Ruins Of Staten Island
Owner US Federal Government Established 1788
Purpose Ruin
Status Illegally Inhabited

Staten Island was nearly a ruin before the start of the Second American Civil War. Fallout from the 2006 nuclear explosion in Midtown drove residents out by the tens of thousands, leaving the island first uninhabitable and then abandoned. The destruction of the Verazanno Narrows bridge in 2009 cut off Staten Island from the New York mainland, leaving the only land route on and off the island a solitary bridge to Jersey City. Today, Staten Island has been entirely reclaimed by nature. Little of the attempted reconstruction remains and the ruins of the resettlement zone is a haunted ghost town of ruined buildings and scrub growth. A demolished light house sits on the southwestern end of the island, all that remains of what was once a Ferrymen Safehouse destroyed by artillery fire during the war. Scattered shanty settlements exist across Staten Island, and its largely inaccessible nature — save for by boat — makes it a haven for criminal activity. Without sufficient resources for Law Enforcement, there has been little concentrated effort to clean up the island or its sparse inhabitants.

Ruins Of Staten Island


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