Logan’s Spring Brook, Staten Island

Back in March 2017, I documented the brook flowing along Bard Avenue on the North Shore of Staten Island. At the time I wrote that its furthest place aboveground was at Moody Place, which borders on Richmond University Medical Center. A tip from a colleague at Parks sent me further upstream where I found another piece of Logan’s Spring Brook in open view.

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This piece of Logan’s Spring Brook can be seen from the north side of Castleton Avenue between Walbrooke and Kissel Avenues. It flows in an alley then disappears below Castleton Avenue.

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Bard Avenue brook, Staten Island

In the West New Brighton neighborhood of Staten Island, one would see historic cottage homes with spacious lawns and quiet tree-lined streets. The largest park here is Snug Harbor campus through which Harbor Brook flows. Its western tributary is not as easy to access, flowing mostly through private properties.

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For a few blocks on Bard Avenue, Logan’s Spring Brook weaves through yards along the road between Moody Place and Wales Place. Continue reading

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In contrast to most of the borough, the northern third of Staten Island had been developed long before the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge spurred masses of prospective homeowners to the island. As a result, there are fewer large parks in the North Shore neighborhoods and they tend to be small in size. An exception is a recently formed chain of parks that follow Harbor Brook in the New Brighton neighborhood.

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The above photo from the Parks Department shows Goodhue Pond, acquired by the agency in 2013 from the Children’s Aid Society. Continue reading