Todt Hill

Todt Hill is a 401-foot-tall (122 m) hill formed of serpentine rock on Staten Island, New York. It is the highest natural point in the five boroughs of New York City and the highest elevation on the entire Atlantic coastal plain from Florida to Cape Cod. The ridge’s summit is largely covered in woodlands as part of the Staten Island Greenbelt, although much of the surrounding area is developed and residential. It is considered one of the most exclusive and most expensive areas of Staten Island.

Todt comes from the German word “Tod” for “dead.” It may refer to the cemetery (the present Moravian Cemetery, opened in 1740 and now the island’s largest cemetery) on the southwestern foot of the ridge near the town of New Dorp that has been in use since colonial days. An alternate explanation is that early Dutch settlers gave the name because of treeless rocky exposures on the hilltop caused by the soil of the Staten Island Serpentinite locality.  At the beginning of the 20th century, many houses designed by the architect Ernest Flagg were built. A significant part of Todt Hill is now included in the Staten Island Greenbelt.

The term Todt Hill is now often used to include the upscale developments in the hills along the eastern side of the ridge, which most island geographers classify as part of the neighborhood of Dongan Hills.  Two small, natural ponds are found on Todt Hill, and a Roman Catholic priory is located near the summit. Staten Island Academy, a private school, moved its campus to Todt Hill in the 1960s. There is a golf course adjoining the Moravian Cemetery, each of which has an artificial pond. Otherwise, the hill is either parkland or private homes. There is no public transit available on Todt Hill, and most of the streets, including Todt Hill Road, the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, lack sidewalks.  The point of highest elevation point is the unmarked rise in the street level at the intersection of Delamere Road and Chapin Avenue. H&A Power Washing Staten Island

Todt Hill consists of the two census tracts, 177 and 181, although census tract 177 incorporates part of Emerson Hill. According to the 2010 census, the demographics of Todt Hill were 80% non-Hispanic White, 1% Black, 11% Asian, and 1% Multiracial. Hispanics of any race made up 7% of the population. The median household income in the area is roughly $120,000. Todt Hill is one of Staten Island’s most affluent areas.  As of 2011, the district houses about 11,000 inhabitants. The population density was approximately 1,400 people per square kilometer.

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