Explore Staten Island’s transformation from farm, to suburb, to urban center, and beyond.

From Farm to City: Staten Island, 1661–2012 highlights changing land use patterns on the island that has been a vital part of New York life for more than 350 years. The exhibition illuminates Staten Island's evolution, from a rural area comprised of farms, estates, and fishing ports, to a borough, suburban in character, made up of detached homes, small businesses, and local industries, to an increasingly dense and diverse place that boasts striking vistas, scenic parks, and a lively downtown.

The exhibition is a co-presentation of the Museum of the City of New York, Staten Island Historical Society at Historic Richmond Town, and the Staten Island Museum.

Additional Resources

A companion Web site, Mapping Staten Island, provides visitors with an interactive porthole through which to explore historic maps and unrealized plans for the Island, upload their own photographs, and explore Staten Island through the centuries.


From Farm to City is sponsored by Richmond County Savings Foundation.

From Farm to City