Located on the West Shore of Staten Island, Bloomfield sits to the north of Travis and to the west of Bulls Head.
When it was first settled in the 17th century, the neighborhood was originally named Daniell’s Neck, and was later called Merrell Town after a local farmer. Bloomfield first appeared on a map in 1874. As of 2011, the area’s population was 8,194, with a median age of 38 years for males and 38.8 years for females, and an average household size of 2.9 people.
With much of its land utilized by construction companies throughout the 20th century, Bloomfield was home to very few residents during this time. Gulf Oil formerly maintained a 440-acre oil storage terminal, built in 1936 and with a total capacity of 215 million US gallons, in Bloomfield. This terminal housed 82 tanks and led to a service road of the West Shore Expressway. The tanks have since been demolished, owing to the terminal’s closure in 1998. Tragedy struck the area on February 10, 1973, when forty-two workers inside a TETco natural gas tanks were killed during a cleaning operation.
In the early 2000s, commercial development in Bloomfield began to occur quickly in the form of large office complexes, as well as a Hilton Hotel on South Avenue. Due to its large stretches of open space, many designs for the area--including one formulated by the International Speedway Corporation in 2004 to build a NASCAR racetrack where the Gulf Oil facility once stood--have been conceived, but none have come to fruition as of yet.
Mafia activity has had somewhat of a history in the area; according to the New York Times, the family of Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, a member of the Gambino crime family, once lived in Bloomfield.
Today, Bloomfield’s ambiance can be described as quietly industrial, with a handful of spots for socializing, including the Staten Island Sportsmen’s Club, founded in 1936. Crowd-pleasing dining establishments in and around the neighborhood include Pho Mac Vietnamese Restaurant, for adventurous eaters; Da Noi, which offers a romantic ambiance and attentive staff; and the recently opened Bisslee, where you can choose from a dependable menu of burgers, sides, and shakes.
Transportation in Bloomfield includes the S46/96 bus.
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