Holden’s Staten Island presents the story of New York City’s fifth and sometimes forgotten borough: from the days of Leni Lenape Native Americans to the building of the Verrazano Bridge. This is a work of high scholarship and at the same time a great read for anyone with an interest in the whole story of all of New York City. Staten Island’s official Borough Historian, Richard Dickenson, has edited and compiled a volume that brings vividly to life the history of the Borough in all its humanity and rich variety. This book includes the full text of Edna Holden’s classic history of Staten Island, originally published in 1964, and a reprint of Evelyn Morris King’s “Black Man on Staten Island.” It also includes rare photos of historic buildings and historic maps. This volume will be vital for all Staten Islanders who want to know more about how their community came to be what it is today. It is equally essential for urban historians and for all students of the old and new cultural and ethnic groups that have become part of the population of America’s greatest city.