Ancient mariners, underground railroaders, legendary cricketers—what Livingston, Staten Island, lacks in residents, it more than makes up for in ghosts. This village-sized enclave—on the North Shore of the quietest borough—still retains the shape it had in the mid-nineteenth century, when famed abolitionist and ophthalmologist Samuel MacKenzie Elliot bought up dozens of houses and helped make Livingston a prime stop on the Underground Railroad. At the time, the neighborhood was called Elliotsville, and several other prominent, progressive-minded families followed in its namesake's wake—among them Robert Gould Shaw, who led the first black regiment in the Civil War, and Sydney Howard Gay,... More >>>