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Bloomfield is a small neighborhood located on the west shore of the borough of Staten Island in New York City. The neighborhood of Travis-Chelsea borders it to the south, Bulls Head is to the east, and Prall’s Island and the Arthur Kill are located off the western coast. In the 17th Century when it was first settled, Bloomfield was originally named Daniell’s Neck. It was later renamed Merrell Town after a local farmer. However, despite its early agricultural and residential history, the area has largely been used as industrial storage through the twentieth century to today. The area was mainly used to store heavy industrial and construction equipment, such as cement mixers. Today, there is considerably more commercial development in the area. Bloomfield is now home to the Hilton Garden Inn New York/Staten Island, a Home Depot, a movie theater, car rental agencies, a grocery store, furniture stores, and more. Students in the Bloomfield area may wish to attend the John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School beginning in Grade 6. Many other major developments have been proposed, among then a NASCAR racetrack at the Gulf Oil facility. However, to date most of these plans have fallen through. What the area doesn’t have is a lot of residential development. While there is some housing stock, the area is far less residential and more industrial than the rest of Staten Island. Bloomfield is reachable via the S46 and S96 bus routes. Additionally, the Staten Island Expressway runs through the northern end of the neighborhood, while the West Shore Expressway runs up the center. Both provide easy access for those who commute by car. While a West Shore Light Rail line has been proposed that would provide rail access in Bloomfield, as of now the neighborhood has no rail access. Bloomfield does include an abundance of farmland. This includes Staten Island Industrial Park, which combines over 100 acres of preserved wetlands with 35 acres of office space. Most of the parkland consists of the Sweet Bay Magnolia Preserve, which boasts one of the highest amounts of rare plants in New York City. Part of the William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge is also within Bloomfield’s borders. Formed in 1928, this wildlife and bird sanctuary houses more than 117 bird species, as well as snapping turtles, fiddler crabs, muskrats, and more. Other parks and outdoor destinations located in the Bloomfield area are the Old Place Creek, Goethals Pond, and Saw Mill Creek Marsh.

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  • Old Place Creek Park
  • Saw Mill Creek Marsh
  • Staten Island Industrial Park

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