Sandy Ground is Celebrated During Black History Month, Plus More Stories On Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — On this episode of the OnSI Podcast… Staten Island’s newest ferry boat is named in recognition of one of the nation’s first free black settlements, the longstanding Sandy Ground community on the South Shore.

Also this month, we are proud to bring you our first extended interview with our Local Hero of the Month. In this installment, we introduce you to an officer who has followed his dreams to become an American citizen, and part of the NYPD’s ongoing mission to build bridges to the communities it serves.

Plus, how a Charleston restaurant owner who stood by his employees from the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, has persevered by making empathy an important ingredient to his business operations.

Photo by OnSI’s Alex Roldán

OnSI is made possible with funding from Tom and Suzanne Crimmins, owners of Tom Crimmins Realty, the Staten Island-based real estate firm that has made a name for itself for more than a decade as a local, independent, family-run business that knows the neighborhoods it serves.

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