Popular belief holds that its name comes from William, Prince of Orange, who became King of England in 1689. A predominantly white neighborhood, as of 2011 Prince’s Bay had a population of 11,283.
During the 19th century, Prince’s Bay was home to a thriving oyster-planting industry. Because of its reputation, the famous “Prince’s Bay Oysters” appeared on menus in Manhattan and even as far as London.
When, in 1860, the southern terminus of the Staten Island Railway was moved from Eltingville to Tottenville, development in the area began to occur rapidly. Due to its remote location from the Staten Island Ferry and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, however, Prince’s Bay remained relatively undeveloped until the 1980s. A lush and quiet seaside community defined by abundant parks and greenery, the neighborhood boasts a modern contemporary colonial residential vibe. Formerly a popular location for summer homes, particularly by residents of other New York City boroughs, the neighborhood lost some of its appeal to residents during the 20th century, due to increasing water pollution surrounding the area. However, new homes have continued to be built since that time.Find Prince's Bay apartments
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Prince’s Bay is also host to Seguine Mansion, a Greek Revivalist-style house built in 1838 by Joseph Segue, a prosperous man that founded the Staten Island Oil and Candlemaking Company on his own property and owned substantial farmland in the area. The Christmas Tree Inn on Wilbur Street is one of several small hotels in Prince’s Bay.
Natural destinations in Prince’s Bay include Lemon Creek Park, one of the few remaining ground-level creeks in New York City, and Wolfe’s Pond Park, which features a sand beach along Raritan Bay, mountain biking trails, and two playgrounds. Some well-loved restaurants in and around the area are Italian favorites Il Sogno, Nove Italian Bistro, and Zio Toto.
The S55 S56 local buses on Seguine Avenue, the S59 and S78 local buses on Hylan Boulevard, and the X23 bus on Seguine Avenue all service Prince’s Bay.