Emerson Hill is an affluent neighborhood just south of Sunnyside and the Staten Island Expressway.
Other neighborhoods bordering Emerson Hill include Concord to the east and Todt Hill to the south. The College of Staten Island is also just to the west. The hill takes its name from Judge William Emerson, who lived there with his family in a house known as "The Snuggery." The judge’s brother, famous poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, also lived there for several months, marking the only period where he lived somewhere other than Concord, Massachusetts. The neighborhood's gorgeous views of New Jersey, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and other city locales may have enticed residents and potential buyers for years.
Professionals of various ethnic backgrounds live in Emerson Hill, home to many doctors, lawyers, and other specialty occupations. Douglas Road is the main road throughout Emerson Hill, while Richmond Road offers some businesses and restaurants, like the acclaimed Italian eatery Pastosa Ravioli. Carol’s Cafe is also notable for serving up delicious food as well as doubling as a culinary school, while plenty of shopping options await a 15-minute drive away at the Staten Island Mall. Locally, walking throughout the neighborhood is a treat for the eyes; in addition to quality views, there is a wide range of architecture, from Swiss chalets to center-hall colonials. Many homes in Emerson Hill have gated entrances, but many gates are usually left open and without security due to the neighborhood’s low crime rate.
Fans of the classic film The Godfather may recognize some locations from Emerson Hill. Now considered landmarks, two large homes on the end of Longfellow Avenue served as Casa Corleone in the film. Whether you'd like to scope out the neighborhood's dazzling architecture, stop by the excellent Pastosa Ravioli, or simply enjoy the views, it’s easy to access Emerson Hill with a car. The neighborhood is just a few minutes from the Staten Island Expressway, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and Brooklyn. Midtown is about a half-hour drive away. For those preferring public transit, several express buses including X10, X14, and X15 stop at the bottom of Emerson Hill, a neighborhood that balances seclusion with upscale accessibility.
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