The neighborhood of Pleasant Plains in Staten Island's South Shore extends from Veterans Memorial Highway to the north and the Princes Bay shoreline to the south. Pleasant Plains is ideal for those who are looking to live close to both public transportation options and an open, more natural environment. Thanks to the construction of the local train station when the SIR was extended to Tottenville during the mid-19th century, a community sprung up that was later called Pleasant Plains. As of the 2000 Census, the population of the neighborhood is around 5,000 residents. In the late 1800s, John Christopher Drumgoole purchased a large piece of land near Mount Loretto and built the Mission of the Immaculate Virgin at Mount Loretto, an orphanage with a farm that was once considered the biggest farm in all of New York State. One of Pleasant Plains' most recognizable landmarks is the Prince's Bay Lighthouse, which was built on the bluffs of Prince's Bay in 1864. While housing developments have sprung up in the neighborhood over the years, Pleasant Plains has maintained a sense of small-town living among oceanfront nature preserves. The epicenter of Pleasant Plains' retail shops and businesses is situated near the train station at the intersection of Bloomington Road and Amboy Road. The rest of the neighborhood is comprised small enclaves of residences interspersed with open space, wetlands, and park preserves. Those who love to hike, walk, or bicycle will appreciate the opportunities available for outdoor recreation in Pleasant Plains. The Dorothy Fitzpatrick Fishing Pier at the end of Sharrott Avenue is also a popular gathering spot not only for anglers, but those who enjoy the sea air and views. Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the Mt. Loretto Unique Area for its distinctive flora, fauna, and vistas. Both public and private schools serve the neighborhood, as well as preschools and daycare centers.
The Pleasant Plains train station is the hub of public transportation for the neighborhood. The train takes passengers to the St. George Ferry Terminal, where they then take the ferry over to Downtown Manhattan. Drivers can access New Jersey easily via the Outerbridge Crossing in less than ten minutes from most points throughout the neighborhood. Express buses to Manhattan stop along Bloomingdale Road and Amboy Road.
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