Friday, November 2, 2012
Staten is the borough of New York I know least. In 20 years of living here, I've been through it maybe twice, in the back of a car heading from Brooklyn to New Jersey, and I didn't exactly stop to look around. I've never once ridden the Staten Island Ferry.
Staten Island has always been a place apart in New York City. It is the smallest borough in terms of population (but still bigger than Washington DC, Boston, or Miami). Politically, it is usually the most conservative of the 5 Boroughs, though it's a nest of heathen lefties by Texas standards. It used to be known as the "Cops and Robbers" Borough because so many NYPD cops lived out there next door to guys employed by the Mafia (sometimes the two groups were in the same family). There are affluent suburban neighborhoods on the island, not so affluent working class neighborhoods, housing projects, and even some farms. The southern part of the island is still very rural.
As the sun rises on New York City after Sandy, it turns out that the borough that took the biggest hit was Richmond, aka Staten Island. At the moment, the official death toll city wide is 37. Staten Island accounts for 19 of those dead. The Island was completely unprepared for the unprecedented storm surge that swept through it, demolishing houses or sweeping them off of their foundations.
Usually residents of Staten Island are content to be ignored, but not now. Spare a little thought and prayer for the Island and give generously to the Red Cross.
Posted by Counterlight at Friday, November 02, 2012