Meiers Corners, Staten Island (History)

neighborhoods_staten_island_meiers_corners_300x300Meiers Corners is a neighborhood on Staten Island, one of the five boroughs of New York City, USA.

 

HISTORY

The area is named for a prominent 18th-Century Dutch resident named Joachim Meier, who lived at the Martling-Cozine House — one of the oldest private homes still standing on Staten Island until it was demolished in 1981. The house stood near the corner of Watchogue Road and Bradley Avenue.

South of Victory Boulevard, the altitude gradually increases, and the south end of the neighborhood is situated on a high plateau (sometimes referred to as Manor Heights) where can be found Susan Wagner High School; opened in 1968, the school is named for the wife of former New York City mayor Robert Wagner, and was built to meet the increased demand for classroom space caused by the population growth that accompanied the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge a few years earlier — growth that has seen Staten Island’s population skyrocket from 212,020 in 1957 to 459,737 by 2003.

 

DEMOGRAPHICS

The area along Bradley Avenue has the highest percentage of Asians on Staten Island, at roughly 24% of the population.