The Race to Win Staten Island

  • Publicado em 12 Set 2019
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Comentários • 8 326

  • CGP Grey
    CGP Grey  Mês atrás +8624

    Thank you to all my patrons for making a video like this possible.

    • Irrelevant As Fuck
      Irrelevant As Fuck 2 dias atrás

      Grey I don’t know why they wanted Staten Island it’s the biggest shithole ever I hate it here

    • Wesley Chow
      Wesley Chow 13 dias atrás

      CGP Grey How much time have you spent on this thing 😂😂😂 Good work~!

    • Mik Sim
      Mik Sim 13 dias atrás

      10 points for the Peak Design bag!

    • HorseSkull
      HorseSkull 15 dias atrás

      CGP Grey I found the bee. Maybe considering more minecraft bee next time

  • Charlene Chen
    Charlene Chen 7 horas atrás

    CGP Grey: So I had to let it go.
    Me: *Looks at time left in the video* No you didn’t.

  • Andy Pandy
    Andy Pandy 9 horas atrás

    I absolutely love how dedicated he is to this one piece of history

  • tanker
    tanker 13 horas atrás

    Lol so happy to see a grave

  • Taylor Secondo
    Taylor Secondo 23 horas atrás

    So... I'm a born and raised staten islander, and I'm just going to apologize for the absolute merry go round we have put you through. I remember that rainstorm though!
    We call that house the Conference House and the grounds around it are actually quite nice. Theres also a Historic Richmond town which is kind of underwhelming but sort of tells a little history of the island as well.

  • anonymityismyname
    anonymityismyname Dia atrás

    My next question is, was it legit? Mathematically could someone sail that much in 24 hours in a boat of that time?
    Also, I don't want to sound mean but.... I'm thinking it's missing for a very good reason. Like, New York is hiding something XD

  • musicsfan1
    musicsfan1 Dia atrás

    This video made me laugh way harder than i thought I would.

  • Anthony Gott
    Anthony Gott Dia atrás

    If only he could put his understanding of history towards curing cancer or something smh.

  • Jude Stefanik
    Jude Stefanik Dia atrás

    he really flew all the way to New York to not find a book he knew wasn't there. im impressed

  • Le Daverix
    Le Daverix 2 dias atrás

    You are officially a "History MythBuster" now … you should do this more often :D

  • Blue Neck Pictures
    Blue Neck Pictures 2 dias atrás

    This is quality storytelling!

  • Tutz
    Tutz 3 dias atrás

    I live in staten island

  • Nicholas Altieri
    Nicholas Altieri 3 dias atrás

    I live in Staten Island. Let me know if you’d like me to go there to ask them some questions.

  • Nate Anderson
    Nate Anderson 3 dias atrás

    Reminder a BR-plusr is running for Congress in Staten Island.

  • Dylan Halloran
    Dylan Halloran 3 dias atrás

    Am I the only one who clicked off before it cut to his flight to NY thinking it was over?

  • Robert G
    Robert G 3 dias atrás

    well we may not know the exact history of what happened but one thing we can say with absolutely certainty is that Wu Tang clan aint nun to fuck with!

  • DimeBag Duffy
    DimeBag Duffy 4 dias atrás

    I miss my Island...

  • Joseph Leonard
    Joseph Leonard 5 dias atrás +4

    his laugh sounds like he's on his way to madness
    all it takes is one bad day...and a little push.

  • Halima Aliyech
    Halima Aliyech 5 dias atrás


  • Kole Musgrove
    Kole Musgrove 5 dias atrás

    That was so oddly fascinating to follow. I love this channel.

  • Shady Dave
    Shady Dave 6 dias atrás

    What a hero. I wish all people were this dangerously curious.

  • mets fan
    mets fan 6 dias atrás +1

    lol, people actually WANTED staten island?!?!????!?!??!?!?!?!

  • Chris
    Chris 6 dias atrás

    I live in Staten Island fuck this place

  • atimes3
    atimes3 6 dias atrás

    Lol why are you using Wikipedia and a newspaper with no bibliography

  • Spearka
    Spearka 6 dias atrás +1

    Historical records about a guy on a boat: Isn't around
    CGP Grey: I don't need sleep, I need answers!

  • DarmKultur
    DarmKultur 7 dias atrás

    7:39 what a cut/fade to Black - and revival I happily laugh long seconds about it. So much history diving for not only an interessting Story, but an historicall fact proved one. Which is rare to see by youtubers (which I use as an insult for every channel sticking their face-in-the-camera-commentors they never explore themselves, only for click and fame). Sorry! I mean never seen by youtubers (Selbstdarsteller) - CGP Grey belongs more to Journalism.

  • Cameron Roberts
    Cameron Roberts 7 dias atrás

    Oral history isn't history? That's an...unconventional take.

  • Lucky Eddy
    Lucky Eddy 7 dias atrás

    Your best video.

  • louis webtser
    louis webtser 7 dias atrás

    2:16 Another Reservation hint. It’s too hard to understand and I see why he doesn’t want too

  • Tilen Medved
    Tilen Medved 8 dias atrás

    Can someone explain the ending?

  • BrickBuilding Compilations43635

    Thank you, Grey, for doing so much for this video.

  • Badoat Lyf
    Badoat Lyf 9 dias atrás

    You obsessed son of a bitch. Keep it up.

  • Lily Killion
    Lily Killion 9 dias atrás

    During this I forgot what we where trying to find out

  • Umbra
    Umbra 9 dias atrás +2

    11 minutes and 6 seconds of Grey slowly going insane.

  • Stefano Chiodi
    Stefano Chiodi 9 dias atrás

    (confusion) what im getting isNew Jersey, stinky state and New York, 9/11 state dont like eachothet

  • Huzaifa Bukhari
    Huzaifa Bukhari 10 dias atrás +1

    Interested in learning new and awesome stuff? Check out his channel:
    It's content includes history, mythology, economics and folk tales. And he plans on uploading every week. Its pretty awesome tbh

  • Terra Crincoli
    Terra Crincoli 10 dias atrás

    That is incredible. About a month ago I was across that tip of Staten Island scanning that very same beach you sit on at the end wondering about what lied within that thick forest on the edge of New York City. (I can even see where I was!)
    Nice to know that only ghosts, graves, and rainbows were there.
    Wait, I can actually check the dates off of Greys phone (dates for when the manor was closed) and check them for when that party was going on. It was even an equally stormy day that day!

  • Emerson E
    Emerson E 11 dias atrás


  • Micah
    Micah 11 dias atrás

    Absolute mad lad

  • Mode7
    Mode7 11 dias atrás

    why didn't you just get a hotel and wait for the museum to open or something

    • BurntRaze
      BurntRaze 11 dias atrás +1

      By this time, I'm pretty sure he had already gone insane from the amount of stupid research he had done to the point he didn't care about answers. He would have dedicated too much to something so miniscule, plus he had his own life.

  • Richard Johnson
    Richard Johnson 11 dias atrás

    Amazing! I would love to see more like this but I’m afraid what it might do to you. :)

  • Hur1caneaaron
    Hur1caneaaron 12 dias atrás +5

    Where’s my people who lives in Staten Island 🙌

    • Ninjaken
      Ninjaken 8 dias atrás

      Dont live but heres thumbs is a up anyway ☺

  • Iron_Armored
    Iron_Armored 12 dias atrás

    Is Newyork covering it up?

  • MaxPower
    MaxPower 12 dias atrás

    Guess that's the end of the rainbow, huh.

  • At0m1c3l
    At0m1c3l 12 dias atrás +1

    Uncovers story about New York vs. New Jersey...

  • Bryce Forsythe
    Bryce Forsythe 12 dias atrás

    Oh you poor soul...

  • Holygiant
    Holygiant 13 dias atrás

    CGP pulled a Nick Robinson here and booked a trip out of pure curiosity.

  • The Gaming Animator
    The Gaming Animator 13 dias atrás

    Hey man...we need something , give us a break

  • C Walsh
    C Walsh 13 dias atrás

    It’s like mythology

  • Sean Li
    Sean Li 13 dias atrás


  • A Wesker
    A Wesker 13 dias atrás

    Are you the real life Nathan Drake?

  • Дичинко Пётр
    Дичинко Пётр 13 dias atrás

    Ты крут. Столько всего сделал. 👍

  • Johnny Perez
    Johnny Perez 13 dias atrás

    I had to subscribe!This guy who isnt even from jersey or ny is so interested in the history that he ignored the storm warning and got soaked trying to find more ....thanks for the efforts

  • Darrell Walks Over Ice
    Darrell Walks Over Ice 14 dias atrás

    You put so much work in this ... nice job 🙂👍

  • anamike
    anamike 14 dias atrás

    Staten Island the last and only county for president Trump,...

  • justjake156
    justjake156 14 dias atrás

    Ye olde meme

  • buckwang
    buckwang 14 dias atrás

    being a historian must be such a fucking headache lmao love the work though this is great

  • H
    H 14 dias atrás

    how are you animations so expressive? wth?

  • User Anonymous staten island
    User Anonymous staten island 14 dias atrás +1

    I wish staten island was still the forgotten borough

  • ivan lau
    ivan lau 14 dias atrás

    Grey looking back at this video:Well,that escalated quickly.

  • Ash
    Ash 14 dias atrás

    I am just waiting for Part 2 where CGP Grey goes and gets a time machine to go back and witness the race first hand... or that lack of a race... then just so the trip wasn't wasted he travels forwards July 9th 1868 so that he can kill Disosway personally.

    • Ash
      Ash 14 dias atrás

      Somehow I get the impression that he will also end up doing some testing to find out if you could sail round the island(s) in a ship of the day in the supposed time.

  • SimbaJoey12
    SimbaJoey12 15 dias atrás

    A subtle little joke mixed with alliteration around 1:17 : "hometown historians happily Honor hometown heroes." I liked that slight emphasis on the usually silent h in "honor."

  • William Achia
    William Achia 15 dias atrás

    i have 2 subs my son has 5 subs

  • Miller Krohn
    Miller Krohn 15 dias atrás

    ok so you gave up, then flew all the way to new york, then gave up, then went to staten island, then gave up, then went to a graveyard in a thunderstorm, and then... still no answers? N O T P E T T Y E N O U G H . wait for the museum to reopen and THEN ask them >:D

  • Deadpan Sanchez
    Deadpan Sanchez 15 dias atrás

    As a Staten islander. Dude holy shit >~> thanks for the dedication

  • Gabe FromMaui
    Gabe FromMaui 15 dias atrás

    That was epic

  • dana samreth
    dana samreth 16 dias atrás

    What does CGP grey mean?

  • Jortand
    Jortand 16 dias atrás +1

    If you go to the Wikipedia page (search "Christopher Billopp (Royal Navy officer)" to not land on the other Billop) and go to "view history" you can see the all out edit war that CGP Grey started the 30th of August 2019 where he deleted the section about New York as seen in 5:56 with the only comment "Lady Godiva Story" this is the only edit that Grey did on the Wikipedia page.

  • tsumugi shirogane
    tsumugi shirogane 16 dias atrás

    thank god staten island isnt jersey, ny sure treats them right.....hows the subway going btw

  • purelight
    purelight 16 dias atrás

    You just made my day a lot better. Thank you

  • Fanny Ng
    Fanny Ng 16 dias atrás

    I saw a lady wearing a Staten Island shirt and I had to google to find out where is it. Later at night I saw a clip about Staten Island and decided to find out more. I'm so glad I watched this video! The dedication to find out the truth is remarkable

  • American Mapping!
    American Mapping! 16 dias atrás

    Yes He Did Actually Delete That Part Of Wikipedia

  • kamehamehaX300
    kamehamehaX300 16 dias atrás

    Same thing happens when you try to read up on the pyramids dude

  • Nick Diforte
    Nick Diforte 16 dias atrás

    i live on staten island, you couldve just asked me if this place was worth a video. i could have saved you a headache. your research was just as frustrating as living here...

  • Javier Arvelo-Cruz-Santana

    Great job! Simply gorgeous--what you created with this video.

  • Frank Caputo
    Frank Caputo 17 dias atrás

    Wow we would probably would have been even more forgotten if we were apart of Jersey

  • Robert Castiglione
    Robert Castiglione 17 dias atrás

    It’s not everyday a video about the island you live on shows up on your recommended. What a strange day it is

  • Usman Mukhtar
    Usman Mukhtar 18 dias atrás

    Watching him jump on that plane was like the end credit scene of a marvel movie

  • T-West
    T-West 18 dias atrás

    So if there never was a race... does that mean Staten Island should just belong to New Jersey? :P

    ACE OF DEMISE 18 dias atrás +1

    Just from this video I’m subscribing his determination is on a god level

  • jajlertil
    jajlertil 18 dias atrás +2

    This is my favourite Grey video of all time, hillarious insanity

  • Asian Thomas
    Asian Thomas 18 dias atrás

    " _On a rainy day,_
    _Under a dark gloomy cloud,_
    _There is a rainbow._ "

  • Austin
    Austin 19 dias atrás

    I don’t even get the premise of the legend. Why would lashing barrels to the ship catch the wind better than simply adding another sail, a device that was literally designed to catch wind?

  • Matthew Vouloukos
    Matthew Vouloukos 19 dias atrás

    10:08 WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!?!?!

  • koko night roma
    koko night roma 19 dias atrás

    Man I love 1440p60

  • Shru Parf
    Shru Parf 19 dias atrás

    thanks for your research

  • Zach Walz
    Zach Walz 20 dias atrás

    Why did I watch this video 12 times this week?

  • SoullessCast
    SoullessCast 20 dias atrás

    Grey's complete dismissal of any sort of oral history is disappointing, No, nobody should take oral history at face value, but, as historian Pierre Briand said... "You much believe in ancient history, even if it is not true."
    If you discount all of oral history simply because it is oral, you lose thousands and thousands of years of history, even if that history may not be entirely accurate.

  • samside up
    samside up 20 dias atrás

    Mad respect for you, you mad lad

  • Dark Rainbow
    Dark Rainbow 20 dias atrás

    Border drawers are incompetent and reliant only on fuzzy semantics.
    We secretly live in anarchy. Sheeple just THINK it’s rule of law, and history teachers are goddamn lying jingoists.

  • Pistashio Man
    Pistashio Man 21 dia atrás

    I think what happened that beacause the dispute against Staten island billop got kicked out of his island and manor, then AS a prize New York gave billop back the island and the manor

  • Diamond Kings
    Diamond Kings 21 dia atrás

    I live there, it’s very very strange

  • Adventure Time
    Adventure Time 21 dia atrás

    Petition for a video about procrastinating

  • We Are The 99
    We Are The 99 21 dia atrás

    One word sums it up. RESPECT.

  • Beggar42
    Beggar42 21 dia atrás

    And then CGP Grey caught pneumonia and died in service of endless tangents and elusive footnotes

  • GreenDotComics
    GreenDotComics 21 dia atrás

    wait, so there's not a part two?

  • Don Kebles
    Don Kebles 21 dia atrás

    I was like I'll watch it.... very happy I did one of my favorite videos. Thanks

  • Elias A
    Elias A 22 dias atrás +1


  • RRaquello
    RRaquello 22 dias atrás +9

    Having grown up on Staten Island, I remember them telling us this story back in elementary school days, about the boat race, but they told it a different way-that New York and New Jersey both had boats and they raced each other, like the America's Cup, to see which would get the Island. But I was in elementary school over 40 years ago and hadn't heard the story since, from anyone, so I figured all along it was a fake. If there was a race, I'm glad NY won, because even though I don't love NY, it's way better than being part of New Jersey!
    You did miss a bet. First, you could have asked someone from here and they could have told you you'd never get into the Billopp house, because I've been there a hundred times and it's never been open. I think it's just sitting there and nobody ever gets in. Second, you should have gone up to the Richmondtown Restoration. You can get Arthur Kill Road ride near the Billopp House and drive straight up, about halfway north up the Island, to the Restoration. That's where the SI Historical Society is located, and there's usually an actual living human being around to answer your questions, even if it's with an "I don't know". They might even have those newspapers you were looking for (they have some kind of archive). Maybe even the very volumes. That's why they're missing from the Public Library-the SIHS made off with them.
    Incidentally, where the Billop House is located is the southernmost point of New York State.