Grant City, Staten Island
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To the east of Grant City lies Midland Beach, and a high cliff to the west of Richmond Road separates Grant City from Todt Hill. New Dorp is situated immediately south of Grant City. Dongan Hills is situated to the north.
Originally known as Frenchtown, the community was renamed in honor of Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant soon after the conflict began, despite the fact that the war itself was so unpopular on Staten Island that the island was the scene of anti-draft riots in July 1863. Many of the streets are named after historical figures such as Lincoln Ave (after President Abraham Lincoln), Fremont Ave (after General John C. Fremont who was the first Republican candidate for president, as well as a Staten Island resident, in 1856), Adams Avenue (after President John Adams), Colfax Ave and Greeley Ave (after newspaper editor Horace Greeley). Many other streets were originally named after historical figures but those streets have been renamed.
Many small, one-family homes were built in Grant City in the 1950s, with a stronger growth spurt occurring after the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in November 1964 made access to the island from Brooklyn much easier. Today the neighborhood's population is heavily Italian-American by ethnicity and Roman Catholic by religion, and many of its residents were born in Brooklyn. Grant City and the neighborhoods surrounding it are also very conservative politically, with Republican Party candidates for most elected offices.
Description and reputation
Grant City, Staten Island is the start of the North shore, but it is technically East shore. The neighborhood itself is more urban then most of Staten Island. This urban neighborhood is one of the toughest neighborhoods on Staten Island and people do not realize it. This area is a very mixed culture with Hispanics, African Americans, Irish, etc. August 1990 an F0 tornado made its way north along Fremont Ave. in Grant City, toppling 100-plus year old trees and causing widespread damage.
Grant City is served by the S51/81 along Midland Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, the S74/84 and S76/86 along Richmond Road, and the S78 and S79 along Hylan Blvd. It is also served by express buses X1, X2, X3, and X9 along Hylan Blvd.
The Grant City station on the Staten Island Railway serves the community, and the station immediately to the north is located at and named Jefferson Avenue, this street generally regarded as the boundary between Grant City and neighboring Dongan Hills.
- "Cleanup Follows Path of Tornado on Staten Island". New York Times. 1990-08-12. Retrieved 2009-08-22.
- "Staten Island Bus Map January 2013" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. January 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2013.