All about the Staten Island neighborhood Westerleigh
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, West New Brighton. This neighborhood is home to the North Shore & the zip code 10301, 10302, 10310 and 10314. Its borders are as follows: Castleton Corners to the east, Willowbrook/Graniteville to the west, Meiers Corners to the south-east, Manor Heights/the Staten Island Expressway to the south, and Port Richmond to the north right away.
On Staten Island, Westerleigh is situated on high ground. Westerleigh is not as tall as Todt Hill, the city's highest point, but on a clear day, it offers views of Newark, New Jersey, and beyond. There are several conifer and deciduous trees in the area, some of which are 75 feet or taller. Ingram Woods is an undeveloped park situated on the southern edge of the neighborhood, close to the Staten Island Expressway. It is a remnant of a bigger forest that has been protected.
When the National Prohibition Campground Association, a temperance organization, purchased 25 acres of land in Westerleigh in 1877 and dubbed the area Prohibition Park, the area gained notoriety. Numerous state-sponsored anti-alcohol legislation or early Prohibition leaders like Neal Dow and Clinton B. Fisk are honored on numerous municipal streets.
Among the first people to live in Westerleigh were poet Edwin Markham and co-founder of Funk & Wagnalls Isaac K. Funk, who was gifted with letters. There previously resided heiress Amy Vanderbilt as well. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, the area attracted a lot of attention from the local community due to the large number of patriotic decorations that were placed on the homes. Troop #2, one of the first Boy Scouts of America units, was established in 1912 and is housed in the Immanuel Union Church on Jewett Avenue. Since Mary Ewing Outerbridge introduced tennis to the US from England, Westerleigh is also the location of the earliest tennis club in the country.
Westerleigh is served by many bus lines including but not limited to the S57 and SIM3 and SIM34 along Watchogue Road. Along Victory Blvd, you can find the S62, S92 and S93 traveling along. Then you can find S66 on Jewett Avenue and farther north into the borders of Westerleigh on Manor Road you can find S48, S98, SIM30 and SIM35. As many buses flow through the area, you can find many schools that students in this neighborhood are zoned too. P.S. 30, I.S.51, Susan E. Wagner High School and Port Richmond High School just to name a few. The NYPL of Todt-Hill and Westerleigh located on Victory Blvd serves this neighborhood as well.
As you may see, Staten Island exudes so much history that is still honored throughout our neighborhoods. Westerleigh 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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