Located just west of Westerleigh and south of Mariners Harbor, Graniteville is a northwestern Staten Island neighborhood with an illustrious rock-related history, as its name suggests.
Originally called Bennett's Corners, Fayetteville, and then Granite Village, the eventually-named Graniteville consisted of many quarries of trap rock, a crystallized stone, in the late 19th century. The area was primarily rural until the 1940s and 1950s, when a wide range of businesses - from fireworks manufacturers to toymakers - operated there. The area experienced a boom in population in 1964, when the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was opened. Today, Graniteville is located at the north end of Richmond Avenue. The Staten Island Expressway separates Graniteville and Bulls Head to the south.
Graniteville enjoys diverse demographics, with not one ethnicity exceeding 40% of the population. This has resulted in an eclectic selection of restaurants, from American options like Joe Broadway's Billiards & Sports Pub to exotic selections, like popular Latin restaurant Rinconcito Paisa and go-to Chinese takeout Chin Chin Palace. In addition to the Staten Island Mall only being four miles away, residents should check out the historic 80 acre Baron Hirsch Cemetery, a Jewish cemetery that was founded in the 19th century and is still used today. Jennifer’s Playground, a small but child-friendly park, is also in the neighborhood, very close to the Staten Island School of Civic Leadership. Another attraction is the Graniteville Swamp Park, which is just to the south of a large movie theater, United Artists Staten Island Stadium 16. Graniteville features a fine balance of outdoors and indoors activities for all age groups.
Access to and from Graniteville can be accomplished via many different bus lines. Commuting is very easy from Graniteville as a result. The S48/S98 runs along Forest Avenue, the S46/S96 runs along South Avenue, and the S44/S94 and S59/S89 lines are on Richmond Avenue. Express buses to Manhattan are available at several intersections, including Forest Avenue/South Avenues (X30), Forest Avenue/Richmond Avenues (X12/X42), Richmond Avenue/Goethals Road North (X17), and the X10 line on Richmond Avenue. Although there is no nearby subway, Graniteville's proximity to the Staten Island Expressway and Bayonne Bridge makes it an easily commutable location for those willing to drive or take the bus.
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