Grymes Hill is a highly desirable residential area on Staten Island that marvels because of it's strategically placed and elegant estates. It also houses some of New York City’s most esteemed universities, known as Wagner College and Saint John’s University. Many of New York’s most recognized patrons have become notable alumni from these institutions and they are former governor Mario Cuomo, former MLB pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, Andrew Bailey and Paul Zindel, author and playwright; just to name a few. According to the Staten Island Historical Society, “The neighborhood took its name from Madame Suzette Grymes, who began buying property near the present-day intersection of Howard Avenue and Grymes Hill Road in 1836”.
The hill is 310 feet above sea level and is not only occupied by exclusive homes, but also consists of the Grymes Hill Apartments created by Fred Trump in the late 1940s. Moreover, Grymes Hill is home to the beautiful and private Notre Dame Academy Elementary and High School that runs from pre-k through the twelfth grade. The historic landmark, Casa Belvedere, recently purchased by the Rammarione Family in 2008; is a center for arts and culture. Grymes Hill has the best and most breathtaking vista of the New York Harbor and skyline. Not only is it one of the most enticing neighborhoods on the North Shore; it is in close proximity to the Staten Island Ferry and Saint George which has some of Staten Island’s best restaurants. Grymes Hill allure has been consistent throughout Staten Island’s vast history and has continued to hold its place in one of New York’s best kept secrets, the borough of Staten Island.