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Located in the geographical center of Staten Island, the neighborhood of New Springville is a desirable location with a long history. New Springville was founded at the end of the 17th century and was originally known as Karle’s Neck Village — an agricultural settlement. It wasn’t until the 19th century that the town altered its name to Springville (later to be updated to New Springville). Most surmise that the name came from the several freshwater springs in the area. It was also home of New York City's first drive-in theater; the Fabian Drive-In opened in 1948 at the intersection of Richmond and Platinum avenues. The theater could accommodate up to 600 cars. Unfortunately, after it closed in 1965, all structures associated with the drive-in were demolished. Today, living in New Springville is quite different. In terms of real estate, the town is primarily comprised of single-family homes, apartments and condominiums. The neighborhood is home to two public elementary schools, two intermediate schools, and two high schools. In addition, the College of Staten Island only a 5-minute drive away. If you’re looking to shop, there’s no better location on the Island! Conveniently at the south end of New Springville the Staten Island Mall is open 7 days a week and is the largest retail center on Staten Island. The mall is home to over 200 stores and services and is the third largest transportation hub on the island. Traveling to and from New Springville is convenient and simple. There are 3 buses that travel along Richmond Avenue from the Mall; the s44, which goes to the St. George Ferry Terminal; the s59, which goes to Port Richmond or Tottenville; and the s79, which goes into Bay Ride, Brooklyn from the Mall. Then, there’s the s55, which takes Annadale Road to Rossville or the Mall; the s56, which takes Arthur Kill Road to Huguenot or Mall; and the s61, which takes Forest Hill Road to the St. George Ferry Terminal and the Mall. Looking to head into NYC? The x17 and x31 are express buses, which take you into Manhattan. If you plan on taking the x17, you may want to look up the schedule for that day, as the destination of the bus varies depending on the time and day. It will take Richmond Avenue to the Goethals Bridge and go into either Lower or Midtown Manhattan. The x31, on the other hand, is simple. It takes Forest Hill Road to the Goethals Bridge, leading it into Midtown Manhattan. Other attractions in the area include Decker Farm. The farm, which has been an official city landmark since 1967, was New York City's oldest continuously working family style farm and probably the last piece of the neighborhood's agricultural history. Today, Decker Farm operates under New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and entertains visitors year round. In the fall, they offer farmhouse tours, hayrides, a cornstalk maze, arts and crafts, and a pumpkin patch. Interested in spending time outside? East of New Springville, is LaTourette Park and Golf Course (home of the annual New York City amateur championship). The 18-hole, par 72 course offers both public and private tee times. The clubhouse is also available to host events and weddings. In addition to the park and course, William T. Davis Wildlife refuge, and Willowbrook Park are minutes away to the West.

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