Great Kills, Staten Island (History)

neighborhoods_staten_island_great_kills_300x300Great Kills is a neighborhood within New York City’s borough of Staten Island. It is located on the island’s South Shore, and according to many local geographers, it is the South Shore’s northernmost community. It is bordered by Richmondtown to the north, Oakwood to the east, Eltingville to the west, and the Great Kills Harbor to the south.

Kill is an archaic Dutch word with various popular translations, including “creek” and “channel;” indeed, many small streams dot the neighborhood, and the name can be interpreted as meaning that a great number of such streams can be found there.

The ZIP Code for Great Kills is 10308.