On Staten Island's North Shore, you can find the neighborhood of Park Hill. This neighborhood is close to the eastern shore, right above the Staten Island Expressway. Within the neighborhood are a few parks-one of which is Sobel Court Park.
Before this neighborhood was known as Park Hill, it was called Fox Hills after Lewis Henry Meyer's estate. Lewis H. Meyer was one of the founders of the Staten Island Savings Bank and was their President for ten years. When he bought his property on Staten Island, he built a nice estate that he named Fox Hill Manor, after his love of fox hunting.
Sobel Court Park stretches between Vanderbilt Avenue and Bowen Street and is located between Roff Street and Sobel Court. Prior to this land becoming a park, Mayor Giuliani had an archaeological study done of the area in 1995. At the conclusion of this study,nothing of great importance was found at the site.
The New York City Division of Citywide Administrative Services transferred the park over to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation in two parcels of land. The first parcel of land was transferred over in 1997 and the second was transferred in 1998, making the park about one acre in size. The naming of this park came from one of the streets that this park sits between: Sobel Court.
Today, the park is a combination of a passive park and a playground. The Vanderbilt Avenue entrance of the park brings you to the passive park side. This part has some open grass areas with trees planted all around and paths to walk through the park to the other side. The Bowen Street entrance of the park brings you to the playground area. The playground area just has a play unit with some benches around it and it is fenced in with an iron gate.