As far as New Yorkers go, Staten Island is the most avoided borough. Straphangers rarely find themselves on the ferry to what seems like a completely different city.
Filmmaker Matthew Chirico's latest video frames the borough in a rare aesthetic. Beautiful aerial drone shots emphasize the island's many landscapes, from urban to rural to coastal. It sheds a quaint light on its charming history.
"Living on Staten Island for 24 years has given me some insight into the so-called 'Forgotten Borough,'" Chirico writes about the video. "Staten Island actually is the Borough of Parks. More than one-third of its landmass is protected parkland, so there are plenty of hiking trails, scenic bike paths, wild deer, hundreds of species of birds, miles of beach, and just good ole’ peace and quiet to be found, along with beautiful architecture, lakes and hidden gems."
Watch This, is Staten Island and catch the next ferry: