In the past 100 years, the population of New York City has almost doubled. The population of Staten Island has more than quintupled. Nestled along New Jersey's coastline, connected to the rest of the city by a ferry and the longest bridge in North America, a safe haven for Republicans in a Democratic city, Staten Island has always stood apart from the other boroughs—and at one point its citizens voted to stand apart permanently by seceding from New York.
In an exhibit opening, "From Farm to City: Staten Island 1661-2012," the Museum of the City of New York looks at 350 years of Staten Island history and the people, entities and events that have shaped it. The exhibit runs though January 21.
At left: Tottenville residents on Amboy Road protest new development in their neighborhood, February 19, 2005