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I agree, but that’s what makes (made?) Staten Island so great. You had all the convenience of living in the city but you could be in the “countryside” in less than ½hour from anywhere on SI. And we’re talking about “real” neighborhoods here: not suburban bedroom communities like you see in Long Island and most “anywhere”, USA. When people asked you where you were from, you said West New Brighton, New Dorp, Tottenville, etc. How many people in Florida, California, etc. really identify with the “Rio Rancho” estates or the “Buena Vista” development that they live in?
They don’t have a neighborhood bar, bakery or barbershop they can call their own. But, do these things still exist on SI? Or does everybody go to the Mall?

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