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Tompkins Circle

Tompkins Circle is a .131-acre green public space within a traffic circle in the Grymes Hill neighborhood of Staten Island, New York.[1] The circle is located in a section of the neighborhood historically known as Pavilion Hill.[2] At this traffic circle, the Tompkins Circle loop merges with Fiedler Avenue and Ward Avenue.[3]

Tompkins Circle is named in honor of prominent Staten Island resident Daniel D. Tompkins (1774-1825), who owned property in this neighborhood. A more recent resident of Ward Hill was Joe Marotta (1942-2008), a civic activist who served on several community planning boards and operated a pharmacy in Tompkinsville. Following his death in November 2008, a bench was dedicated at this park in his memory.[4]

References

  1. ^ Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. "Sheet No. 11. [Includes New Brighton, (St. George), Tompkinsville and New York Bay.]" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1906 - 1913. [digitalcollections.nypl.org]
  2. ^ Morris, Ira K. “Morris’ Memorial History of Staten Island” 1898, chapter on Pavilion Hill. [www.statenislandhistory.com]
  3. ^ [www.google.com]
  4. ^ “Street dedication for Joe Marotta” Staten Island Advance August 27, 2009 [www.silive.com]