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.
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.