Photo: Lisa Dahl

Staten Island is an urban town that defies the label of suburbia and all that that implies. Neighborhoods resemble small towns but with an abundance of intermixed zoning.

NYC MTA buses stop every few blocks 24-7. There are high walkability scores and a plethora of parks and green spaces.

The borough is roughly 3-times the geographic size of Manhattan and has a population of half a million – larger than many American metro areas.