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Historically, the neighborhood received its current name circa 1860 after Anna Seguine, a descendant of French Huguenots who fled France and were among the South Shore's earliest settlers. This was in part due to Henry IV who revoked the Edict of Nantes, which had once given them political equality. Situated on the South shore of Staten Island, living in Annadale offers residents the choice of one- and two-family homes and several grand and modern homes that have transformed the character of this once-sleepy South Shore community. This is especially because of construction of residences below Hylan Boulevard, on prime shorefront real estate. Surrounding areas include Eltingville, Huguenots (also receiving its name from the french settlers), and Arden Heights. Once a large woodland area, the area that makes up Annadale has since cleared in the last three decades of the 20th Century to make room for new homes. However, a city park in the heart of the neighborhood was converted into a wildlife preserve; known as Blue Heron Park Preserve. The park offers a variety of free programs for kids and adults, as well as containing six ponds that were created thousands of years ago by a retreating glacier, swamps and small streams which empty into nearby Raritan Bay. Also within Annadale is another beautiful park space known as Bayview Terrace Park, located on the waterfront overlooking the beach. The park is a major attraction during butterfly migration season, when over 30 species visit the butterfly-friendly plants in the garden each year.While Annadale still has a few wooded streets without sidewalks, for the most part it resembles suburban Long Island or New Jersey where you can sense the family-friendly neighborhood and often find children playing outside their homes. There are several schools in the community for all ages. Tottenville High School, P.S. 5,and P.S. 36, two intermediate schools I.S. 7 and I.S. 75 , and two Roman Catholic schools serve Annadale, St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School and Holy Child Preschool. Directly north of Annadale is a busy shopping district at Annadale Rd and N. Railroad St., easily accessible by public transportation. Here visitors will find bars and restaurants in ample supply, as well as delis, cleaners, and basic supplies. Nearby communities also offer grocery options on Amboy Rd., both to the north and south, also accessible by public transit.When it comes to transportation, Annadale is served by several. The Staten Island Railway's Annadale Station, at Amboy Road/Annadale Road is easily accessible to residents as well as local bus services like the S55, S59, and S78 and the X23 and X24 express buses to New York City.

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  • Ps 55 Henry M. Boehm School


  • Blueberry Park
  • Blue Heron Park
  • Garden
  • Lieutenant John H. Martinson Playground
  • Olmsted-Beil House Park

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