Staten Island has several nicknames, such as the “forgotten borough” and “Staten Italy.” The nickname “Static Island” was used in a radio magazine in 1941.
“Static Island” (meaning “lack of movement, animation, or progression") has been cited in print since at least 1996.
Wikipedia: Staten Island
Staten Island (pronounced /ˌstætənˈaɪlənd/) is a borough of New York City, New York, United States, located in the southwest part of the city. Staten Island is separated from New Jersey by the Arthur Kill and the Kill Van Kull, and from the rest of New York by New York Bay. With a population of 491,730, Staten Island is the least populated of the five boroughs but is the third largest in area at 59 sq mi (153 km2).
The Borough of Staten Island is coextensive with Richmond County, the southernmost county in the state of New York. Until 1975, the borough was officially named the Borough of Richmond. Staten Island has been sometimes called “the forgotten borough” by inhabitants who feel neglected by the city government.
Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
stat·ic adj \ˈsta-tik\
Definition of STATIC
1: exerting force by reason of weight alone without motion
2: of or relating to bodies at rest or forces in equilibrium
3: showing little change “a static population”
4a : characterized by a lack of movement, animation, or progression b : producing an effect of repose or quiescence “a static design”
5a : standing or fixed in one place : stationary b of water : stored in a tank but not under pressure
6: of, relating to, or producing stationary charges of electricity : electrostatic
7: of, relating to, or caused by radio static
Well, anyhow, W2MQO lives on Staten Island, which he dubs “Static” Island.
22 May 1996, Boston (MA) Globe, “Trashing a New York borough” by Fred Kaplan, pg. 1:
Staten Islanders have long resented the nicknames that even their own residents have made up over the years: “Static Island,” “the forgotten borough,” “the lost stepsister.”
Oct 21st, 2003 05:10 AM
Mat I may be noo to noo york but I do not live in Static Island, Long Island, Short Island or a jhuggi in Manhattan like you do....
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
I grew up on Staten Island. We call it Static Island. Not much to do beside drink, smoke, mess around. Do drugs. Never did drugs much. But, I started this when I was thirteen. Almost ten years.
2007-11-27 07:59:56 AM
Best thing I ever did was leave Static Island.
01-25-2010, 04:08 AM
Staten I = Stagnacios or Static Island
Staten Island is losing the tourism game
Published: Monday, June 07, 2010, 12:30 AM
June 07, 2010 at 8:56AM
If the powers at be really want to promote “Island Tourism” they should do it the right way and with the reality of Static Island.