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Grymes Hill is a neighborhood located in the borough of Staten Island. The neighborhood is situated on a hill known as Grymes Hill located in the North East of Staten Island. The famous hill provides the area with a beautiful waterfront view. Resting at the second highest point in Staten Island Grymes Hill provides spectacular views of Lower New York Bays and the Narrows. Living in Grymes Hill will allow one to follow a rich history while being provided with a comfortable living space for the future. The neighborhood was part of the 5,100-acre manor granted to Governor Thomas Dongan in 1687 and was subsequently passed on to his nephews and heirs.The hill in which Grymes Hill gets its name from is named after Suzette Bosque Grymes. Grymes was the widow of the first governor of Louisiana, William Charles Cole Claiborne, who settled on Staten Island in 1836. The neighborhood in this North East part of Staten Island started as a luxury-home destination, and retains many of the private homes and mansions in contemporary times. Many of these original luxury style homes were built in the 1800s by a local developer, Major Charles Howard, whose name survives in Howard Avenue, which is the main road in Grymes Hill. Grymes Hill is best noted for being home to Wagner College and the Staten Island campus for St. John's University. Prominent residents commonly built mansions in Grymes Hill with the Cunard and Ward mansions being purchased and eventually used as buildings for Wagner College as the school helps the rich history of Grymes Hill live on. Curtis High School provides the community with a local public high school. Also located nearby is the St. Vincent Hospital, which is part of the Richmond University Medical Center. The magnificent Casa Belvedere mansion in Rosebank has transformed into an Italian-American cultural center, with displays and exhibits of the life and work of a famous Staten Island in the Alice Austen House museum. Along with the Italian-American Center, Grymes Hill provides the community with nearby parks such as Clove Lake Park and Silver Lake Park. Silver Lake Park provides local residence with an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, sports fields and nature trails. Children can enjoy playing at the Terrace Playground off Clove Road, named for its unique design: three tiers cut into the adjoining hill from the terraces, designed for different age groups with a set of staircases to establish a sense of privacy yet continuity. The park's basketball courts and handball courts provide plenty of activity as well. If one is looking to venture out of Staten Island and travel to nearby New York City, Grymes Hill is just a short drive from the local ferry. Grymes Hill remains a desirable living area for multiple reasons, not least of which are the stunning views of the Lower New York Bay made possible by the hill's elevation as the second highest point on Staten Island. Outdoor parks in the area showcase the natural beauty of the hill, and convenient roads and public transportation make it a breeze to reach the shopping and dining hubs in neighboring enclaves. Living in Grymes Hill presents one with a pleasant and desirable living environment.

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