Except for some of the parts by the water and close to Manhattan, Staten Island is a world unto itself. It costs a lot to get on or of the island, and people tend to be born and die there. It does not have a lot of class and has practically no culture.
It's a rat invested ghetto. People shooting craps, eating McDonald's. I call it McDonaldsville. It's one big filthy ghetto. Lots of crime. I hate northern Staten Island especially. The more suburban parts are nicer, to the south, but once you go more north it's McDonald's and crap and crack on every corner.