If you’re native to Staten Island, or have lived here for some time, you’ve most certainly heard of Todt Hill, arguably, the most affluent neighborhood on the Island. Some of us may be fortunate enough to live here, but most of us just drive through it in awe, while using it as a shortcut to circumvent traffic.
It’s Not Your Average “Hill”
Todt Hill was formed from a 401-foot-tall hill of serpentine rock on Staten Island.
Did you know Todt Hill is the highest natural point throughout the five boroughs of New York City? What’s remarkable is that it’s also the highest elevation on the entire Atlantic coastal plain – from Florida to Cape Cod.
The summit of the ridge is largely covered in woodlands as part of the Staten Island Greenbelt, although much of the surrounding area is developed and residential.
According to the 2010 census, the demographics of Todt Hill were 80% non-Hispanic White, 1% Black, 11% Asian, and 1% Multiracial. Hispanics of any race made up 7% of the population. The median household income of the area is roughly $120,000. As of 2011, the population of the district is about 11,000 inhabitants. The population density was approximately 1,400 people per square kilometer.
Schools In The Area:
St. Ann Elementary
Michael J. Petrides School
Staten Island Technical School
Dining In The Area:
How Todt Hill Received Its Interesting Name
The name Todt comes from the German word for "dead.” While that’s typically not something you’d want to hear about the name of a neighborhood, it is believed to have come from its proximity to Moravian Cemetery, which opened in 1740 and is the island's largest, located on the southwestern foot of the ridge. Another theory is that the name was given by early Dutch settlers because of treeless rocky exposures on the hilltop caused by the soil of the Staten Island.
The Famous Architecture of Ernest Flagg
At the beginning of the 20th century, many houses on Todt Hill were designed by the famous architect Ernest Flagg, who had also lived there, himself. Now you know how “Flagg Place” got its name.
Parts of The Godfather were filmed on Todt Hill
Former New York Mets Relief Pitcher John Franco Has Called Todt Hill His Home For Years
Come on, now. . .
Even if you’re a New York Yankees fan, we can all agree that John Franco is a really nice guy!
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