History Close to Jersey

This is the southernmost tip of Staten Island- that is, the part that’s closer to New Jersey than it is to Manhattan. It got its name in 1869 in honor of the prominent Totten family. (This family’s tombstones can be found in the Bethel Methodist Church here.) After its colonization, Tottenville became an important waypoint for travelers headed to Philadelphia. In those days, they took a small ferry, which went out of commission some time after the Outerbridge Crossing was built.

The neighborhood’s most well known point of interest is the Conference House, a historical building so named because of its role as a discussion site during the Revolutionary War. It remains a popular place to tour or host events. In fact, many of the 19th century structures built in Tottenville are still standing; they are closely associated with Victorian architecture. This makes the area unique for that section of Staten Island- the houses are more modern in its other southern neighborhoods.

Tottenville represents the final terminus of the Staten Island Railway, and is in fact the southernmost railway station in the entire State of New York. Aside from its rich history, Tottenville also harbors a branch of the New York Public Library, several Catholic parishes, and restaurants such as Ciro’s Pizzeria and Z-Two to satisfy whatever craving you have.


Conference House, Victorian architecture, Ralph's Ices

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