Staten Island is home to some of the oldest buildings in New York City, including one of the city’s only living historic villages! From Sandy Ground – the continuously oldest black settlement in the United States- to Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden- one of the first established retirement homes for sailors in the 19th century- it’s hard to walk a few feet without stumbling upon some interesting history. The borough is also rich with maritime history, so whether you love singing sea shanties, are interested in maritime life, or just adore lighthouses, you’ll want to learn about Staten Island’s contributions to the maritime industry and lore over the years. Staten Island has four shores and surrounded by many bodies of water that connect to Manhattan and New Jersey. You’ll want to stop and take in the views of the Manhattan skyline and Raritan Bay, all seen from Staten Island shores.