Staten Island is one of the five boroughs of New York City. There's Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Usually people identify themselves by what borough they're from. From what I've seen, people usually only say they live in New York City when they talk to people from outside the area.
If you're talking mailing addresses, I believe it's only Manhattan addresses that say New York City.
And yes, there were, and still are many garbage dumps there.
Yup, don't get me wrong though, I don't think there is anything wrong with being a suburbanite (or a City dweller or rural farmer or woodsy type which I have become) I just hate the poser attitude of people who believe they are part of a culture that they really aren't. I have no problem with people of different cultures making others aware of or just explaining various aspects of their culture meant to educate but allow one to internalize that information to create their own understanding of or deciding if it is valuable to encorperate into their own culture. I have a problem with people who assume the surface value of the culture in which they live, without truly understanding, and then believe that they even HAVE culture on top of believing it the superior culture and forcefully preaching this perverted structure onto others whom they deem woefully without respect or value. There is nothing worse for those Americans who believe all they see on stations like FoxNews and Hardball on MSNBC,without really looking into the issues and then have the nerve to try and "educate" the democrats, liberals, and just plain old immigrants of the right and wrong of things. Staten Islanders are by far the worse group of people I have met in this regard. They emphasize and force greater "accent" when they speak, talk about worldly issues as though they are world ambassadors despite the fact that most of them have only ever been out of the island to go to manhattan or the Jersey Shore, preach how (especially in the conference finals of 2012) Henrik Lundquist is a superior goalie to Martin Brodeur (or Lundquist being better than Brodeur when he was the same age, NUTS!), and how pretty much all of them claim to have some connection to the Italian Mafia with which they threaten you. Ugh, I'm so glad that I have yet to have one annoy me while on the frequent trips I make into the Wharton State forest. I bet more than half of those offroading jerks that ruin the quiet solitude in the pines and trample the plant life scaring the woodland creatures are from that's awful island! New thought I just had! If you are one of those off road tromping types and (bonus!)happen to be Staten Island residents, please let me know when you are out and about in your monster truck in the forests of the pine barrens, I'll come by. You won't see me, as inconsequential as I am on my own two feet with my vast knowledge of the inner landscape of the barrens, but when you realize your tires have gone completely flat....well you might say you had an encounter of a sort, with the Jersey Devil himself!I drove through Brooklyn last week. I took a wrong turn by route 27 near Prospect Park and had to drive the Fort Hamilton Parkway all the way down to where it intersects 278. It was a stressful experience for this boy from the Pines.
Since I had to go through Staten Island, your description of the neighborhoods seems accurate; homogenous and much different than the melting pot and bustling city feel of Brooklyn.
Go to the John A Phillips preserve. Plenty of pines there. You will find the trailhead at the back of the park behind the baseball diamond.I need some help figuring out what parks, preserves, or trails there is near Old Bridge. Its not a long trip from the city and I see there are some woods near "Water Works" including a beautiful lake there known as tennant pond, this is on the west side of route 9, then there is one further south off route 18. This is much closer than I thought, I figured I'd have to go further south. But according to the maps at live.local there is plenty of pines in Old Bridge. I just want to make sure I am going to public property.