I didn’t grow up on Staten Island, actually I’m a Brooklyn baby- born and bred. But my sugar daddy is a life long Islander and when we were looking for a place to rasie a family and settle down the two non-negotiables I wanted were the ability to park a car that wouldn’t cost me another mortgage payment every month and a patch of grass in front of my house.
For me Staten Island has always been the perfect mix of urban and suburban– we have our tree-lined quiet streets and yet if I need to be in Manhattan it’s just a ride over the Verrazano Bridge. There is such an abundance of community pride and commitment to our neighborhoods, our kids, the environment and causes that we are passionate about. It’s true I am in deep love with this Island– and it breaks my heart when we are cast off as a place where the bridge and tunnel crowd mate, where Jersey shore rejects and Mob Wives reside, and the unsightly and smelly Great Kills Garbage dump once permeated our air…but oh we are so much more than those few and far between caricatures and past garbage dump characterizations.
If you want to hear a bit more of my soliloquy in which I wax poetically about my love for our Shaolin (warts and all) check out my segment on NY1 news and I dare you to tell me there are not an abundance of reasons to love and treasure this island of ours- and if you don’t live here–so many reasons to come and visit!