Just a few years ago, the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility housed a thousand or so inmates. But in a few months, this Staten Island prison will be home to one of the largest movie studio in the country outside of the West Coast.
If somebody went and made kvetching an organized sport, New Yorkers would no doubt be among the game's most preternaturally gifted bellyachers. But what, exactly, would they complain about?
Just a week after Hurricane Sandy plunged New York and New Jersey into a state of emergency from which they have yet to recover, another storm is on its way. A Nor'easter, and a big, nasty one by the looks of it.
This time it was no hype. Sandy rampaged through New York, New Jersey and the rest of the Northeast. The damage has been enormous: more than a hundred dead, massive flooding everywhere, collapsed buildings, generator malfunctions in hospitals, multiple fires, city-wide blackouts and explosions in power plants.
We hear about new species of animals and bugs discovered in far flung parts of the globe all the time. Yawn. But this newfound froggy was spotted amidst the concrete and taxi cabs of Staten Island.
In 1966, community activists successfully stopped the construction of the Richmond Parkway Interchange, a stretch of highway that urban planning titan Robert Moses wanted to run through the forested Staten Island Greenbelt. After construction ceased, this highway became cracked and crumbled by time.
You know recession has reached a new low when two Italian plumbers from Brooklyn go to Staten Island to beat a cabbie and steal his cash. That's more or less what happened at this gas station last Halloween.
As if you needed more evidence that texting is more dangerous than swine flu, a 15-year-old girl from Staten Island walked into an open manhole while texting. She's fine, don't worry, although she did lose a shoe in the sewer.