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Port Richmond

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Boundaries:

The neighborhood is bordered by Kill Van Kull on the north, Jewett Avenue on the east, Forest Avenue on the south and Martin Luther King Expressway on the west. Port Richmond is in Staten Island Community District 1.

History:

Originally home to the Algonquin Indians, Staten Island was named Staaten Eylandt in 1609 by Henry Hudson while he was visiting on a voyage for the Dutch East India Company. The first permanent settlement by Dutch and French colonists occurred in 1661, and the new residents renamed the island Richmond, after King Charles II's illegitimate son.

For many years, the local population consisted almost exclusively of farmers, fishermen and shipbuilders. This began to change in the early 19th century, with the introduction of a passenger and produce ferry across New York Harbor. The ferry was the first successful business venture of then-16-year-old Cornelius Vanderbilt, a native-born islander.

Today:

For many non-residents, Staten Island is only the end of a spectacular ferryboat ride. But for those who take the time to explore, there are Dutch farmhouses, Greek temples and Victorian mansions scattered among the soaring hills that afford breathtaking harbor views. Community District 1 represents Staten Island's diverse North Shore, and contains some of the oldest, some of the newest, some of the richest and some of the poorest neighborhoods.

Port Richmond, first incorporated as a model village in the late 1800s, is a thriving community of approximately 14,000 residents. At the center of the village is Port Richmond Square, lined with numerous landmark buildings, including a library built in 1902 by Andrew Carnegie. Most local businesses are located on Port Richmond Avenue and the streets immediately around the Square.

Clove Lakes Park is a major attraction for local residents. Its vast 191-acre expanse holds four lakes and connecting streams that provide opportunities for row boating and freshwater fishing. The Park also offers picnic grounds, playgrounds, a baseball field, nature trails, bridle paths and a restaurant. In season, there is an outdoor ice skating rink.

Transportation:
Local bus service is available between villages and to the ferry terminal. In addition to the ferry to lower Manhattan, express bus lines go to lower Manhattan and to midtown. Three bridges connect Staten Island to points in New Jersey, and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge joins the Island to Brooklyn. The bridge's completion in 1964 spurred a population and development boom on the Island.
Schools:
Newsweek Magazine ranked Staten Island schools, including Port Richmond High School, as among the top 500 in the nation. There are 15 public elementary schools, four junior high schools and four high schools in Community District 1. In addition there are 19 private or parochial elementary schools, one junior high school, and four high schools. District 1 also offers a branch of St. John's University and of Wagner College.
Housing Stock:

Heberton Avenue is the prime residential thoroughfare of the community, featuring many fine large Victorian homes that reflect the early affluence of the neighborhood. Along Richmond Terrace is "Captains' Row," a stretch of two-story homes with columned porches overlooking the Kill Van Kull that belonged to the wealthy oyster boat captains of the 1840s and 1850s.

Approximately 60 percent of Port Richmond's current residents are homeowners. The typical housing stock consists of two- and three-bedroom single-family homes. The houses and building lots are larger as they move away from the commercial downtown area.

Where do I find my new home?

Check out The Staten Island Advance newspaper and Homes and Land magazine, both of which are distributed in supermarkets and brokers' offices. Another potential source of information are the privately-run real estate websites, such as Real Estate Español, Realty Times, Realtor.com or HomeStore.

Special Note:
Port Richmond boasts the renovated Faber Park and Pool. At 140 feet by 75 feet, the pool is the largest on Staten Island. The facility is used both as a recreation center and as a community meeting site.

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