It was initially settled by the Dutch in the 1600s, then by the English and it was eventually populated by the wave of Irish and Italian immigrants. Its former name ‘Factoryville’ pays tribute to the borough’s industrial roots, however it is more commonly known as West Brighton in its current residential era.
The Victorians on the tree-lined streets east of Bement Avenue, the Tudor homes and colonials dating back to the Civil War located south of Forest Avenue, through to the public housing complex of the high-rised West Brighton Houses, collectively illustrate the eclectic styles found in the neighborhood.
Set on Staten Island’s North Shore, situated between New Brighton, Port Richmond, Sunnyside and Castleton Corners, West Brighton is a coastal neighborhood that offers residents many parks, the Staten Island Zoo and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center within walking distance.
In the seafront area sometimes known as ‘Livingston’, the Snug Harbor Cultural Center houses art exhibitions, concert halls, the Staten Island Children’s Museum, as well as the botanical gardens. Staten Island Zoo and numerous abandoned cemeteries comprise some of West Brighton’s more interesting locales. The cricket club in Walker Park is also worth a mention, since it is the US’s oldest continually operating cricket club, established in 1872, which still houses matches to this day.
The Michael J. Mahoney Playground is another local curiosity. This playground commemorates the West Brighton marine who fought in Europe during World War I. Mahoney died on the Blanc Mont Ridge in France after being gunned down by German machine guns.
The tranquility of the neighborhood, the beautiful Victorian and colonial homes and the proximity to a number of good schools makes West Brighton a popular choice for families.
There are numerous schools within the neighborhood itself or within easy reach of West Brighton, including Catholic Schools, preschools, intermediate schools and high schools, like the McKee Vocational High School and Morris Magnet School of the Arts. Even though the West Brighton railway station sits on a disused line, the neighborhood is still connected by frequent bus services running to the St. George Ferry Terminal, Staten Island Mall, Manhattan, among others.
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