West Brighton is one of Staten Island’s oldest and most beautiful areas. Located on the ‘North Shore’ of Staten Island, it is bordered by New Brighton, Port Richmond, Castleton Corners and the Kill Van Kull (water). The homes is West Brighton are some of the most historic due to most of the homes being built in the 1920’s & 30’s. Most of these Colonial & Victorian homes, are some of the most well built homes on Staten Island. The area is very favorable towards first time home buyers and affordability of the homes. There are some wonderful older stately properties, that unfortunately some have been torn down for new construction. While some might not like that (myself included), it allows more buyers to come into the neighborhood and give a nice mix of older and new properties for prospective buyers to choose from.

West Brighton features some wonderful shopping opportunities along Forest Avenue. There are various supermarkets, delis, and specialty stores that can satisfy even the most pickiest shopper. It also has some of the best taverns on Staten Island. Jody’s Club Forest is a West Brighton staple that has recently expanded their dining facilities to an accompanying storefront. It is a great location to bring your family too, as its priced reasonably and has delicious food. Down the street, Duffy’s is a local tavern that is well known across the North Shore for their hamburgers, which are out of this world. Cafe Milano is a nice Italian restaurant a block away from Jody’s, that is delicious and has many of your normal Italian favorites. Pronto Pizza, which I talked about in my Best Pizza Places on Staten Island Blog Post, is also in West Brighton.

There are a lot of wonderful things to see and do in this area. The Staten Island Zoo is located in the Heart of West Brighton, as is Snug Harbor Cultural Center. Silver Lake Golf Course goes into a lot of different areas, but is close by. Clove Lakes Park and Silver Lake Park are also close by, with Silver Lake Park having a dog park for those looking for a place where they can enjoy the outdoors with their pets.

The main transportation options here are local buses that go to the Ferry, as well as some Express buses that travel directly into Manhattan.

The schools that most children attend in this area are as follows:

PS 19, PS 45, & PS 18

IS 27

Curtis High School & St. Peter’s Boys High School

Colleges are the 3 Staten Island Colleges: College of Staten Island, St. John’s University & Wagner College

It is also home to one of Staten Island’s two hospitals, Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC). It is the old St. Vincent’s Medical Center (which is what a lot of ‘old time’ Staten Islanders call it, myself included) and has gone through quite a number of renovations throughout the years. Not only was the writer born in ‘the old St. Vincent’s’, but my kids was all born there as well. Many other North Shore residents have the similar story to mine.

The sense of community is this area is second to none. It is never more evident than on St. Patrick’s day, with a wonderful parade that goes down Forest Avenue and brings numerous people from different neighborhoods to West Brighton. For that day, everyone is Irish. The Annual St. Patrick’s Parade along Forest Avenue is one of West Brighton’s most famous staples.

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