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The northernmost community of Staten Island's South Shore, is the neighborhood of Great Kills. It's also one of Staten Island's larger neighborhoods, in terms of land. Kill is an old Dutch term, found in more than one area name in the NYC area, which loosely translates to creek, or channel. There are a large number of small streams that run through the area, and "great" may refer to a great number. Thus, the name Great Kill would roughly translate to "large number of streams." The name Great Kills has been in use since circa 1865. The eastern half of the area used to be known as Cairedon, while the western half was knows as Newtown. Both areas came to be knows as Giffords, named after a local commissioner and surveyor. At another time, the area was also knows as Honeywood. Staten Island is home to 8 different little leagues, with Greak Kills as the home to one of them. Park lovers will find King Fisher Park and Siedenburg Park as their two main options directly in the neighborhood. King Fisher is considered a "wildlife oasis," with a freshwater pond, wetlands and forest. Birdwatchers and photographers find this to be a fruitful destination. Siedenburg Park is also popular among birdwatchers. It has an oak forest, along with a pond and extensive wetlands. The staten Island Railway has a stop in Great Kills, which has express service to the St. George Ferry Terminal during weekday rush hours. In addition, the area is served by 5 local buses, and 7 express buses.

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  • Ps 32
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  • King Fisher Park
  • Siedenburg Park

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