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Staten Island pron.: /ˌstætən ˈlənd/ is one of the five boroughs of New York City, located in the southwest part of the city. Staten Island is separated from New Jersey by the Arthur Kill and the Kill Van Kull, and from the rest of New York byNew York Bay. With a population of 468,730, Staten Island is the least populated of the boroughs but is the third-largest in area at 59 sq mi (153 km2).

The borough is coextensive with Richmond County, and until 1975 the borough was officially named the Borough of Richmond.[1] Staten Island has been sometimes called "the forgotten borough" by inhabitants who feel neglected by the city government.[2][3]

The North Shore — especially the neighborhoods of St. GeorgeTompkinsvilleClifton, and Stapleton — is the most urban part of the island; it contains the officially designated St. George Historic District and the St. Paul’s Avenue-Stapleton Heights Historic District, which feature large Victorian houses. The East Shore is home to the 2.5-mile F.D.R. Boardwalk, the fourth-longest in the world.[4] The South Shore developed rapidly beginning in the 1960s and 1970s, and is mostly suburban in character. The West Shore is the least populated and most industrial part of the island.

Staten Island used to claim the largest landfill in the world.[5] It was closed in 2001, then shortly afterward temporarily reopened to receive the debris from the September 11th attacks.[6] The landfill is being made into what will be New York City's second largest public park.[7]


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