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Staten Island is one of the five boroughs of New York City, an island on the west side of the Narrows at the entrance of the New York Harbor. The borough has a population of more than 463,000 and it is growing, but it is often forgotten for the other boroughs. It is the most remote borough of New York City, and is a little suburban in its atmosphere. There is a bridge to the island from Brooklyn, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, so you can drive across with your luxury car rental in New York City or take the ferry from Manhattan.
The first settlers came to the island about 14,000 years ago, but the first permanent settlers settled about 5000 years ago. In the 16th century the island was inhabited by the Delaware and other peoples who moved around. European contact with the island has been established in 1524 and Henry Hudson established Dutch trade in the area in 1609 and named the area "Staaten Eylandt". The Island became part of the British colonies in 1667. It played an important role in the American Revolutionary War as a strategic location for the British. In the 1980s there was some movement for on the island for succession from New York City, but that ended when Rudolph Giuliani became mayor. There is a lot to do on Staten Island when you have a car rental in New York City.
Staten Island in Popular Culture
One of Staten Island's most famous natives is Christina Aguilera, although she was raised in Pittsburgh. Many very famous movies were also filmed on Staten Island, including The Godfather, Working Girl, War of the Worlds, and GoodFellas. Banishment to Staten Island was once a threat for police in New York City. On Law & Order, Chris Noth's character was sent to Staten Island when he hit a councilman.
Things to Do on Staten Island
There are a number of museums on Staten Island that you can visit with your luxury car rental in New York City. The Conference House is famous for the Peace Conference held there on September 11, 1776. It is the only pre-Revolutionary manor house that still survives in New York City. Historic Richmond Town is an open-air live museum located in Richmondtown, near the center of the island. Here you will can see the former courthouse, commercial and government buildings, farm buildings, and homes relocated from other parts of Staten Island. The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art is located on Lighthouse Hill on Staten Island and is easy to get to with your luxury car rental in New York City. The museum is held in two fieldstone buildings that resemble a Himalayan monastery. There are over 1200 pieces made up of mostly Tibetan Buddhist art that dates from the 15th to the 20th century. The pieces include metal sculptures, thangkas, ritual objects, and historical photographs. There are depictions of Shakyamuni Buddha, arhats, lamas, meditation deities, and much more. In 1991 the Dalai Lama visited the museum and found it very useful. Finally there is the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on the north shore of Staten Island along the Kill Van Kull. It is easy to get to with a car rental in New York City. There are 26 historic Greek Revival, Beaux Arts, Italianate, and Victorian style buildings on 83 acres of land. There is also the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art and the Staten Island Botanical Gardens found here.
Staten Island is a great place to visit in New York City when you feel like getting away from the city for a bit with your luxury car rental in New York City. Drive or take the ferry, you are sure to have a great time!
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