Grasmere, Staten Island
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Grasmere although crossed by major roads has retained its quiet suburban character. The area and adjoining Concord was dotted with lakes and ponds similar to the English Lake District village of Grasmere. The name is often attributed to Sir Roderick Cameron, an American resident of Canadian descent who was knighted by Queen Victoria. The neighborhood has always been one of the most prestigious communities on Staten Island, with the zone around Brady's Pond being particularly affluent.
The Staten Island Railway stops in the neighborhood, and the distance between the Grasmere train station and that of Clifton to the north is the longest between any two stations on the line. Grasmere is also the location of the executive offices of the Staten Island Advance, the island's daily newspaper.
The S78 (to St. George or Tottenville) and S79 (to Brooklyn via the Verrazano Narrows Bridge) make stops along Hylan Boulevard. The S53 (to Port Richmond or to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn) runs along Clove Road. The area is also served by the X1, X2, X3 and X9 express buses to Manhattan along Hylan Blvd.
- In music, second drummer of Twisted Sister, A. J. Pero grew up on West Fingerboard Road.
- In television, One Day At A Time's Glenn Scarpelli grew up on Normalee Road.
- The mafioso Aniello Dellacroce resided in Grasmere at the time of his death on December 2, 1985.
- Former member of the New York State Assembly, Matthew Mirones, is a Grasmere resident and former President of the Grasmere Civic Association.
- John P. Lightning, legendary former pirate radio personality and longtime host of Radio NewYork International, lives in Grasmere, where his 11L network has its studio, offices and vast music and video archive. 11L/RNI programming originates live from Grasmere.
- Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, artist who created the famous Dogs Playing Poker paintings, lived in Grasmere towards the end of his life.