Huguenot, Staten Island

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Huguenot Avenue (August 2006)
Huguenot Church, early 20th century

Huguenot is a neighborhood on the South Shore of Staten Island, New York City. Originally named "Bloomingview", it was later named for the Huguenots, led by Daniel Perrin, who settled in the area during the late 17th and early 18th centuries to escape religious persecution. Huguenot is bordered by Arden Heights to the north, Woodrow to the west, Prince's Bay to the south, and Annadale to the east. The neighborhood is represented in the New York City Council by Joe Borelli, who was born and raised there. Huguenot is represented in the New York State Senate by Andrew Lanza and in the New York State Assembly by Michael Reilly

History[edit]

The community was named after French Protestants fleeing persecution in Catholic-dominated France who settled in the area in the 17th century, and formed one of the first permanent settlements on Staten Island.[1]

The Huguenot station along the Staten Island Railway opened when the railroad was extended to Tottenville in 1860.[2][3] This station was given the name "Huguenot Park", even though no park was actually located nearby, and by 1971 the word "Park" had been dropped.[citation needed] The name survives in the Huguenot Park branch of the New York Public Library was opened one block west of the station.[4]

Religion[edit]

The local Roman Catholic parish, Our Lady Star of the Sea, is one of the largest parishes on the South Shore, and has experienced overcrowding problems for many years because of the rapid boom of new residents in the area.[5]

Library[edit]

New York Public Library, Huguenot Park branch

The New York Public Library (NYPL) operates the Huguenot Park branch at 830 Huguenot Avenue, near the intersection with Drumgoole Road East. The branch opened in January 1985, replacing what was once the smallest New York Public Library building just east of the station (still standing). The Huguenot Park branch was possibly named in honor of the nearby Staten Island Railway station's former name.[4]

Transportation[edit]

Huguenot is served by the Staten Island Railway at the Huguenot station. Huguenot is also served by the S55 and S56 local buses on Luten Avenue, and the S59 and S78 local buses on Hylan Boulevard. Express bus service is provided by the SIM2 along Huguenot Avenue and Woodrow Road, the SIM8 along Woodrow Road, the SIM25 along Foster Road, and the SIM24 along Huguenot Avenue.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Huguenots have long Staten Island history". Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  2. ^ Pitanza, Marc (2015). Staten Island Rapid Transit Images of Rail. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4671-2338-9.
  3. ^ Roess, Roger P.; Sansome, Gene (2013). The Wheels That Drove New York: A History of the New York City Transit System. New York, New York: Springer Science+Business Media. p. 225. ISBN 978-3-642-30484-2. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "About the Huguenot Park Library". The New York Public Library. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "Our Lady Star of the Sea — Archdiocese of New York". olssparish.org. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Staten Island Bus Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. August 2018. Retrieved August 18, 2018.

Coordinates: 40°32′14″N 74°11′40″W / 40.53722°N 74.19444°W / 40.53722; -74.19444