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You’re looking for the best Staten Island hotels? Surely you have your reasons. To most New Yorkers, it is synonymous with the Staten Island Ferry, and that’s about it. But this often overlooked borough does have quite a bit of history. Staten Island was discovered in 1524 by Giovanni da Verrazano and named by Henry Hudson in 1609. In 1898, Staten Island became one of New York City’s five boroughs. Service to Manhattan actually began in 1712, although the Ferry as we know it today was instituted by Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1829. Today, the borough has an extensive park system, historical homes and the Greenbelt, a nature preserve that spans 2,800 acres, and of course Staten Island Zoo. You can even dine at the best Staten Island restaurants. In fact, some of the best New York pizzas can be found on Staten Island.
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