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Collection Name Transportation Collection
Title Enjoy A Visit to the New Staten Island Boardwalk
Date 1937
Description Advertising brochure and map promoting Staten Island attractions including a new boardwalk from South Beach to Midland Beach.

The brochure consists of a single sheet of paper folded to form three vertical panels. The title panel has an illustration printed in shades of black, blue, and orange, with a waving woman wearing a bathing suit and hat, standing in front of a stylized depiction of Staten Island's boardwalk and swimming pool, and the words, "ENJOY / A VISIT TO / THE NEW / STATEN / ISLAND / BOARDWALK / SWIM / PLAY / BRIDGES CONVERT TRAVEL TIME TO PLEASURE TIME." Other text panels describe Staten Island and its recreational facilities and points of interest, keyed to points on the map. An inscription indicates the brochure was "Issued by / THE PORT OF NEW YORK AUTHORITY / 111 - 8th AVENUE, NEW YORK, N.Y."

The reverse of the brochure is printed in black, blue, and orange with a map in vertical format showing Staten Island's points of interest as well as major transportation routes. The map illustrations are labeled "COPYRIGHT 1937 / PORT OF NEW YORK AUTHORITY."

(This is a description of a single item within the Transportation Collection. See collection record and/or item records of the same collection for additional information.)
Biography and History The "new" boardwalk promoted by this brochure was was created on property acquired by the City of New York in 1935 and renovated through the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the years of the Great Depression. Workers removed deteriorating attractions from earlier decades and built the structure now known as the FDR Boardwalk. It was dedicated in honor of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1939, two years after this brochure was printed.

The Port of New York Authority, the agency which issued this brochure, had been established in 1921. In 1972 its name was changed to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.
Physical Extent Item measures 10.5 x 6.25 inches when unfolded.
Catalog Number MS233.000.ITEM.0002
Object Name Announcement
Archival Description Level Item
Parent Record MS233.000
Subjects Maps
Boardwalks
Beaches
Earliest Date 1937
Latest Date 1937
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Creator Port of New York Authority
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.