Friday, March 6, 2009

Learning more about Great Kills

A recent article in the NY Times, tells us about the Great Kills neighborhood. The article says that while people typically leave southern Brooklyn and move to Staten Island then to New Jersey, when Great Kills is the place they move to many never leave because the family-friendly atmosphere is the kind of place where people end up settling down.

About 26,000 middle and upper-middle class people live in the roughly two square miles that makes up Great Kills where there are restaurants and stores along Amboy Road, and Great Kills Harbor, "a boat-studded cove sheltered on one side by a federally protected park."

"Yacht clubs, marinas and large new homes fill the area nearest to the water. Along Tennyson Drive and the aptly named Mansion Avenue in particular, grandiose new homes, many of them brick colonials, overlook the water. But there is still a sprinkling of single-story bungalows, some built before World War II.

The housing quickly becomes more uniform and modest traveling north, past Amboy Road and the Staten Island Railroad tracks. The streets there are lined with single- and two-family colonials and high ranches, most of them built in the 1970s and 1980s, when Staten Island’s population increased significantly."

The article also mentions that Great Kills has plenty to offer in terms of recreation from the 580-acre Great Kills Park, which fly includes a dedicated model airplane field, to Seaside Wildlife Nature Park, and Crescent Beach. Great Kills is also home to that perennial favorite seaside restaurant, the Marina cafe.

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