The free Staten Island Ferry connects the borough to Manhattan and is a popular tourist attraction, providing views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Lower Manhattan.

George, Tompkinsville, Clifton, and Stapleton—is the most urban part of the island; it contains the designated St. Paul's Avenue-Stapleton Heights Historic District, which feature large Victorian houses. Staten Island has Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus lines and an MTA rapid transit line, the Staten Island Railway, which runs from the ferry terminal at St. Staten Island is the only borough that is not connected to the New York City Subway system.

The South Shore, site of the 17th-century Dutch and French Huguenot settlement, developed rapidly beginning in the 1960s and 1970s and is now mostly suburban in character.

Various Clovis artifacts have been discovered since then, on property owned by Mobil Oil.

The island was probably abandoned later, possibly because of the extirpation of large mammals on the island.

is one of the five boroughs of New York City in the U. The North Shore—especially the neighborhoods of St. Motor traffic can reach the borough from Brooklyn via the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and from New Jersey via the Outerbridge Crossing, Goethals Bridge, and Bayonne Bridge.

In the southwest of the city, Staten Island is the southernmost part of both the city and state of New York, with Conference House Park at the southern tip of the island and the state. The West Shore is the least populated and most industrial part of the island.

At the time of European contact, the island was inhabited by the Raritan band of the Unami division of the Lenape.

In Lenape, one of the Algonquian languages, Staten Island was called Aquehonga Manacknong, meaning "as far as the place of the bad woods", or Eghquhous, meaning "the bad woods".

Evidence of the first permanent Native American settlements and agriculture are thought to date from about 5,000 years ago, Rossville points are a distinct type of arrowhead that defines a Native American cultural period that runs from the Archaic period to the Early Woodland period, dating from about 1500 to 100 BC.

They are named for the Rossville section of Staten Island, where they were first found near the old Rossville Post Office building.

The area was part of the Lenape homeland known as Lenapehoking.