Tottenville is not only the southernmost neighborhood in New York City, it is the southernmost point of New York State. Dutch and English settlers colonized the peninsula at the confluence of Raritan Bay and Arthur Kill, beginning in the 1630s. After the Staten Island Railway reached its terminus here in 1860, a Victorian neighborhood emerged of Second Empire, Italianate and Greek Revival houses, many of which stand in leafy yards today. Historically, this was a bustling town of small industry, oystering and shipbuilding, with a Main Street oozing Americana, coursing through its center. The last of the six shipyards closed in the 1920s, the oyster beds were depleted and Tottenville settled into a quiet middle-class existence as one of New York City's most sparsely populated neighborhoods. In recent years, developers have discovered the salt air of Tottenville. Upscale luxury homes are taking their place alongside such landmarks as the Bethel United Methodist Church (1840) and the fieldstone Conference House that is the only pre-Revolutionary manor house in the city. Benjamin Franklin and John Adams met British Lord Howe here to try and stave off the coming war. The new energy has forced narrow, centuries-old streets into a one-way grid. Big-box retailers like Target and Modellâ€™s Sporting Goods have settled in among the quaint family businesses on Amboy Road and Main Street. There are a number of local eateries, such as Angelinaâ€™s Ristoranti, Reggianoâ€™s Brick Oven Pizza and Arena Steakhouse and Lounge, and some interesting shops like Antique Raiders and Traders. Thereâ€™s even a Tottenville tattoo parlor, called Ink Couture on Amboy Road. But still, buffered from the rest of Staten Island by North Mountain Loretto State Forest and Butler Manor Woods, old-fashioned life in Tottenville remains some of the least-hurried in New York City. Another draw for this neighborhood -- it is home to two of the cityâ€™s highest-ranking public schools: PS 1 and IS 34. Express and local buses connect Tottenville to Manhattan and the end of the line for the Staten Island Railway will receive a new station in 2015.
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