All about the Staten Island Neighborhood Midland Beach:
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, Midland Beach. Midland Beach is home to the Mid-Island and zip codes 10305 and 10306. Formerly known as Woodland Beach is a Staten Island neighborhood in New York City. It is located on the island's east shore, in a region called the "East Shore" or "Mid-Island, Staten Island" by locals. Grant City is immediately to its immediate northwest, New Dorp Beach is to its immediate southeast, Graham Beach and South Beach are to its immediate northeast. The southwest boundary is formed by Miller Field and Prescott Avenue to the northwest is Poultney Street/Laconia Avenue; to the southeast is Lower New York Bay; and to the northeast is Seaview Avenue. The two principal thoroughfares of Midland Beach are Father Capodanno Boulevard and Midland Avenue.
When the Staten Island Railway's South Beach Branch reached adjacent Wentworth Avenue, where there were connections to trolleys serving the region, Midland Beach started to develop into a resort by the 1890s. Visitors could board the steamboat William Story to the Battery at the edge of Lower Manhattan from its 1,700-foot dock, which jutted into the Atlantic Ocean. The Midland Beach Railway Company ran a model train to transport fishermen and other guests to the pier's end since it was so long. Due to the pier's proximity to the border between Midland Beach and the town to the south, Woodland Beach, there was a dispute between its operators around 1900.
It took several years for the matter to be settled after a barrier around the beach was continually built and taken down. Despite this, Coney Island's fireworks could be viewed from Midland Beach at night, making Midland Beach a well-liked vacation spot. Midland Beach is easily viewable from Coney Island across the Lower New York Bay. Similar to South Beach, it included a live theater, a beach, picnic spots, food stands, a "Aquarama" panorama, and a wide variety of hotels and bungalows. The attractions have a lot in common: they featured theater, carousel, circular swing, dancing pavilion, Thompson scenic railway, and Japanese bowling. A boardwalk could be found on the shore. There were three different wooden coasters built along Midland Beach. Normally there was no admittance price, but in June 1918 a carnival started charging a 10-cent admission fee, with the money collected going to the American Red Cross. In 1924, a saltwater pool was installed.
Due to its proximity to the shore and absence of storm drains, rainstorms on the island in the 1970s caused wind or flood damage at Midland Beach. The majority of the neighborhood's modern housing stock no longer experienced floods thanks to the installation of a huge new storm drainage system by the City of New York down Greeley Avenue in 1979. The bungalows constructed as vacation residences are now owned or rented permanently by residents. The parish of St. Margaret Mary, which serves Midland Beach, is classified as a middle-class parish on Staten Island based on data provided by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York based on per-capita income.
Midland Beach is served by the Along Hylan Boulevard, S78 and S79 SBSlocal buses, SIM1, SIM7, and SIM10 express buses all have stops. Along Father Capodanno Boulevard, you'll find the S51, S52, and S81 local and limited buses, as well as the SIM5 and SIM6 express buses. The neighborhood is also served by P.S. 38 and P.S. 52 as well as the Catholic School St. Margaret Mary Parish School which closed in 2011.
As you may see, Staten Island exudes so much history that is still honored throughout our neighborhoods. Midland Beach 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.
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