At the southern tip of Staten Island is Rossville, a neighborhood situated to the north of Woodrow, to the west of Arden Heights, and to the south and east of Arthur Kill.
As of 2011, it had a population of 10,083. A brush fire in 1963 destroyed much of the neighborhood’s original housing stock, but recent residential development has attracted young families from other New York City boroughs. Over half of all residents in the area commute to jobs in Manhattan.
Once called Blazing Star, after a tavern on Arthur Kill Road, traces of Rossville’s past can be newly discovered in the Blazing Star Burial Ground (also on Arthur Kill Road), which contains graves dating back to the 1700s.
The oldest Roman Catholic Church still standing on Staten Island, St. Joseph’s Church, founded in 1848, is located on Poplar Avenue in Rossville. This area is also home to the Witte Marine Scrapyard--commonly referred to as the “Boat Graveyard” in popular culture, and one of the largest marine scrapyards on the East Coast. Currently owned by Donjon Recycling and C&M Metals Recycling, the scrapyard holds a vast collection of historic boats, and remains the only place in the city to discard unused ships.
Rossville A.M.E. Zion, a Black church in the neighborhood, has served both as a spiritual, social, and even business networking hub for the community since its founding in 1850. A designated New York City landmark, the church has struggled in recent years to remain relevant to a changing congregation while also holding onto its deep roots and traditions.
Today Rossville has been transformed from its original farmland into a largely suburban region. In keeping with its predominantly Italian heritage, Rossville Pizza is a popular haunt for locals and tourists alike. Woodrow Diner is another frequented spot for those in search of comfort food--think stuffed mushrooms, french onion soup, and eggplant parmigiana--enjoyed in a comfortable setting.
The S74/84 local buses on Bloomingdale Road and Rossville Avenue, the S55 local bus on Bloomingdale Road, and the X22 express bus on Rossville Avenue all serve Rossville.
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