West Brighton

West Brighton: Situated along Staten Island’s North Shore, West Brighton borders New Brighton to the east, Port Richmond to the west, the waters of the Kill Van Kull to the north, and neighborhoods like Silver Lake, Westerleigh and Castleton corners to the south. The neighborhood is roughly defined as the area around and to the northeast of Clove Road and Forest Avenue.

Barking Palace

Barking Palace

Located at 445 Forest Avenue in the West Brighton section of Staten Island, Barking Palace for Paws & Claws is a full service pet grooming facility that services both canines and felines.

Barking Palace provides general services such as Brush and Tidy and Full Grooming, along with specialty services that include ear care, tear stain remover, tick treatment, deodorizing treatment, “pawdicures” and mini-makeovers.

Offering salon packages, pamper and refresh packages, as well as many services for cats, Barking Palace is there to provide experienced and professional pet care for your four-legged companion.

For more information call (347) 825-2820, email info@barkingpalaceny.com or visit their website

McDonald Playground


McDonald Playground, which is maintained by the New York City Parks Department, is located along Forest Avenue in the West Brighton section of Staten Island. Specifically, you can find it between Broadway and North Burgher Avenue, with another way to access the park along Myrtle Avenue.

This playground honors Austin J. McDonald, a New York City resident who was killed in the line of duty during World War I. It is one of nine playgrounds built by the Parks Department through a war memorial fund that were simultaneously opened on July 15, 1934.

The park is equipped with basketball courts, bathrooms, playground structures, spray showers, and handball courts. The park is also a part of Mayor DeBlasio’s Community Parks Initiative—a multi-faceted program that will invest in under-resourced public parks located within New York City’s densely populated and growing neighborhoods. For more information, click here.


Li Greci’s Staaten

Li Greci’s Staaten
Located at 697 Forest Avenue, Li Greci’s Staaten (otherwise known as, The Staaten) is perhaps West Brighton’s most popular catering hall. Offering elegance, excellent service and exquisite cuisine, The Staaten hosts a wide variety of parties, including weddings, anniversaries, Christenings, communions, bar&bat mitzvahs, sweet 16’s, award dinners, fundraisers, funeral luncheons and more. Operated by the Li Greci family for over 50 years, The Staaten offers a variety of private rooms that can accommodate up to 350 people.

For more information, visit their website or call 718-448-6000.

Duffy’s Tavern


Duffy’s Tavern: Located in West Brighton at 650 Forest Avenue, Duffy’s Tavern is a local favorite- offering a snug, friendly old-fashioned pub atmosphere. Known specifically for its famous burger, Duffy’s Tavern recently won the Staten Island Advance’s Readers Choice Poll for “Best Burger” on Staten Island. Offering up simple pub food, Duffy’s will not disappoint, especially when it comes to the burgers and crispy crinkle-cut fries, as well as house specials like pot roast and layered sandwiches. For more information, visit the pub on Yelp or call 718-447-9276.

Jody’s Club Forest


Jody’s Club Forest: Located at 372 Forest Avenue, Jody’s Club Forest is perhaps one of the most popular watering holes in the West Brighton neighborhood of Staten Island’s North Shore. Established in 1976, local residents enjoy the warm friendly atmosphere and home cooked meals. Jody’s offers a variety of both bar food and scrumptious entrees. Bottom line: if you’re in the area looking for a delicious and hearty meal, a cold beer, and a welcoming atmosphere that feels like home, Jody’s Club Forest is the place to visit. For more information, visit them on Yelp or call 718-727-6338.

Beans & Leaves Café


Located at 422 Forest Avenue in the heart of West Brighton, Beans & Leaves Café offers a wide range of coffee, loose teas, espresso based beverages, cocoas and assorted specialty drinks. They also offer short breads, homemade biscotti, waffles, soups, quiches and an assortment of sweets like cake pops, muffins and cookies. A wide range of non-dairy options as well as vegan and gluten free treats meet a variety of dietary needs and preferences- the options are endless!

Most importantly, Beans & Leaves provides a down-to-earth atmosphere where customers feel right at home and the service is second to none. Established in 2012, Beans & Leaves has already become a “local hangout” not only because they provide a great product, but because of the friendly, helpful, attentive, and hardworking staff that makes every experience a memorable one. For more information, visit their website or call 718-448-0276.

Staten Island Broadway YMCA


Located at 651 Broadway in the West Brighton section of Staten Island’s North Shore, the Broadway YMCA offers a variety of different services to residents and families. From pre-school to youth, teens, adults and families, all of the YMCA’s programs are grounded in their core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Currently, the YMCA offers programs in the areas of music, dance, art, fitness, health, leadership, counseling and many other areas. The Broadway site also offers Universal Pre-K and toddler programs, aquatics programs, summer camp programs and a wide range of services.

For more information, call (718) 981-4933 or visit http://www.ymcanyc.org/broadway

Staten Island ZOO


Located in the West Brighton section of Staten Island’s North Shore, the Staten Island Zoo is a 8-acre zoo operated by the Staten Island Zoological Society. Currently, the zoo houses over 438 animals of over 206 different species. Among the zoo’s current exhibits is the African Savannah at Twilight, the Children’s Zoo and Kids’ Korral, and a vat collection of snakes and reptiles housed in the zoo’s Serpentarium. The zoo is also the home of Staten Island Chuck, a groundhog who is the official Groundhog Day forecaster for New York City. New attractions to the zoo include the Conservation Carousel and the brand new Amur Leopard habitat. The zoo also houses the horses used by the Parks Department Enforcement Patrol Officers for patrolling the parks and woods of Staten Island.

The Zoo is accessible by public transportation via the S48 and S53 bus routes. For more information, visithttp://www.statenislandzoo.org/.



Better: Opening their third location at 400 Forest Avenue, this sleek and modern gourmet health kitchen offers its customers with healthier food by swapping out unhealthy ingredients and replacing them with low-fat, fat-free and sugar-free options. They also grill, steam or bake their food instead of frying it, and all of their meals are prepared with the freshest ingredients and are made to order.

Better prides itself on offering healthy food at reasonable prices, without sacrificing taste. Customers don’t have to give up their favorite dishes either. By using healthier ingredients and preparing their dishes in a healthier way, Better is able to provide customers with meals that are, well, better for you.

The menu at Better consists of a variety of different food items including breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees, salads, wraps, smoothies, soups and more. Better can also make custom orders for individuals with special diets (like vegan or vegetarian) and has gluten-free options as well. Having menu items for kids, a catering menu, as well as eat-in, take-out or delivery options, there are a number of ways to enjoy what Better has to offer.

For more information, visit www.justeatbetter.com.

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