Grasmere, Staten Island

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A postcard of Cameron's Pond

Grasmere is the name of a neighborhood located on the East Shore of Staten Island, one of the five boroughs of New York City.

Grasmere although crossed by major roads has retained its quiet suburban character. The area and adjoining Concord was dotted with lakes and ponds similar to the English Lake District village of Grasmere. The name is often attributed to Sir Roderick Cameron, an American resident of Canadian descent who was knighted by Queen Victoria. The neighborhood has always been one of the most prestigious communities on Staten Island, with the zone around Brady's Pond being particularly affluent.

Transportation

The Staten Island Railway stops in the neighborhood, and the distance between the Grasmere train station and that of Clifton to the north is the longest between any two stations on the line. .

The S78 (to St. George or Tottenville) and S79 (to Brooklyn via the Verrazano Narrows Bridge or to the Staten Island Mall) make stops along Hylan Boulevard. The S53 (to Port Richmond or to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn) runs along Clove Road. The area is also served by the X1, X2, X3 and X9 express buses to Manhattan along Hylan Boulevard.[1]

Points of Interest

Grasmere is also the location of the executive offices of the Staten Island Advance, the island's daily newspaper.

Notable residents

  • In music, second drummer of Twisted Sister, A. J. Pero grew up on West Fingerboard Road.
  • In television, One Day At A Time's Glenn Scarpelli grew up on Normalee Road.
  • The mafioso Aniello Dellacroce resided in Grasmere at the time of his death on December 2, 1985.
  • Former member of the New York State Assembly, Matthew Mirones, is a Grasmere resident and former President of the Grasmere Civic Association.[2]
  • John P. Lightning, legendary former pirate radio personality and longtime host of Radio NewYork International, lives in Grasmere, where his 11L network has its studio, offices and vast music and video archive. 11L/RNI programming originates live from Grasmere.
  • Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, the artist who created the famous Dogs Playing Poker paintings, lived in Grasmere toward the end of his life.
  • Alan Stonegate built the community of Stonegate at Grasmere after fixing the Cyclone in Coney Island.
  • Sir Roderick Cameron, co-founder of R.W. Cameron & Co.

References

  1. ^ "Staten Island Bus Map January 2013" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. January 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ Pitta & Giblin LLP, Attorneys at Law

Coordinates: 40°36′18″N 74°05′16″W / 40.60500°N 74.08778°W / 40.60500; -74.08778

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