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Dongan Hills is located on the East Shore of New York's Staten Island. Originally two separate neighborhoods, Hillside Park and Linden Park, the two eventually merged and were renamed after Thomas Dongan, who was the governor of the Province of New York after England acquired the land from the Netherlands in 1682. Dongan Hills primarily derives its name from Todt Hill, a 400-foot tall hill on the northern end of Staten Island, although there are other large hills in the neighborhood as well. The highest point on the Eastern Seabord, the area is considered one of the most expensive areas on Staten Island. The eastern side of the hill is located within Dongan Hills. Construction of small, one-family homes in the area increased in the post-World War II housing boom. Additionally the neighborhood is home to the General Berry Houses, a public housing project. Population in the neighborhood grew after the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was built, which links Staten Island and Brooklyn. Because of this, many Brooklynites have moved to the neighborhood, and now consist of more of the population than original Staten Islanders. The neighborhood is predominately Italian-American, with many additional Hispanic, Irish, and African American residents. Many professionals live here who commute into Manhattan, as it's conveniently located next to the Dongan Hills station of the State Island Railway, which provides service to the Staten Island Ferry at St. George. The neighborhood is also served by the X1, X2, X3, X9, and X15 express busses, and the S74, S76, S78, S84, and S86 local buses. There are several amenities for residents. There are several schools in the neighborhood, including St. Ann Elementary School and Public School 11 Thomas Dongan School. There is a local branch of the New York Public Library located at 1617 Richmond Road, and bowling fans can bowl a few rounds at Rab's Country Lanes on Hylan Blvd. The neighborhood borders Ocean Breeze Park, which is a 110 acre tidal meadow park. It has several dog-friendly areas, and will soon be home to the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Facility a 135,000 square foot athletic complex and a therapeutic horse riding arena. Dongan Hills also conveniently borders Staten Island University Hospital. There are several restaurants in Dongan Hills, including several neighborhood Italian restaurants. Chief among these is Royal Crown Bakery, an old-school Italian bakery known particularly for its chocolate bread, available every weekend, as well as traditional lard bread and ciabatta loaves.

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