Treasure Island is man-made, but Yerba Buena Island is natural. Treasure Island is flat, but Yerba Buena is steep. Yerba Buena will have no retail, but Treasure Island will have 140,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. Yerba Buena will have no hotels, but Treasure Island has five hotels. Yerba Buena will be a national park, but Treasure Island is not.
The name "Yerba Buena" comes from the Spanish word for "good herb," because the area was once inhabited by Native Americans who used the plants for medicine. Today, it's known as one of the most beautiful spots in San Francisco. The island was given to Secretary of the Navy Joseph Henry Pendleton by President James K. Polk in 1846. He wanted him to develop it, but Pendleton never returned to America so the government sold the land off in lots that were mainly used for non-urban settlements.
You can visit Yerba Buena Island through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The best time to go is during spring or fall when the weather is nice and you won't need a sweater. You can also visit this place at night with its many lights if you take a boat trip around the bay. There are several companies that offer these nighttime tours and they're very popular among visitors to San Francisco.
Around 1,800 San Francisco residents live on Treasure and Yerba Buena Islands. All housing on the islands is rented, and there are no prospects for house ownership at this moment. The cost of living is high in San Francisco's expensive real estate market, so most people who can afford a rent check can also afford a house deposit. However, it is possible to find cheaper housing farther away from the city center.
Yerba Buena Island is primarily residential with some light industry and commercial establishments. There are no hospitals on the island, but several clinics are within walking distance of all homes. Public transportation is limited, so driving is the easiest way to get around the island. There are many free events each week at local parks that are perfect for going out of your way to see if someone lives on the street where you parked your car.
The population of Yerba Buena Island is made up of around 70% renters and 30% owners. It is difficult to find property for sale on the island as most houses are still under construction or being renovated.
In addition to renting rooms in people's homes, there are also guesthouses on Yerba Buena Island. These are small hotels with between 6 and 20 rooms available for rent. Most offer shared bathrooms, but some allow private bathrooms.
Coney Island's perimeter comprises man-made buildings meant to maintain the island's existing form. The beaches are no longer a natural feature; the sand that is intended to replenish Coney Island is blocked off by the jetty at Breezy Point, Queens. However, there are plans to return part of the beach to its natural state.
Coney Island was formed when a long strip of land was left after the original Long Island was split into two pieces. The city of Brooklyn was built on most of this land, and parts of it remain as public parks.
In 1642, Henry Hudson sailed along what is now the southern coast of New York looking for the entrance to the Great River. He called the water he saw "the Bay." Today, many people know it as "The Sound." But at the time, it was just another in a long line of oceans that Henry Hudson had seen.
The first known reference to Coney Island was in 1644, when the Dutch West India Company announced plans to build a settlement called "New Amsterdam" on the southern end of the island. The company sent four ships with 350 settlers on board, but only one ship and its crew reached their destination. The others were lost at sea or during storms before they could reach their destination.