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Oakwood, Staten Island, is a picturesque neighborhood neatly nestled on the ocean shore right between Great Kills Park and New Dorp Beach. Residents of Oakwood enjoy all that the adjacent green space has to offer. From Canoe and Kayak launches to expansive beaches, the park is a great place for all ages to go and enjoy the fresh air. Great Kills Park is part of the larger Gateway National Recreation Area which is comprised of protected locations throughout New York and New Jersey. The recreation areas are vital to to the health and vigor of the local environment and lends a rejuvenating atmosphere to it's bordering communities. Frank Hankinson Elementary School, or PS 50, is the local public elementary school. It educates children from Pre-k to 5th Grade. Most public school students attend middle school at Egbert Intermediate School, and High School at New Dorp High School. Private school options include St. Charles School (Grades Pre-K through 8th Grade) and Monsignor Farrell High School (Boys 9th through 12th Grade), Moore Catholic High School (Co-ed 9-12), St. Joseph Hill (Girls 9-12). Visitors can easily get to and from Oakwood and it's beaches by either car or public transit. The community's public transit system is comprised of the Staten Island Railway (SIR) and Staten Island Public Buses. Oakwood Heights Station is the main railway station serving the Oakwood Community. Trains operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and run about every 15 minutes during rush hour or every 30 minutes during regular hours. Oakwood is also serviced by S56, S57, S76, S86 buses which run throughout Staten Island. Most stop at the Ferry Terminal for convenient access to Manhattan. Commuters tend to prefer the many express buses which pass through Oakwood. Express buses in Oakwood include x2, x3, x9, and x24 which drop passengers off in Downtown and Midtown Manhattan. Oakwood is bisected by Hylan Boulevard, which makes car travel fairly simple. From Hyland Boulevard, residents can get directly onto the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. From the Verranzo, travelers can go directly to the BQE for travel between Brooklyn and Queens, take the Belt Parkway East towards Long Island or take local routes through Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton and other local Brooklyn neighborhoods. For travel to New Jersey, residents can head north to I-278 which leads directly to the Goethals Bridge. Alternatively, the Outerbridge Crossing can be reached by heading west towards NJ-440 for travel southwards.

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  • Ps 50 Frank Hankinson School

Parks

  • Clawson Playground
  • Dugan Playground
  • Great Kills Park

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