At Staten Island’s geographical center, situated within the residential development of the Springville neighborhood, Heartland Village is one of the island’s most attractive communities.
The square shaped area is bordered by Richmond Hill Road, Rockland Avenue and Richmond Avenue, and located a stone’s throw away from Staten Island’s commercial beating heart – Staten Island Mall.
Heartland Village is the second largest commercial and administrative hub on Staten Island after the St. George neighborhood. However, as a residential area, it is predominantly made up of large two family homes, medium sized and larger houses, as well as condos. Being located so near Staten Island Mall and other shopping centers, Heartland Village is a prime spot for real estate. Even in the borough itself, which is mostly comprised of residential housing, there are a few curiosities, like the small farm museum, run by the Staten Island Historical Society.
There are also plenty of options for dining out and even more shopping. Taking a stroll along Richmond Avenue leads to a number of plazas, shops and eateries, including the Richmond Shopping Center, the Pergament Mall and Staten Island Mall on 2655 Richmond Avenue. There are also numerous smaller shops and stores along Richmond Avenue and Richmond Hill Road, like the Kenbar Plaza and the Nome Plaza. There is also the Heartland Village Shopping Center located within the neighborhood itself.
The small borough sprung up in the late 1960s, after the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge linked Staten Island to Brooklyn, however most of the residential development took place later around the 1980s. Since then, it has evolved into a family friendly neighborhood populated by semi-detached houses and a plethora of schooling options.
With six public schools and two independent preschools, the appeal of Heartland Village for those with children is evident. Some examples include P.S. 69 and 58, and I.S. 72, an intermediate school catering to students from grades six through to eight. There are two high schools, the Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School and the CSI High School for International Studies.
The location of Heartland Village’s proximity to the Staten Island’s major shopping malls means it’s a well connected to other areas on the island and New York boroughs. There are regular buses linking up with the Staten Island Ferry, and express bus services to both Brooklyn and Manhattan.
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