All about the Staten Island Neighborhood Arrochar:


Staten Island is broken down into 14 different zip codes from 10301 to 10314 and into 67 different neighborhoods. Throughout this series of blogs, we will be discussing each and every neighborhood on Staten Island as well as breaking down the history, what stands there today and transportation and what community district it falls into. Staten Island is broken up into three different community districts which are: North Shore, Mid-Island, and South Shore.

Today we will be breaking down all the history about the Staten Island neighborhood, Arrochar. This neighborhood is home to the Mid-Island and to the zip code 10305. It is situated immediately north of South Beach and Fort Wadsworth, on the east side of Hylan Boulevard south of the Staten Island Expressway, and is bordered on the west by the neighborhood of Grasmere. Today, the area is mainly made up of one- and two-family houses as well as modest businesses.

A Lenape encampment was located there before Europeans began as a te in Staten Island in the late 17th century. The estate of William Wallace MacFarland in the 1840s was given the name "Arrochar" in honor of his birthplace of Arrochar, Scotland, which served as the headquarters of the ancient leaders of the Clan MacFarlane. The area developed into an elegant entryway to the vacation towns of South Beach and Midland Beach at the turn of the 20th century. The residence from the MacFarland estate is now a component of the campus of the Catholic girls' school St. Joseph Hill School. The now-defunct all-girls Catholic secondary school St. John Villa Academy is located across Landis Avenue from St. Joseph Hill Academy.


On the Staten Island Railway's South Beach Branch, Arrochar once had its own railway stop. Major Avenue was where the stop was situated. Due to rivalry from city-operated buses, the SIRT ended passenger service on the South Beach Branch to Wentworth Avenue at midnight on March 31, 1953, and this stop was abandoned. Homes now exist on the South Beach line's old right-of-way, where the tracks once were. Arrochar is serviced by the SIM1, SIM5, SIM5X, SIM6, SIM6X, SIM7, and SIM10 express buses to and from Manhattan; the S53, S79 SBS, and S93 buses to and from Brooklyn; and the S51, S52, S78, and S81 intra-borough buses. This is because of its closeness to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Arrochar is served by P.S.39 and St. Joseph Hill Academy High School.

As you may see, Staten Island exudes so much history that is still honored throughout our neighborhoods. Arrochar is home to many people from Staten Island. The neighborhood is covered in every corner with many food spots, transportation, parks and schools. This neighborhood is worth learning more about and living in. Tom Crimmins Realty, LTD currently has one listing in Arrochar. 68 Arthur Avenue is a residential single family detached home.


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