove Lakes Park, The Carousel for All Children, and the WWII Veterans War Memorial Ice Skating Rink. Take a free ride on the ferry and get a perfect view of the Statue of Liberty.  Venture over to Fort Wadsworth, one of the oldest military sites in the U.S.  View the Manhattan skyline from the observatory deck.  Enjoy some amazing pizza at Tony’s Brick Oven Pizza, or a quick lunch at Montalbano’s.

Staten Island is really more than meets the eye.  Along with its miles of beaches and shore lines, it has 170 parks.  Take in some breathtaking sights along the New York Harbor or Raritan Bay.

You cannot leave the island without seeing the emotionally moving September 11 Memorial.  This is tourist spot number one.  It will inspire you.  It will encourage you.  It will remind you that our country, our America is one to be cherished, loved, and fought for.  The unique structure includes names, birthdays, occupations, and silhouettes of every victim.

Crime in Staten Island:

Staten Island is safer than 49% of United States cities.  It has an annual crime total of 6,139.  Property crimes cover 4,702 of that total, while violent crimes make up the other 1,437 crimes.  Some of the safest neighborhoods are Huguenot, Princes Bay, Duer Ave/Mcclean Ave, Giffords Ln/Michael Ct, and Arden Ave/Carlton Blvd.

Getting Around Town – Transportation in Staten Island:

Transit around the island is convenient and reliable with these services.  The Staten Island Ferry is free and runs all day, every day.  Staten Island’s public transportation is operated by the MTA and consists of the Staten Island Railroad and several bus lines.  Staten Island is also part of the bike share program.  An app on your phone allows you to scan a QR code on the bike.  Simply scan and ride!  Along with these modes, there are also several taxi and car services.
Staten Island Education
Staten Island Education

Schools in Staten Island:

There are only 293 schools on Staten Island, with 213 of them being private schools.  Scoring 10/10 according to, Naples Street Elementary School, PS 5 Huguenot, and PS 50 Frank Hankinson are the three top elementary schools on the island.  Middle school options at the top of the list according to the same source include IS 34 Tottenville, IS 7 Elias Berstein, and IS 75 Frank D Paulo.  High schools  top choices are Staten Island Technical School and CSI High School for International Studies.  There are three colleges on Staten Island: St. Paul’s School of Nursing-Staten Island, Wagner College, and College of Staten Island CUNY.

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