North Shore, Staten Island, Hidden Finds

Staten Odd-land: Strange fishing shacks and a hidden auto graveyard on the North Shore waterfront

STATEN ISLAND, N,Y. – I’ve been on Bank Street in New Brighton a bunch of times in recent months, looking at an abandoned building and keeping track of the demolition of the old U.S. Gypsum plant. I thought I’d seen everything there was to see in the area, but you never know what you’ll find if you keep looking.

Vacant and Abandoned:: Staten Island, New York

Staten Odd-land: The vacant and abandoned, including your favorite late-night drunk eatery

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – If you want to find quirky spots on Staten Island, get out of your car and walk. Or if you drive, keep your eyes open. There are plenty of roadside attractions in the borough if you pay attention.

Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, Old History

Staten Odd-land: The mysterious silos of Mariners Harbor (commentary)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – I first noticed them while on assignment on a nearby street in Mariners Harbor: Towering gray silos that had the look of a castle from the Middle Ages. Tom Wrobleski | You can catch a glimpse of them when you drive or walk by on Union Avenue.

Old U.S. Gypsum Factory, Staten Island

Staten Odd-land: Vistas of destruction as U.S. Gypsum building is demolished (commentary)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Buildings on the sprawling site in New Brighton that once housed the U.S. Gypsum Plant continue to come down. I visited the site a number of times while some recent demolition was going on. Each visit revealed a new vista of destruction amid ever-increasing piles of discarded industrial debris and gigantic machine parts.

Edgewater Street, Staten Island, New York

Staten Odd-land: Vacant brickhouse a mysterious gem on Edgewater Street (commentary)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – I stumbled across this site while photographing a vacant industrial property nearby. I’ve been to Edgewater Plaza plenty of times in the past, but never noticed the vacant brick building right next door. Tom Wrobleski | That cool distressed brick look.

Walking Tour of Victory Blvd., Staten Island

The Wanderer: From ‘Smalltown USA’ to ethnic enclaves and iconic businesses, Victory Boulevard has it all

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Victory Boulevard is one of the major roadways in all of Staten Island. Running just over eight miles, Victory winds its way from the industrial grit of Chelsea and Travis to the ethnic melting pot of the North Shore.

Victory Blvd., Staten Island, 1980s Revisted

Remember these cool Victory Boulevard bars and shops from the 1980s?

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Neighborhoods are about people. But they’re also about the delis and bars and restaurants and hardware stores where we shop. They become part of the fabric of our lives, and remain personal landmarks long after they’re gone.

Hidden city farm on Victory Boulevard looks to save the planet one plant at a time

Hidden city farm on Victory Boulevard looks to save the planet one plant at a time

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – I found this spot while doing my recent walk down Victory Boulevard. I’d no doubt driven past it many times over the years while driving in the area. Tom Wrobleski | This was one of the first looks I had of the native plant center.

Staten Odd-land: Top of the world at abandoned industrial site

Staten Odd-land: Top of the world at abandoned industrial site

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Sometimes you don’t have guts enough to fully investigate an abandoned site. It’s too dangerous, you say. I’ll get stopped by the police or the property owner. And sometimes you get a second chance… Tom Wrobleski | There’s an old oil storage facility off of Front Street in Stapleton, near the Urby complex.

Staten Island South Shore Proposal Withdrawn

Controversial Special District proposal to be withdrawn amid community outrage

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A controversial Special Districts Text Amendment proposed by the Department of City Planning (DCP) will be officially withdrawn, according to two local lawmakers. Councilman Steven Matteo (R-Mid-Island) and Councilman Joe Borelli (R-South Shore) announced Monday that DCP will withdraw a controversial proposal that many Staten Islanders feel would have limited their rights as property owners by placing rigid restrictions on the ways in which they could develop their land.