Staten Island neighborhood Travis - Chelsea is geographically classified as in between the West Shore and a Mid-Island.
The neighborhood is located along the Arthur Kill shoreline and north of Freshkills Park. Schmul Playground sits directly to the east. This location makes Travis - Chelsea one of the most secluded neighborhoods in Staten Island. Travis - Chelsea has witnessed a relatively sparse population throughout its history compared to neighboring locales, but its residents take advantage of more spacious land and outdoor activities. Historically, Travis - Chelsea was the site of the first linoleum factory in the entire country. In the 1860s Travis - Chelsea was known as Linoleumville as a result. It had this name until 1930, when residents voted to change the name to honor Colonel Jacob Travis, whose family lived in Travis - Chelsea in the mid-19th century.
Travis - Chelsea is home to a largely white collar population of various educational and ethnic backgrounds. There are many families in the area, with enough diversity that a significant number of these families are multi-lingual. Many residents come together each Independence Day for the neighborhood's notable parade, which is full of colorful sights. For those seeking history of the intimate neighborhood, many of Travis - Chelsea's founding families are buried in the Sylvan Grove Cemetery. At the northeastern tip of Travis - Chelsea is famed bakery Mother Mousse, which is renowned for everything from their cakes and gluten-free options to doggie treats. Better Gourmet Health Kitchen and West Shore Inn also provide great food options, with the latter being popular on football Sundays for their food and drink specials. Many restaurants and businesses are located along the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, Victory Boulevard.
Longtime fans of the Little League World Series may recall that a team representing the Mid-Island Little League won the title in 1964. The Mid-Island Little League is actually located in Travis - Chelsea, at the intersection of Travis Avenue and Victory Boulevard. One can visit Travis - Chelsea, its landmarks, and restaurants by either taking the North Shore Branch of the Staten Island Railway to the Travis freight branch, or by using one of several bus lines. Victory Boulevard hosts the X11 line, while the X19, X22, X22A, X23, and X24 lines run along East Service/West Service Road. Each of the express lines provides direct access to Manhattan during rush hours.
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