Dongan Hills (Staten Island Railway station)

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Dongan Hills
Staten Island Railway rapid transit station
Dongan Hills SIR jeh.JPG
Southbound platform
Station statistics
Address Seaview Avenue & North Railroad Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10304
Borough Staten Island
Locale Dongan Hills
Coordinates 40°35′20″N 74°05′45″W / 40.5890°N 74.0959°W / 40.5890; -74.0959Coordinates: 40°35′20″N 74°05′45″W / 40.5890°N 74.0959°W / 40.5890; -74.0959
Services SIR Main Line
Structure Embankment
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened April 23, 1860[1]
Rebuilt 1933
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Former/other names Garretson's
Station succession
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Staten Island Railway   Following station
toward St. George
Main Line
Main Line
Handicapped/disabled access

Dongan Hills is a Staten Island Railway station in the neighborhood of Dongan Hills, Staten Island, New York.


The station opened on April 23, 1860, with the opening of the Staten Island Railway from Vanderbilt's Landing to Eltingville.[1][2]

The station's original name was Garretson's, named after the original name of the neighborhood of the same name. The station's name changed after the neighborhood was renamed Dongan Hills. The name Garretson still can be found as there is a street that goes through the[3][4] Both names appeared on the October 16, 1921 timetable.[5]

Station layout[edit]

Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound Main toward Tottenville (Jefferson Avenue)
Northbound Main toward St. George (Old Town)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Handicapped/disabled access (Ramps on both sides of the station)
Parking lot and station house

It is located on an embankment at Seaview Avenue and Railroad Avenue on the main line. It has two side platforms and beige canopies.

This station is handicapped accessible in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; with ramps at the south end that lead to Seaview Avenue. The marble wall at street level on the south end is a legacy of when the line was converted from grade level to the current embankment level today. The grade separation took place in 1933. The staircases at the north end lead to Garretson Avenue. Free parking is available on a small lot adjacent to the northbound platform, which is owned by the MTA, the agency that controls the rail line. The brick stationhouse is unusually positioned on the northbound side at platform level, unlike other SIR stationhouses which are usually located on street level. The Dongan Hills stationhouse had a ticket booth and benches until 1987, and then a vending machine for tokens until July 1997.

South of this station, there is an additional third track that once served a coal distributor. Grates between the rails led to chutes which now open into the backyards of homes that run alongside the embankment.


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