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Grymes Hill is popular among the college crowd since it is home to several universities, including Wagner College and St. John's University Staten Island Campus.Read more about Grymes Hill
As its name suggests, Grymes Hill is located on a hill, with residents pinpointing neighborhood locations relative to the geographical side of the hill. The Staten Island Expressway and Clove Road define the southern side, while Van Duzer Street and Richmond Road comprise the east side. Victory Boulevard is located on the west side, while either Louis Street or Cebra Avenue is classified as the northern border.
Second to Todt Hill in terms of elevation, Grymes Hill takes its name from Suzette Bosque Grymes, who settled in Staten Island in 1836 following the death of her husband, the first governor of Louisiana, William Charles Cole Claiborne. Grymes Hill had historical relevance in the alcohol prohibition. Caves extending from Grymes Hill to van Duzer Street originally served as production sites for beer brewing. After prohibition ended, these caves were turned into a bar that is now closed. Still, anyone can see this bar by watching The Godfather, which used the bar as a scene setting.
The neighborhood boasts housing that ranges from impressive private establishments to accessible rental options, like Grymes Hill Apartments and co-op housing Grymes Hill Manor Estates. There is also a condominium and senior citizen housing on Howard Avenue. The hill itself boasts gorgeous views of Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Atlantic Ocean, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and New Jersey. That view is partially responsible for the elevating living costs of Grymes Hill, but the beauty and accessibility seems worth it for many residents.
Although Grymes Hill lacks local stores and business, there are plenty of nearby options in Staten Island, in addition to access to Manhattan and New Jersey. Nearby Stapleton offers plenty of food options, many of them affordable and eclectic in cuisine. Our Lady of Good Council, a Roman Catholic Church, is the only place of worship on the hill, but there are other churches within walking distance in other neighborhoods. A variety of buses on Grymes Hill and along Victory Boulevard make it easy for residents to get from place to place, including express buses to Manhattan and service to the Staten Island Mall.