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The historic community of Midland Beach lies on the eastern shore of Staten Island. It began in the late 19th century as a resort town, originally named Woodland Beach. Visitors came from Manhattan and New Jersey via ferries, steamboats and trains to enjoy the refreshing sea breezes of the popular vacation spot. Soon the town built a boardwalk, hotels, trolleys and other amenities for vacationers. Investors followed, organizing shows, concerts, dances and other events. To this day, the town continues to host open air concerts, local festivals and other family-friendly activities on the newly renovated boardwalk. The area's current attractions have been designed to be both family-friendly and easily accessible to the public. Midland beach is a public beach which is operated by New York State, and the boardwalk is a favorite destination for residents of Midland Beach. In fact, the boardwalk extends a full 2.5 miles past Midland beach all the way to Fort Wadsworth. The beach's facilities include walking trails, bike lanes, fishing spots, and designated swimming areas with lifeguards. Alongside the beach can be found multiple playgrounds, bocce courts, checker tables, a roller hockey rink, a skateboard park, and more. Midland beach encompasses the approximately 2 square miles between Miller Field and Ocean Breeze Park. On the eastern edge of the neighborhood is Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach. On the west side is the Staten Island Railroad. As Midland Beach is nearly surrounded by green space, the neighborhood can be a welcome respite from the concrete of New York city. In fact, Midland Beach offers a variety of transportation options including, easy access to I-278 via Father Capodano Blvd, three access points to the Staten Island Railroad, and numerous bus routes. For commuters, Midland Beach's rail stations include Grant City Station, Jefferson Avenue Station, and Dongan Hills Station which offer easy access to the St. George Ferry Terminal/Staten Island Ferry. The area is served by S51, S81, S78, S79, S52, S76, S86, S84 and S74 buses which operate within Staten Island and can take passengers to other boroughs via St. George's Ferry Terminal. Express buses (x1, x2, x3, x4, x5, x7, x8, x9, and x15) go to locations across Manhattan from Downtown Manhattan to the southern reaches of Central Park. Most children living in the area attend the following schools: P.S. 38 George Cromwell Elementary ( Prek-5th Grade), P.S. 52 John C Thompson Elementary School (Prek-5th Grade), P.S. 41 New Dorp Elementary (Prek-5th Grade), IS 2 George L Egbert Intermediate School (6th-8th Grade), New Dorp High School (Grades 9-12), Susan E Wagner High School (Grades 9-12), John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School, and/or Monsignor Farrell High School, although some do choose to travel farther for their education. While today's population is a mere 16,600 people, it's estimated that each year 2 to 3 million visitors are drawn to Midland Beach and the surrounding waterfront towns.

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