I am not sure about any of you but until Sandy made landfall I did not realize that the borough of Staten Island is actually considered to be part of NYC. After the storm, many of the residents felt that their situation was overshadowed by its sister boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan. Not long after the storm MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell shined a light on this quieter part of New York City on the Rewrite segment on The Last Word:
“To see Staten Island-all of it-would be to rewrite your understanding of NYC. It is the place in NYC where wild deer run across roadways. It is not the New York you know. It is a place apart from NYC, five miles over the water on the ferry from Manhattan-and, in many ways, it might as well be a world away. Staten Island has almost everything that the rest of NYC has except skyscrapers. But it has much more.
Wherever you live in American, Staten Island has a street that looks like a street in your town. Rich-looking, suburban streets with mansions, small town streets with handsome, humble homes that families hold onto for generations. If you got lost in the middles of the island, you could be in a spot that you might mistake for Vermont or West Virginia. It is America’s biggest small town.”
I have been on Staten Island since Sunday and I can say that I have felt welcomed by everyone! I am excited and happy to have been a part of the post-Sandy Rebuilding Effort. More to come…