Staten Island (Richmond County) lies eight miles south of Manhattan, across New York Bay. Although the 58-square-mile area is connected to New Jersey by three bridges, Staten Island was disconnected from the rest of New York until the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was completed in 1964. Just a short ferry ride to Wall Street, Staten Island had been a bedroom community for commuters. Since the completion of the bridge, the population has risen to more than 440,000 residents, a substantial increase from 80,000 in the early 1960's.
Con Edison serves more than 172,000 residential and commercial electric customers on Staten Island.
During the last 30 years, industry also found Staten Island attractive. The availability of open space and proximity to the city has made the island home to a large container facility at Howland Hook; home of the Teleport, a large satellite communication complex; and one of the world's largest paper-reclamation facilities.
Staten Island's central location allows for an easy commute to New York City or New Jersey, offering families homes on individual lots rather than apartments or attached homes. The abundance of parks including a large section of Gateway National Park, the Greenbelt, three golf courses, and several marinas maintain a pastoral atmosphere for residents.
Among Staten Island’s well-known attractions are Todt Hill, the highest point (410 feet) along the Atlantic coast south of Maine; Sailor Snug Harbor, the Garibaldi Memorial; and the extensive assortment of historical buildings at the Richmondtown Restoration. At the southern tip of the Island is the Billopp, or Conference House (built before 1688) in which Lord Admiral Howe, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams held an unsuccessful Revolutionary War peace conference in 1776.