Lighthouse Hill is both a hill and a neighborhood on Staten Island, bordered by Richmondtown to the south, Todt Hill to the north, and Grant City to the east.
It acquired its name in 1912 when the 141-foot Staten Island Range Light, located on Richmond Hill, was built. The southernmost of a chain of hills separating Staten Island’s East Shore from Mid-Island, or the region behind the hills, Lighthouse Hill is filled with parks belonging to the Staten Island Greenbelt. Richmond Creek runs through the bottom of the hill’s eastern ridge and flows into the Fresh Kills. With a population of 4,456, according to data from 2011, the neighborhood is predominantly made up of white collar workers and has a median age of 40.1 for males and 44.2 for females.
Lighthouse Hill is celebrated for its quiet beauty, timeless charm, and unique architectural landscape. Cape Cods, ranches, cottages, and contemporaries dot this stately neighborhood, which offers sweeping views of nearby historic Richmond Town and the New York Harbor.
Cultural attractions abound in the area, among them the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, founded in 1945 and featuring a collection of sculpture, ritual objects, musical instruments, thangkas, and furniture from Tibet and the Himalayas; The Crimson Beech, the only residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in New York City and one of eleven Marshall Erdman Prefab Houses; and the early Greek Revivalist-style LaTourette House, where Modernist painter Henry Fitch Taylor, a student of Claude Monet, lived with his wife from 1913 to 1915. Another notable resident of Lighthouse Hill is radio, TV, and film personality Arthur Anderson--better known as the “Voice of the Lucky Charms Leprechaun”--who lived on Edinboro Road for the first twelve years of his life.
A diverse culinary scene thrives in and around Lighthouse Hill. Choice dining destinations include Pizzeria Giove, which offers crispy thin crust pizza in a variety of gourmet flavors; Taste of India II, for those in search of authentic Indian cuisine; and Sushi Excellent, featuring an extensive menu of fresh Japanese dishes.
The S54 and S74/84 local buses, and the X15 express bus on Richmond Road, all service Lighthouse Hill.
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