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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Todt Hill



If you enjoy exploring New York City, then Todt Hill is a must. This residential hilltop neighborhood is certainly one of the most, if not the most, exclusive, secluded areas in the five boroughs of New York. Todt Hill, with an elevation of 410 feet, is the highest natural point on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States south of Maine.

Staten Island is also the least populous of New York's five boroughs, with under 500,000 residents. This much lower population density and its very hilly terrain create some very rural and remote feeling areas.

I love hill and mountain tops, and Todt Hill had been on my list for quite some time, having only passed through the area once before a long time ago. On this trip, I explored the backroads and (along with Forest Hills Gardens, Bayside, Queens and Dyker Heights, Brooklyn) found it to have some of the most extraordinary private homes in New York City - McMansions abound with topiary, bricked semicircular driveways, and fountains. See my photo gallery here.

Most of Staten Island has a decidedly suburban feel - driving there is more akin to nearby New Jersey than New York City, with much of the developed areas of the borough revealing a plethora of strip malls and other visual clutter.

Do not be misled, however. Staten Island has some of the most beautiful natural and historic environments in New York City - places like St. Andrews Church, historic Richmond Town, Snug Harbor, the Museum of Tibetan Art, the Kreischer Mansion, The Crimson Beech (residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright), yacht clubs, waterways and estuaries, the Latourette House (1836), Staten Island Botanical Garden, and the Fresh Kills landfill. This massive landfill, opened in 1947 and closed in 2001, has been cleaned up and is now undergoing development into a park larger than Central Park - plans include a bird-nesting island, boardwalks, soccer and baseball fields, bridle paths and a 5,000-seat stadium.

But, if like me, you really like lofty pursuits, head for Dongan Hills, Grymes Hill, Lighthouse Hill and Todt Hill :)


9 comments:

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Really interesting post. Had never heard of this neighborhood before. Collage is the perfect tool for showing a neighborhood. Guess I'm gonna have to learn Photoshop.

Jordan Sher said...

This blog is beyond awesome. I don't live in NYC anymore, but I'm still inexorably drawn to it nonetheless. Each post is romantic. Each post captures the emotions I felt for the place so long ago. Each post is totally brilliant.

I just wanna say thanks.

Maya said...

Thank God there's GoogleMaps, because I can somehow virtually visit places you describe. All this sitting in my home in Warsaw, Poland:)

Anonymous said...

No mention of grymes hill in S.I. - disappointing - best view in NYC

Steffe said...

Some very different homes in this area. You have to love that Egyptian design.

Brian Dubé said...

Anonymous - I read about Grymes Hill but did not go there specifically. I added it to my short list of hills. Next time I go to Staten Island, I will seek it out. Thanks.

Mirela said...

I knew there was a spot in NYC which was perfect for me... :)

Penguin Five said...

Great pictures! I like the one below the best. I will make sure to visit this next I go to NYC!

ZyIReMuSiC said...

Todt Hill Is Such A Marvelous Community Set At The Highest Peak In New York City. The Multi-Million Dollar Properties Are Loaded With Spectacular Amenities Fit For Absolute Prestigious Living. Todt Hill & All Its Splendor Is Truly A Remarkable Community. Thanks For Sharing The Photos. I"m From Annadale Another One Of The Island's Prestigious Communities. Happy Holidays. Stacey M.Singh