Reality TV Shows Change Image of Once-Forgotten NYC Borough

Staten Island was once the forgotten New York borough (where many a mobster lived and lives). How forgotten was it? Well, it was forgotten to the extent that the legislature once, we believe in the 1950s or 1960s, forgot to include it in the state budget.

It may not be forgotten anymore, thanks to a couple of mega-popular reality TV shows -- "but some say its new reputation is even worse," reports SILive.com.

"The borough's national celebrities -- the catty women married to career criminals on 'Mob Wives' and the hard-partying beach bums of 'Jersey Shore' -- have sculpted an image of vacuous bubbleheads that Islanders say they confront regularly in social and workplace environments."

READ ALL ABOUT IT: With help from reality TV shows, the borough's deteriorating image takes a personal toll | SILive.com

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