The west-central Staten Island neighborhood Bulls Head traces its name to The Bull's Head Tavern, a Staten Island tavern built in 1741 that was a popular stop for Tories prior to the Revolutionary War.
The tavern was destroyed in a fire, but prior to that it was a prominent historical attraction that brought people from all throughout the country. The Bulls Head neighborhood primarily exists around the intersection at Richmond and Victory, close to the site of the original tavern. It is bordered by Westerleigh to the north, New Springville to the south, and Bloomfield to the west.
In the 1960s, Bulls Head consisted primarily of farmland. Since those days, in addition to a boom in industry, Bulls Head has experienced a variety of cultural expansions that have resulted in an influx of Jewish and Italian residents, many of them families. Church of Our Lady of Pity on Richmond Avenue, a beautifully intimate church, is popular to many Italian residents. The strong family presence in Bulls Head takes advantage of the nearby schools, which include elementary school P.S. 60, intermediate school I.S. 72, and Port Richmond High School, which enrolls over 2000 students each year.
Public transportation in Bulls Head is accommodated by local buses. Along Richmond Avenue, S44/94 travels between the Staten Island Mall and St George Ferry Terminal, the S89 between Eltingville and Bayonne, and the S59 between Tottenville and Port Richmond. On Victory Boulevard, the S62/92 travels between Travis and the St. George Ferry Terminal. Several express buses on Richmond and Victory also can take Bulls Head residents to midtown Manhattan and TriBeCa. The assortment of local and express buses makes getting to and from Bulls Head fairly easy.
Bulls Head offers convenient shopping along Richmond Avenue, with a plethora of stores and restaurants. The only park in Bulls Head is Father Macris Park, which was obtained by New York in the 1950s but was not finished until 1998, when the city added a softball field, soccer field, bleachers, grass areas, paths, drinking fountains, and a fountain featuring dolphin sculptures. Accessible bus transportation, a strong family community, and some historical savvy makes Bulls Head a Staten Island neighborhood of interest.
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