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Westerleigh is a neighborhood situated in northwestern Staten Island and bordered on the east by Manor Road, the west by the Martin Luther King Jr.Read more about Westerleigh
Expressway, the south by Victory Boulevard, and the north by Forest Avenue. Because of its high ground, certain locations offer views of Newark, New Jersey and even farther on clear days. Westerleigh is characterized by a plenitude of trees, among them acacia, blue spruce, cedar, honey locust, elm, and more. As of 2011, the population of Westerleigh was 26,595, with a largely professional community.
In 1877 the National Prohibition Campground Association bought 25 acres of land in Westerleigh and named it Prohibition Park, first garnering attention for the area. Many local streets are named after the Prohibition Movement’s early leaders; for example, Neal Dow and Clinton B. Fisk.
Known for its robust community life, Westerleigh celebrates an annual holiday called Patriotic Sunday held on the last Sunday in June each year. Residents enjoy marches from Tottenville High School’s South Shore Band, and picnic and drink beer provided by the Improvement Society, founded in 1893.
Historic houses abound in the neighborhood, including the Peter Houseman House, one of the few surviving colonial homes from the era, and a number of Victorian houses dating from the 1880s to the 1920s. Westerleigh is marked by eclectic house styles, including Dutch colonials, Cape Cods, and ranches.
Past notable residents include Isaac Funk, co-founder of Funk and Wagnalls, poet Edwin Markham, heiress Amy Vanderbilt, and b-movie actor Brian “the Duke” Crimmins.
Local favorites in the culinary scene include Miyabi Asian Fusion, for artistically presented plates of sushi and sashimi, flavor-rich noodle dishes, and savory curries; Nurnberger Bierhaus, for those looking to relax over some German brews in a convivial setting; and Lunchbox, a trendy spot for noshing on unexpectedly gourmet comfort dishes like tater tots with cheese, bacon bits, and caramelized onions.
Westerleigh is served by numerous local and express buses, including the S57, X12, and X42 along Watchogue Road, the S62/92 and S93 along Victory Boulevard, the S66 along Jewett Avenue, the S48/98 and X30 along Forest Avenue, and the X14 along Manor Road.