is a name increasingly applied to the western part of Annadale
, a neighborhood located on the South Shore
of Staten Island, New York
, USA. The name "Arden Heights" is found on most maps of New York City, including Hagstrom's.
, a noted Staten Island real estate developer, coined the name "Arden Heights" in 1886; the neighborhood's name probably refers to the hill that currently looms above the Village Greens shopping center and housing development. (The moniker does not refer to the now-shuttered Fresh Kills Landfill
, at the western end of Arden Avenue. The landfill did not exist until the mid-20th Century.)
Long noted for being the site of St. Michael's Home For Children, a Roman Catholic orphanage
, Arden Heights underwent a serious transformation when the aforementioned Village Greens, New York City's first planned urban development
, opened there in 1971. Ground was broken for the project by Mayor John V. Lindsay
, who in the late 1960s proudly announced that travel time from the Greens to Lower Manhattan
would average one hour 15 minutes – just about the same when taking a bus in 2007.
The Greens feature clustered townhomes built around looped streets – one way in, one way out. Off the main thoroughfares of Arden Avenue and Arthur Kill Road, these streets – Hampton Green, Forest Green, Dover Green and Carlyle Green – provides a relatively traffic-free environment and ample parking, making Village Greens a... Read More