Staten Island is a borough of New York City situated primarily on an island of the same name. Separated from New Jersey by the Staten Island sound, and from the rest of New York by New York Bay, it has an estimated population of 500,000.
Staten Island is overall the most suburban of the five boroughs of New York City. The North Shore, which contains the St. George Historic District, is the most urban part of the island, while the South Shore has more suburban-style residential neighborhoods and is home to the F.D.R. Boardwalk. The borough is accessible to Brooklyn via the Verrazano-Narrows, and to Manhattan via the free Staten Island Ferry, a popular tourist attraction that provides views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and lower Manhattan.