Tottenville has a strong Victorian era heritage, akin to neighborhoods on Staten Island’s North Shore. This is unique to this South Shore neighborhood, compared to the other South Shore areas, all of which were developed much later. Seven buildings in Tottenville have been honored with the Preservation League of Staten Island Award: 88 Bentley Street, 24 Brighton Street, 213 Wood Avenue, 115 Bentley Street, 7647 Amboy Road, 7639 Amboy Road, and the Tottenville Branch of the New York Public Library. 88 Bentley Street has even been photographed as an example of Staten Island’s carefully restored Victorian homes in “New York City – The Five Boroughs: A Photographic Tour” by Carol M. Highsmith and Ted Landphair, published 1997. In addition, the Old Church of St. Joachim and St. Anne (Staten Island, New York) was restored after a fire into a home for children.
January – April 2013