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Westerleigh is a neighborhood in the northern section of Staten Island in New York City. The area is part of a chain of hills that stretch across the northern parts of Staten Island. At their peak on Todt Hill, it is the highest elevation found that close to the sea south of Maine along the eastern coast. While Westerleigh is not as high at Todt Hill, from certain vantage points in the neighborhood it is possible to see although the way to Newark, New Jersey, and sometimes further depending on the day's visibility. Westerleigh first came into the public eye when the temperance group, the National Prohibition Campground Association, bought land in the area the names the property Prohibition Park back in 1877. To this day, many of the streets in the neighborhood are named after many leaders in the Prohibition movement, such as Neal Dow and Clinton B. Fish, or for states that supported anti-liquor laws, like Maine and Ohio. Westerleigh is home to the one of the oldest Boy Scout groups, Troop #2, which still operates out of the Immanuel Union Church on Jewett Avenue in Westerleigh. In addition, the neighborhood is also home to the oldest tennis club in the United States. Westerleigh Park is located in the center of the neighborhood of Westerleigh and acts as the unofficial heart of the entire North Shore of Staten Island. In the summer, the park hosts an unofficial holiday that Staten Islanders dub as Patriotic Sunday, and residents come from all over the island to celebrate America. In general, the park is a valuable space for area residents to socialize, and locals often note that it is near impossible to walk through it in the warmer months without passing someone you know. Unlike other areas on this elevated section of Staten Island, Westerleigh is currently experiencing some new development. However, most of the homes in the neighborhood are Victorian style with wrap-around porches and small balconies on upper floors. Located on the North Shore close to the St. George Ferry Terminal, Westerleigh is an ideal home for workers commuting in the Manhattan, particularly those working in the downtown area. Public transportation is accessible via the s57, s62, s93, s66, s48 and the express busses x12, x42, x30 and the x14.

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