Mariners Harbor, known best around Staten Island for the shootings and murders that occur in the area, however living here for 23 years I know it a little differently than others. Within the last 8 years Mariners Harbor has really developed and is still making changes. The first big changes to the community was the grand opening of Kohls in 2007 and the Regal Cinema . For years before that whole shopping area was desolated and abandoned. Soon after kohls they opened a Lowes right across the parking lot. Soon after the rise of shopping plazas swarmed Mariners Harbor. These plazas are great because they provide convenience to the community and hopefully they are supplying jobs to the community as well. We have stores that range from Entenmann’s and comic book jones to white castle and family dollar. The most recent (I believe wasted space) building to be built is Harbor Freight. this took up the spot of Western Beef (now up the block). I think they should have put a resturant in that area. Like a Red Lobster, Olive garden etc something everyday people actualy benefit from not a specialty store. They also recently updated our Library in the summer of 2013. We now have a beautiful state of the art library. The library host events especially for the youth of the community. the other day I received a notice from The dept of parks to inform us that the “Big Park” in the community will be getting a full renovation! This park has been the same for the 23 years I have lived here and who knows how long before that! They are holding meetings to get feedback from the community on what we would like to see. About a week or two ago they recently cut down a bunch of trees on south ave by the movie theater and they now have a land for lease sign. it actually felt kind of sad to see those trees go because they have been part of my landscape for so long but i’m interested to see how they choose to develop the area. Hopefully its something to benefit those in the community.