Grymes Hill

Grymes Hill is a North Shore neighborhood, which happens to be situated upon a hill by the same name. The Grymes Hill area is bordered on the west by Victory Boulevard, on the north by Cebra Avenue and the south by Clove Road. Van Duzer Street and Richmond Road to the intersection of the Staten Island Expressway represent the final border.
Named after Suzette Bosque Grymes, widow of the first governor of Louisiana who settled on Staten Island in 1836, Grymes Hill offers some of the most spectacular views of the Lower New York Bay and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. It is the second highest point on Staten Island (Todt Hill being the highest), and is known for being the home of two post-secondary institutions: Wagner College and the Staten Island campus of St. John’s University.
Much of Grymes Hill consists of private homes, many dating from the 1920’s, but there are also several apartment buildings and garden apartments in the area.

Hero Park


Located along Victory Boulevard, Louis Street and Howard Avenue in the Grymes Hill neighborhood of Staten Island, Hero Park honors the 144 Staten Island soldiers who died in World War 1. In the center of the park rests a large boulder nicknamed Sugar Loaf Rock, the plaque is engraved with the names of the deceased Staten Island servicemen. Currently, a dedicatory plaque reads, “This Hero Park and Memorial is Lovingly Dedicated to the Memory of the Splendid Sons of Staten Island who so Nobly Gave their Lives in the World War, 1917-1918.” The three-acre park is also decorated with 144 evergreen trees, each serving as an individual memorial to the fallen Staten Islanders.

Learn more about Hero Park’s history, here.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Church

Our Lady of Good Counsel School

Our Lady of Good Counsel Church is a Roman Catholic church in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located at 10 Austin Place, Staten Island.

The Our Lady of Good Counsel parish church and school was founded in 1898 by the Augustinian friars. The original building, which the school is now housed in, was dedicated in 1899.
In the 1960’s the parish outgrew the church. A new church was constructed and completed in 1968. The contemporary-style church of red-brown brick and bluestone flooring, seats 700 people. The exterior has a 60-foot-tall bell tower with an electronic carillon that plays hymns on special occasions. Geographically, the location of the church is somewhat controversial- some say it is located in Tompkinsville, while others claim it rests in Grymes Hill. Nevertheless, parishioners represent many North Shore neighborhoods. Masses are offered daily, with masses offered in Spanish on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.

You can visit their website for more information.

Our Lady of Good Counsel School

Our Lady of Good Counsel Church

Our Lady of Good Counsel School is affiliated with Our Lady of Good Council Church, and is located at 42 Austin Place. The school is a Catholic parish elementary school of the Augustinian tradition. It offers Pre-K through Grade 8 education, sports teams, and other extracurricular activities such as cub scouts and boy scouts, girl scouts and brownies. Our Lady of Good Counsel also offers religious education classes starting in grade Pre-K.

Visit their official website for more information.

Notre Dame Academy


Located on a 13-acre campus at 78-78 Howard Avenue in Grymes Hill, Notre Dame Academy is a private Catholic girls’ school consisting of an elementary school (Pre-K- 8) and a high school (9-12). Notre Dame serves approximately 700 students and provides an education in the Catholic tradition while being open to girls of all faiths.

Notre Dame Academy was founded in 1903 after Mr. William Miller-Jones traveled to Montreal to ask the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame to come and start a school on Staten Island. The school opened in September 1903 and was called the Academy of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.

Notre Dame Academy High School offers a college preparatory liberal arts and STEM (science technology, engineering, mathematics) curriculum. In addition to fulfilling the requirements for a Regents diploma with Advanced Designation, students also have the opportunity to take a selection of Advanced Placement courses and earn college credits through its affiliation with a nearby University. Students are offered an array of electives, activities and athletic teams.

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St. John’s University


Located at 300 Howard Ave and overlooking the scenic New York Bay atop of Grymes Hill, St. John’s University is a private, Roman Catholic, coeducational university serving over 2,000 students who are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Founded by the Congregation of the Mission in 1870, the school was originally located in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Beginning in the 1950s, the school relocated to its current location to Utopia Parkway in Hillcrest, Queens. St. John’s has a total of six campuses: Hillcrest, Staten Island, Manhattan, Rome, Oakdale, NY and a Paris campus.

The Staten Island campus offers students 16.5-acres of rolling and wooded lawns, apartment-style student residences and a variety of architectural styles. The site of the Grymes Hill campus was originally purchased in the early 20th Century by immigrant John Gans. For over thirty years between 1930 and 1970 the estate became the home of Notre Dame College, a premier women’s college on Staten Island. In 1971, Notre Dame College consolidated with St. John’s University and the Staten Island campus of SJU became a reality, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, business and education.

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Wagner College

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Located at 1 Campus Road in the Grymes Hill neighborhood of Staten Island, Wagner College is a private, co-educational, liberal arts college with approximately 2,100 students enrolled. The college was originally founded in 1883 in Rochester, New York as a seminary to train Lutheran ministers. In 1886, it became the Wagner Memorial Lutheran College after a buildingin Rochester was purchased for its use by John G. Wagner in memory of his son. The college moved to the 38-acre former Cunard estate on Grymes Hill in 1918.

Wagner offers several undergraduate degrees in the arts and sciences as well as some pre-professional courses of study. The most popular undergraduate majors at Wagner are Biological Sciences, Business, Psychology, Sociology and Theater. The college offers various academic and athletic scholarships and competes at the NCAA Division I level in all intercollegiate athletics.The college also offers public theater performances by their nationally ranked theater program and an art gallery (Union Gallery) open to the public that features works from students, faculty and alumni.

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Casa Belvedere


Casa Belvedere is located at 79 Howard Avenue, in the Grymes Hill neighborhood of Staten Island. Originally constructed in 1908 as a mansion, Casa Belvedere is now a cultural center devoted to preserving, promoting and celebrating Italian heritage. Meaning “house with a beautiful view,” Casa Belvedere lives up to its name as it boasts some of the most spectacular views of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the New York City Harbor. Over the years it has housed many families, and for several years it was the official residence of the President of Wagner College. In 2006, it was declared a New York City Landmark as the Louis A. and Laura Stirn House. In 2008, the building was purchased by Gina Biancardi and Luciano Rammaironi, and turned into a cultural center. Currently, it hosts Italian language classes for both adults and children, and offers other Italian-oriented events including wine tastings, lectures, films, cooking lessons, book signings, displays and art exhibits. For more information, visit

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