Staten Island

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Staten Island
Richmond County
Borough of New York City and County
The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, looking toward Staten Island from Brooklyn
The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, looking toward Staten Island from Brooklyn
Flag of Staten Island
Flag
Nickname(s): "The Forgotten Borough"
Location of Staten Island, shown in red, in New York City
Location of Staten Island, shown in red, in New York City
Country  United States of America
State  New York
County Richmond (coextensive)
City New York City
Settled 1661
Named for Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond (Richmond County)
Seat none
Government
 • Type Borough (New York City)
 • Borough president James Oddo (R)
(Borough of Staten Island)
 • District Attorney Michael McMahon (D)
(Richmond County)
Area
 • Total 102.5 sq mi (265 km2)
 • Land 58.5 sq mi (152 km2)
 • Water 44 sq mi (110 km2)  43%
Population (2016)
 • Total 476,015[1]
 • Density 8,112.1/sq mi (3,132.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern Standard Time (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4)
Zip code prefix 103
Area code 718/347/929, 917
Website www.statenislandusa.com

Staten Island is a borough of New York City. Fewer than half a million people live there, the smallest population of any of the five boroughs. Three bridges connect Staten Island to New Jersey, and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connects to Brooklyn. A passenger railroad runs along the south shore to the northeast end of the island, which is called Saint George. The borough has the same boundaries as the county Richmond County.

The free Staten Island Ferry carries 21 million passengers each year the five miles (eight km) across New York Harbor between Saint George and Manhattan.[2] Nine ferry boats provide the service which began in the 1700s.

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  2. "Staten Island Ferry". siferry.com. 2011 [last update]. http://www.siferry.com/. Retrieved February 19, 2011.

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