Staten Island: Agricultural histories and a recreational future


You prob­a­bly don’t asso­ciate Staten Island with images of pas­toral farm­land. That could change with one visit to the Museum of the City of New York. Their lat­est exhibit, From Farm to City: Staten Island, 1661–2012, traces the his­tory of NYC’s most maligned bor­ough through cen­turies of devel­op­ment. Fea­tur­ing his­tor­i­cal images as well as panoramic color pho­tographs by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, images include fish­ing ports, indus­try, nat­ural wet­lands, and the devel­op­ment of sub­urbs and vibrant urban spaces alike.

You can also wit­ness Staten Island devel­op­ment in action at a pre­view of Freshkills Park, a trans­for­ma­tion of a 2,200-acre land­fill into recre­ation space on Staten Island’s west shore. The park’s third annual pre­view on Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 23 from 11 am – 4 pm will fea­ture activ­i­ties, includ­ing kite mak­ing, walk­ing tours, food trucks, and local art vendors.

 Image: MCNY