Huguenot Ponds Park: Huguenot, Staten Island

Posted by Anthony Licciardello on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 1:53pm.

Before the mid-nineteenth century the neighborhood of Huguenot was originally known as Bloomingview.  Huguenot got hp9_400its name from the many Huguenots, members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France that had moved to the area.  The Huguenots were being prosecuted in France for not converting to Catholicism during the mid-to-late seventeenth century, so many of them fled to America.

By 1851, the Huguenots had established and built their first church in Bloomingview, called "The Brown Church" or "The Church of the Huguenots".  The church had caught on fire in 1918 and was rebuilt on the site that it sits on now, in 1924.  Today, this church is a New York City Landmark and is known as The Reformed Church of Huguenot Park.

By the mid-to-late 1800s, Bloomingview was becoming more of a popular area and the neighborhood's name was changed to Huguenot, for the early settlers of the area.  The Staten Island Railway had opened up a station in the area around 1860, and the Terra Marine Inn had opened up around 1908.  With the Terra Marine Inn open until 1923, they had many visitors,Huguenot, Staten Island which brought more attention to the area.

One of the aspects of the neighborhood that drew people to it was the charming woodlands.  Today, Huguenot still has some of the nice woodlands preserved as parks.  One of these woodland parks is known as Huguenot Ponds Park. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation obtained the land for this park in 1994.

Huguenot Ponds Park is about an acre and a half of land that is split into two separate parcels.  The bigger section of the park is bound by Comely Street, Huguenot Avenue, and Billiou Street. The smaller section is bound by Comely Street, between Huguenot Avenue, Kingdom Avenue, and Deisius Street.

Huguenot Ponds Park received its name simply for being Huguenot Pond treeslocated along Huguenot Avenue and for the two ponds that sit within the park.  The larger section of this park holds a freshwater pond, which takes up most of the area, while the smaller section of the park holds a small freshwater pond and some woods. Though Huguenot Ponds Park may be small, you will still be able to enjoy the natural habitat.

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