About Midland Beach, Staten Island
When you walk along the two-and-a-half mile Franklin Delano Roosevelt Boardwalk from South Beach, you will eventually come to Midland Beach, a beach in a neighborhood which bears the same name. The neighborhood itself is bordered by the Lower New York Bay and the neighborhoods Grant City, South Beach, and New Dorp.
During the 19th century, Midland Beach and its neighboring beaches were very popular summer resorts. While South Beach had its Happyland Amusement Park, Midland Beach was popular more for sunbathing and swimming. It opened in 1896, with accessibility by trolley from Grant City. Excursion boats would also run directly from Manhattan or Newark, NJ to Midland Beach.
Along with the other beach resorts, there were many hotels in Midland Beach during the 1800s and 1900s. These hotels were convenient for visitors and vacationers looking to enjoy the beach. Bandstands would accommodate the concerts held at the beach while Midland Beach's casino offered Vaudevillian entertainment. Quite often, films would be shown on an outdoor screen. These features all lined the boardwalk, which stretched from Midland Beach to South Beach. In addition, there was a Ferris wheel and fishing pier on the beach.
During the 1920's, many fires broke out along the beachfront, inevitably destroying the features that had drawn thousands of people to the beach each day. In 1935, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk was built, in hopes of bringing people back to the once-beloved beach. Now, the beach is equipped with a bicycle/roller-skating path along the boardwalk, playgrounds, handball courts, concession stands, sprinklers, and a kayak/canoe launch site.
Several blocks from the beach, you have Midland Field, surrounded by Mason Avenue, Bedford Avenue, Boundary Avenue, and Midland Avenue. The park contains two baseball fields, basketball courts, a football field, four handball courts, a playground, and a soccer field. Across Midland Avenue, there is the Midland Playground, which is surrounded by Lincoln Avenue, Mason Avenue, Poultney Street, and Midland Avenue. In 1993, renovations were completed, which added new sprinklers, drainage systems, safe play equipment, benches, and more. A few years later, guide rails and a steel fence were installed. Throughout the year, soccer classes are also held at Midland Field.
Parallel to the boardwalk at Midland Beach is Father Capodanno Boulevard. Along this street, you will find bus stops for the s51, which runs from Grant City to St. George along Bay Street. There are also stops by Midland Field and Playground on Midland Avenue. Further north, you will find bus stops for the s78 and s79. They run from St. George to the Bricktown Mall, and the Staten Island Mall to Bay Ridge, respectively. Each runs along Hylan Boulevard. Furthermore, along Hylan Boulevard are the Manhattan-bound buses, the x4, x5, x7, and x8. In the nearby Grant City neighborhood, you have a train station at Lincoln Avenue and North Railroad Avenue.
Considering how small the community of Midland Beach is, there are few schools in the neighborhood. However, there are many in the surrounding neighborhoods which serve Midland Beach's children, as well. You have a few public schools: P.S. 52 at 450 Buel Avenue, P.S. 41 at 216 Clawson Street, and P.S. 11 at 50 Jefferson Street. The closest intermediate school is I.S. 2 at 333 Midland Avenue, with the high schools being Farrell High School at 2900 Amboy Road and New Dorp High School at 465 New Dorp Lane. In addition, you have the Wonder Years Preschool at 389 Seaver Avenue and St. Margaret Mary School at 1128 Olympia Boulevard.