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Graniteville is a small neighborhood located on Staten Island, one of the five boroughs of New York City. It is located in the northwestern portion of the neighborhood, bordered by Mariners Harbor to the north, Elm Park to the northeast, Westerleigh to the east, Bulls Head to the south, and Bloomfield to the west. Originally known alternately as Bennett’s Corners and Fayatteville, the opening of trap rock quarries in the mid-to-late 19th century led to the neighborhood being called Granite Village, which was later shortened to Graniteville. The area has traditionally been a rural one, although the suburbanization of Staten Island after the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in 1964 led to a boom or residential development in the neighborhood. Today, the area is a relatively bustling one, by Staten Island standards, particularly along Richmond Avenue. As this road leads to the Staten Island Mall, many businesses have opened along the thoroughfare to take advantage of the heavy automotive traffic. Students in Graniteville attend either P. S. 60 or P. S. 22, followed by Markham Intermediate School at I. S. 51 or Rocco Laurie Intermediate School at I. S. 72. Alternately, students can choose to attend the recently-opened joint elementary and intermediate school of P. S. / I. S. 861 from kindergarten through eighth grade. Students then attend Port Richmond High School through graduation. The neighborhood also contains a Staten Island’s first charter school, the John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School. There are a variety of bus options for those who take public transit within Graniteville. Local routes in the neighborhood include the S48 and S98 on Forest Avenue, the S46 and S96 on South Avenue, and the S59 and S89 on Richmond Avenue. Commuters can also pick up express busses to Manhattan on the X30 line on Forest or South Avenues, the X12 or X42 on Forest or Richmond Avenues, the X10 on Richmond Avenue, or the X17 on Richmond Avenue, Goethals Road North, or Lamberts Lane. For those who commute via car, the southern border of the town is formed by the Staten Island Expressway, and route 440 runs through the eastern edge of the neighborhood. The biggest landmark within Graniteville is the Baron Hirsch Cemetery, located in the center of the neighborhood. This 80 acre plot of land, founded in the late 19th century, is still active today as a Jewish cemetery. There is also one small part located on the northern edge of the neighborhood: Graniteville Quarry Park.

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  • Is 51 E. Markham Is
  • Ps 22 Graniteville School


  • Gaeta Park
  • Graniteville Quarry Park
  • Jennifer's Playground
  • Markham Playground

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