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Grymes Hill

Grymes Hill

Geography & History

Grymes Hill is a neighborhood, situated on a hill, which baers the same name. The east side of the hill is defined by Van Duzer Street and Richmond Road to the intersection with the Staten Island Expressway, which, with Clove Road, defines the southern side. On the west is Victory Boulevard. Some claim Cebra Avenue for the northern border, while others would stop at Louis Street.

The hill is named after Suzette Bosque Grymes, the widow of Louisiana's first governor, William Charles Cole Claiborne, who settled on Staten Island in 1836. Some caves extended beneath Grymes Hill from Van Duzer Street. Before Prohibition these were used for the production of beer. After Prohibition they were incorporated into a popular bar, at which a scene of the movie "Godfather" was shot.

Schools & Universities

Grymes Hill is best noted currently for being the home of two institutions of higher learning: Wagner College, and the Staten Island campus of St. John's University. The St. John's campus (16.5 acres) was originally a small Catholic women's institution, Notre Dame College, which closed in 1971, when St. Johns University took over the campus.

Also on the hill is Notre Dame Academy, a Roman Catholic elementary and high school for girls. Adjacent to (and owned by) Wagner College is the site of a former Roman Catholic high school, named Augustinian Academy after the order of monks who ran it; the school closed in 1969. Near the foot of the hill, on Foote Avenue, is P.S. 35 the Clove Valley School.


Grymes Hill is one of the more affluent neighborhoods in Staten Island. Much of it consists of private homes, but also included are the Grymes Hill Apartments, constructed circa 1951. These are 423 garden apartments along Howard Avenue and Arlo Road. Grymes Hill Manor Estates was built in 1953 as rental garden apartments, and switched to co-op status in 1983. It has 152 apartments centering on Seth Court, with some on other streets. Two high rise apartment buildings at the foot of Howard Avenue converted to condominiums following a major fire in one.

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