Dongan Hills and Dongan Hills Colony
The homes are quaint and the neighborhood is cozy and highly accessible to some of Staten Island’s oldest and most reliable businesses. Dongan Hills lies on the East Shore and was “one of the first Staten Island neighborhoods to witness an upsurge in home construction in the 1950s”. It was named after “Thomas Dongan, the Irish-born governor of the province of New York”. There is a section of Dongan Hills that is quite hilly and this is referred to as Dongan Hills Colony. This area borders Todt Hill and has some beautiful period piece homes mixed in with some of Staten Island’s newer and more desirable constructions.
The enclave is private and these hilltop properties are appealing. There are also some spacious lots for home buyers that want more land or would like to build a construction of their own. Dongan Hills is home to the Billou-Stillwell Perine House which is the oldest standing building on Staten Island. The structure is owned by Historic Richmondtown and open to the public on the weekends. Some of the schools in the area are PS 52, Saint Margaret Mary’s, SI Catholic Schools Office, Saint Christopher’s School, and New Dorp High School. It is also home to one of New York City’s oldest taverns known as Lee’s Tavern, which has some of the city’s best thin crust pizza. Dongan Hills has some of the nicest and most affordable living in Staten Island.