Living In: Clifton


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Clifton, on Staten Island, NY is a neighborhood on the North Shore. An older, waterfront neighborhood, it is across the bay from Brooklyn, specifcally the Bay Ridge and Fort Hamilton neighborhoods. Along the waterfront are views of Upper New York Bay and Lower Manhattan. The Stapleton neighborhood is just to the north. The name dates back to 1817, when the town of Clifton (which was larger than the current day neighborhood) was laid out. Ferry service, established by Cornelius Vanderbilt, used to run from the waterfront to Manhattan. Bayley Seton Hospital, which is currently primarily a psychiatric and social services outpatient hospital, was at one time the original headquarters for the National Institutes of Health. That building is still standing today. Clifton still has a number of large Victorian homes from the late 1800s, particularly near the waterfront. The area from Vanderbilt to Norwood Avenues particularly contain a number of these large homes. The Staten Island Railway serves Clifton, which is only three stops from the Staten Island Ferry in St. George. Buses run along Bay Street, Tompkins Avenue, Vanderbilt Avenue and Targee Street/Van Duzer Avenue.

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  • Concord Alternative Hs
  • Is 49 B. A. Dreyfus Is
  • Ps 14 Vanderbilt School
  • Ps 57 Hubert H. Humphrey Scho
  • Ps 721

Parks

  • Bedford Green
  • Eibs Pond Park
  • Lopez Playground
  • Maple Woods
  • Sobel Court Park
  • Stapleton Playground
  • Targee Street Triangle

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