Silver Lake, Staten Island (History)

Silver Lake is the name of both a reservoir and an adjacent neighborhood in the New York City borough of Staten Island.

Silver Lake Park has many attractions, such as tennis courts, an 18-hole public golf course, a baseball field, play area, and dog run.

The neighborhood to the east and south features several large privately owned apartment buildings and three cemeteries along Victory Boulevard. Also included is the neighborhood on the other side of the adjacent Silver Lake golf course, a series of mostly dead-end streets located above Forest Avenue. At the top of Hart Boulevard are the Silver Lake Tennis Courts. To the west of this neighborhood are Grymes Hill and Sunnyside, where the Mid-Island region is said to begin (the Silver Lake section being reckoned as part of the North Shore).



Located inside Silver Lake Park, the first city park to be established on Staten Island, Silver Lake in its current form was created in 1917 when water was piped in to fill it from the Ashokan Reservoir in Ulster County, New York, 119 miles (192 km) away. The water started arriving on October 25, and the reservoir would become the largest body of fresh water on Staten Island.