Grasmere although crossed by major roads has retained its quiet suburban character. The area and adjoining Concord was dotted with lakes and ponds similar to the English Lake District village of Grasmere. The name is often attributed to Sir Roderick Cameron, an American resident of Canadian descent who was knighted by Queen Victoria. The neighborhood has always been one of the most prestigious communities on Staten Island, with the zone around Brady's Pond being particularly affluent.
John P. Lightning, legendary former pirate radio personality and longtime host of Radio NewYork International, lives in Grasmere, where his 11L network has its studio, offices and vast music and video archive. 11L/RNI programming originates live from Grasmere.