All about the Staten Island Neighborhood Richmondtown:
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, Richmondtown. This neighborhood is home to the Mid-Island & the zipcodes 10306. It is bordered on the northwest by Arthur Kill Road, the north by Richmond Road, the east and southeast by Amboy Road, and the southwest by the United Hebrew and Ocean View cemeteries.
Richmondtown was once known as Coccles Town because of the large number of oyster and clam shells that could be discovered in the waters of the adjacent Fresh Kills; however, when the community that is now designated as Historic Richmond Town was created in 1728, Richmondtown received its current name. When ferries to Manhattan and Brooklyn started to flourish at the latter location at the end of the 19th century, the hamlet took over as Richmond County's county seat and held it until St. George emerged.
Richmondtown, which is situated at the foot of Lighthouse Hill and borders New Dorp and Oakwood to the east, has seen a lot of new home construction since the mid-1960s and is one of the most sought-after areas for families looking to move to Staten Island from the other boroughs of New York City, particularly Brooklyn. Richmond Engine Company 1, one of the ten surviving volunteer fire departments in New York City, is based in the town and uses an American LaFrance engine from 2005 that was acquired with funding from a federal grant for home protection. The Voorlezer's House and the Church of St. Andrew are included on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1968, St. Patrick's Church received the designation of New York City Landmark.
The Richmondtown branch of the New York Public Library (NYPL) is located at 200 Clarke Avenue and Amber Street. It has two floors: a first floor for adults and a second story for kids. It initially opened in 1996. A TechConnect lab that offers more than 100 technology programs, both online and in-person, at libraries around the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island has recently been added to the Richmondtown Library. These classes are offered free of charge.
The neighborhood is served by S54, S74 and S84. The express bus SIM15 also serves the neighborhood. One elementary school, PS 23 The Richmondtown School is designated for Richmondtown. Additionally there are two middle schools that serve the area, IS 2 and IS 24.
As you may see, Staten Island exudes so much history that is still honored throughout our neighborhoods. Richmondtown 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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