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Pleasant Plains, Staten Island

Pleasant Plains is a neighborhood located on Staten Island, one of the five boroughs of New York City, New York, the most populous city in the United States. It is bordered by Woodrow to the north, the Lower New York Bay to the south, Richmond Valley to the west, and Prince's Bay to the east.

"Welcome To Pleasant Plains" sign (Amboy Rd. Facing south, corner of Pleasant Plains Ave.; August 2007).
View looking north across Mount Loretto Unique Area with church in distance (July 2008).

Situated on the island's South Shore, Pleasant Plains has a population of 5,000 according to the 2000 census. It was named by officials of the Staten Island Railroad Corporation, the original owners of what is now known as the MTA Staten Island Railway. When the railroad line was extended to Tottenville in 1860, a station crossing Amboy Road approximately two miles north of Tottenville was named Pleasant Plains. Eventually, the name "Pleasant Plains" was applied to the community which soon sprung up around the station.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Transportation 2
  • Education 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

In 1882, a 120-acre (0.49 km2) farm southeast of the railroad station was purchased from the Bennett family by the Reverend

  • / St. Elizabeth's Building

External links

  1. ^ Mission of the Immaculate Virgin at Mt Loretto
  2. ^ / Geology of Staten Island, College of Staten Island
  3. ^ / Lighthouse Friends. Com
  4. ^  
  5. ^ "Staten Island Bus Map January 2013" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. January 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ Fioravante, Janice. "If You're Thinking of Living In/Charleston, Staten Island; Neighborhood That Grew From a Clay Pit." The New York Times. June 2, 2002. Retrieved on September 20, 2012.

References

See also

The main campus of South Richmond High School, a special education school, is in Pleasant Plains.[6]

The New York City Department of Education operates public schools.

Education

It is served by the S55 bus on Amboy Road and Bloomingdale Road. It is also served by numerous express buses to and from Manhattan. The X17 and X22 serve Amboy Road and Bloomingdale Road. The X22A serves Amboy Road and Drumgoogle Road.[5]

Pleasant Plains is served by the Staten Island Railway station of the same name near Amboy Road/Bloomingdale Road.

Transportation

The commercial core of this community centers around the intersection of Bloomingdale Road, Amboy Road and Pleasant Plains Avenue. Like many of the South Shore's old commercial cores, it is experiencing a mild, yet noticeable rebirth.

In 2004 a 12-acre (49,000 m²) tract at the northeastern corner of the mission's property, which had been the site of a convent maintained by the Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, a Franciscan order of nuns, was sold to residential developers for US$19 million, despite steadfast opposition from local conservation activists. Part of the mission property became the Mount Loretto Unique Area.[4]

In 1973, the Church of St. Joachim and St. Anne was destroyed by fire. The exterior of this church was used in the baptism scene from The Godfather the year before.

In 1978, 126 acres (510,000 m²) on the north side of the property were converted into the Cemetery of the Resurrection by the church's Archdiocese of New York, which needed to open a new cemetery on Staten Island as most of the burial plots at the island's existing Catholic cemeteries had already been used.

The park contains 85 ft (26 m). high red clay bluffs overlooking Prince’s Bay, part Outer New York Harbor,they are part of the terminal moraine the southern terminous of the Wisconsin Glacier which receded 10,000 yrs. ago.[2] They are the tallest ocean-facing bluffs in New York State. On the highest section of these bluffs The Prince's Bay Lighthouse was built in 1864. The lighthouse has attached living quarters.[3]

A 194-acre (0.79 km2) parcel of land south of Hylan Blvd. was sold to The State of New York. The park named, "The Mount Loretto Unique Area" is maintained by the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation. The state park adjoins Lemon Creek Park, which is partially in Pleasant Plains. The Pleasant Plains' portion includes a fishing pier at the foot of Sharrotts Ave.

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