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Open thread: What do you love about Staten Island?

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Sound off in the comments!

Max Touhey

Welcome to Friday Open Threads, wherein we'll pass the mic to readers to speak up about topics of interest, distress, horror, etc. Have something you want discussed? Let us know.

Well, readers, we did it: we made it to the end of Staten Island Week. (Though there are still some stories to come today and tomorrow!)

Over the past few days, we’ve looked at the island’s architectural treasures (including a rare Frank Lloyd Wright home); gawked at its pricey real estate (and tried to figure out how it got that way); looked at the myriad new developments that are coming to the borough; and explored some of its hidden corners, including an abandoned railway that advocates want to turn into a park. (Phew.)

We’ve also gotten plenty of feedback from Staten Islanders on the things they love about their borough; a brief smattering includes Makerspace, a community-oriented space for artists and creative types in Stapleton; Flagship Brewery, which opened in Stapleton in 2014; Fort Wadsworth, a former military base-turned-national park near the Verrazano Bridge; and Lee’s Tavern in Dongan Hills for excellent pizza (it’s even Robert Sietsema-approved).

So we want to open the floor to you, readers: what do you love about Staten Island? Is there a restaurant, neighborhood, or park that doesn’t get its due? Or something that makes the island stand out from the rest of the boroughs? We want to hear about it—sound off in the comments below. (Do you have complaints about the borough? Those are okay, too—just keep it civil, folks.)