I've heard a lot about Staten Island being the 'forgotten borough.' Why is that? Is it because the residents are working class, with thick accents, and the city looks down upon them as a result? Or is it because the borough has more parks and greenery than Manhattan, so there's not as much of a 'city feeling' there?
Staten Island is an incredibly diverse borough and has lots of things to do. The borough has a zoo, some museums and a botanical garden. It's also got over 170 parks and 9,300 acres of green space. It's a great place to hike, bike and take in the stunning views of New York City. The borough is also home to a wide variety of wildlife, including white-tailed deer (which have been increasing in population due to a hunting ban) and hundreds of birds.
Despite its reputation for being a "forgotten borough," Staten Island has plenty to offer visitors. It's also a more affordable place to live than Manhattan or Brooklyn. The average home price is $287,000, which is a fraction of the price in NYC's other boroughs.
Staten Island may be a little more edgy than the other boroughs, but that doesn't mean it's bad. The borough is full of good restaurants, and there's no shortage of places to see the sights. The ground has just been broken on the New York Wheel, which should help bring more visitors to the borough.