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Old 02-09-2014, 10:15 PM
 
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So I'm from Staten Island and as you can imagine I've heard a lot of jokes about Staten Island growing up. Staten Island has horrible stereotypes and I know that every borough in New York has its stereotypes ~ Manhattan has a stereotype for being a bunch of yuppie transplants, Brooklyn and the Bronx have stereotypes for being ghetto, Queens has a stereotype for being um idk I can't really think of any stereotypes for Queens lol but people always say it's boring and there's nothing to do there ~ but I feel like Staten Island gets it worse than any other borough.

There's a stereotype that every single person from Staten Island is this orange, fist pumping, steroid addicted Guido like the kids you see on jersey shore and yes, there are people from Staten Island who are really like that and shows like mob wives and the fact that 3 people from jersey shore are from Staten Island and our borough president threatening a reporter isn't helping. ~ I actually hate jersey shore because it makes all Italian people look bad and I'm part Italian so I constantly hear stupid jokes from people telling me I should be on jersey shore ~

But I know tons of hard working, nice, kind, smart, amazing people Staten Island that aren't like that at all.

One time I had a job interview and I told the person I was from Staten Island and she was like "How's Snooki?" and Oh my God I wanted to die. I was so embarassed. First of all, Snooki isn't even from Staten Island and second, that's so ignorant.

There's also this show on HBO called Girls and Oh my God I hate this show. Besides the fact that it's so un real New York and it tries to act like it's better than Sex And The City when it's basically the same thing - a show about four privileged white women running around New York in this little bubble world, there's this one episode where two of the characters go to Staten Island and when they're on their way there as they're going into the ferry terminal one of the characters says something like "It's like the gates of Hell" and then when they're on Staten Island he says something like "Look at these people. They're all here stuck on this island wishing they lived in Manhattan" or something like that and Oh my God that's so annoying. I know tons of people who are proud to be from Staten Island.

Do any other Staten Islanders agree with me and feel like we get it worse than the other boroughs? I just don't understand all the hate. I don't even know why I'm ranting right now, it's not like the stereotypes bother me, it's just that I feel like Staten Island gets it a lot worse than the other boroughs.

People act like Staten Island is just this stupid island that no one cares about when it's actually contributed a lot to pop culture - Wu Tang, one of the greatest rap groups of all time is from here, Christina Aguilera, one of the greatest singers of all time is from here, Madonna, one of the most influential artists of all time filmed her music video Papa Don't Preach here, Lady GaGa, one of the hottest pop stars in the music industry right now filmed here music video Marry The Night here, The Godfather, one of the most iconic movies of all time was filmed here and so much other stuff.


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Old 02-09-2014, 10:20 PM
 
Location: New York City
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The South/East Shore is associated with the worst of Italian-American culture. Racism, big houses, loud, wanting to be segregated from everyone else, gold chains, fake tough guy, etc.

The North Shore is associated with some pretty nasty slums.

You need to take a ferry or a bridge to get to SI, and once you're there, there's nothing in terms of entertainment, not many famous restaurants, etc.

It's mostly disconnected from the rest of the city, due to the lack of subway presence. I think if they had connected the subway via the R-train as they had intended to numerous times over the last 125 years, Staten Island would be a much different place today, and the perception of it would be different as well. It would be more like Queens, instead of being considered more like Long Island, Westchester, or New Jersey.
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Glendale NY
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I like Staten Island. Have a lot of great memories there when I was younger. Unfortunately since all of family that use to live there left I never go there anymore.
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:38 PM
 
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The South/East Shore is associated with the worst of Italian-American culture. Racism, big houses, loud, wanting to be segregated from everyone else, gold chains, fake tough guy, etc.

The North Shore is associated with some pretty nasty slums.

You need to take a ferry or a bridge to get to SI, and once you're there, there's nothing in terms of entertainment, not many famous restaurants, etc.

It's mostly disconnected from the rest of the city, due to the lack of subway presence. I think if they had connected the subway via the R-train as they had intended to numerous times over the last 125 years, Staten Island would be a much different place today, and the perception of it would be different as well. It would be more like Queens, instead of being considered more like Long Island, Westchester, or New Jersey.
I agree with you about the south shore - it's disgusting. I'm from New Dorp, so I'm from like Central Staten Island and I grew up far from rich and yes a lot of people from over there are old school, ignorant, close minded, republican, rich, stuck in the 20's Italians.

And yes I agree with you about there being nothing to do here lol. But I feel like the only places to do something in the city would be in Manhattan and Brooklyn, there's nothing to do in the Bronx and Queens either, unless you're into baseball - then there's the Yankees and Mets stadiums lol. But yes there is nothing to do here if I'm gonna be honest, I spend most of my time in Manhattan.
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:42 PM
 
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I got love for Staten Island, most of my family is from there so I used to be there (North Shore) all the time. It seems more like NJ then NYC IMO.
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:47 PM
 
Location: New York City
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I agree with you about the south shore - it's disgusting. I'm from New Dorp, so I'm from like Central Staten Island and I grew up far from rich and yes a lot of people from over there are old school, ignorant, close minded, republican, rich, stuck in the 20's Italians.

And yes I agree with you about there being nothing to do here lol. But I feel like the only places to do something in the city would be in Manhattan and Brooklyn, there's nothing to do in the Bronx and Queens either, unless you're into baseball - then there's the Yankees and Mets stadiums lol. But yes there is nothing to do here if I'm gonna be honest, I spend most of my time in Manhattan.
You're lucky. New Dorp isn't like most of the rest of the island, because at least in New Dorp you've got a lot of restaurants and stores nearby. Bowling alleys, movie theaters, etc... while in some neighborhoods, it's like, you've got a pizzeria in walking distance, a bagel store, and that's about it.

Anything west of Bay Terrace is basically New Jersey, as far as I'm concerned, and I've lived in the South Shore, so I can say it.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Bronx
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Vanderbilt is from Staten Island.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY $$$
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I just hate how far away it feels. I can drive there in literally 20 minutes from my neighborhood but have to pay 14 dollars to enter.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:08 PM
 
Location: New York City
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I just hate how far away it feels. I can drive there in literally 20 minutes from my neighborhood but have to pay 14 dollars to enter.
It's a lot cheaper if you have EZPass.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY $$$
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It's a lot cheaper if you have EZPass.
I don't normally use tolls which is why I'm a bit careless to buy a ezpass. I want to go to Rutgers for graduate school, if I'm accepted I will def buy one.
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