Midland Beach’s coastal setting makes it an attractive area for those in search of a small and quiet neighborhood that is both within walking distance of the beach and regular public transport connections.
Thanks to Midland Beach’s proximity to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, it can take residents as little as 30 minutes to reach lower Manhattan, depending on the traffic. There are also many local buses that connect residents to other parts of the island, as well as regular express services to Manhattan.
Situated on the east-central coast of Staten Island, Midland Beach began life as a popular seaside resort at the cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries. However, since then, it has evolved into an area populated by residential bungalows and two-story semi-detached family houses or townhouses. The area is relatively traffic free, due to the neighborhood’s numerous dead-end streets, which discourage fast traffic.
Falling into the upper-middle income band, the residents of Midland Beach mostly hail from professional, white-collar occupations, with an above average level of income when compared with the rest of the US. The neighborhood’s demographic is predominantly comprised of those of Irish or Italian extraction, although there is a growing Russian population in the area.
While the traffic-free calm of this beachside neighborhood makes Midland Beach a family-friendly area, the only available schools are P.S. 38 and the I.S. 2. There is no high school in Midland Beach, although there are some nearby alternatives in the surrounding boroughs.
The seaside is just one of the prime recreational destinations for local residents. Marking the neighborhood’s southern border, Miller Field is a military airfield turned park that is abundant in sports fields and picnic spots. For walkers, joggers and cyclists, the 2.5-mile strip along Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk is a popular strip to work out and get some fresh air; whereas the recently constructed 835-ft fishing pier is a hit with angling fanatics all year round. Residents, whose interest lie more in the retail therapy than chasing the great outdoors, can hit up the commercial area on Midland Avenue for a spot of shopping.
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