Dongan Hills station


 Dongan Hills
MTA NYC logo.svg Staten Island Railway station (rapid transit)
Dongan Hills station - September 2020.jpg
Dongan Hills station in September 2020.
Station statistics
AddressSeaview Avenue & North Railroad Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10304
BoroughStaten Island
LocaleDongan Hills
Coordinates40°35′20″N 74°05′45″W / 40.5890°N 74.0959°W / 40.5890; -74.0959Coordinates: 40°35′20″N 74°05′45″W / 40.5890°N 74.0959°W / 40.5890; -74.0959
ServicesLocal All times (All times)
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedApril 23, 1860[1]
Station code507[2]
AccessibleThis station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Former/other namesGarretson's
Station succession
Next northOld Town
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 northSt. George
Next southJefferson Avenue
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 southGreat Kills

Dongan Hills is a Staten Island Railway station in the neighborhood of Dongan Hills, Staten Island, New York.


The station opened on April 23, 1860, with the opening of the Staten Island Railway from Vanderbilt's Landing to Eltingville.[1][3]

The station's original name was Garretson's, named after the original name of the neighborhood of the same name. The station's name changed after the neighborhood was renamed Dongan Hills. The name Garretson still can be found as there is a street that passes under the station.[4][5] Both names appeared on the October 16, 1921 timetable.[6] On February 21, 1907, the Staten Island Railway petitioned the Public Service Commission (PSC) to get permission to move the Dongan Hills stop from its location south of Seaview Avenue to a location 100 feet (30 m) to the north in between Seaview Avenue and Garretson Avenue. On March 12, 1907, the PSC granted its permission.[7]

Station layout

Parking lot and station house

The station is located on an embankment at Seaview Avenue and Railroad Avenue on the main line. It has two side platforms and beige canopies.

The marble wall at street level on the south end is a legacy of when the line was converted from grade level to the current embankment level today. The grade separation took place in 1933. Free parking is available on a small lot adjacent to the northbound platform, which is owned by the MTA, the agency that controls the rail line. The brick station house is unusually positioned on the northbound side at platform level, unlike other SIR station houses, which are usually located on street level. The Dongan Hills station house had a ticket booth and benches until 1987, and then a vending machine for tokens until July 4, 1997 when the fare was eliminated for all stations south of St. George.

South of this station, there is an additional third track that once served a coal distributor. Grates between the rails led to chutes which now open into the backyards of homes that run alongside the embankment.

Platform level
Side platform
Southbound NYCS-bull-trans-SIR-Std.svg toward Tottenville (Jefferson Avenue)
NYCS-bull-trans-SIR-Std.svg rush hour express does not stop here
Northbound NYCS-bull-trans-SIR-Std.svg toward St. George (Old Town)
NYCS-bull-trans-SIR-Std.svg AM rush express does not stop here →
Side platform
G Street level Exit/entrance, buses, station house, parking
Handicapped/disabled access Ramps on both sides of the station


There are staircases at the north end that lead to Garretson Avenue. The Dongan Hills station is handicapped accessible in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, with ramps at the south end that lead to the southern side of Seaview Avenue. Stairs also lead from each platform to the northern side of Seaview Avenue.[8]


  1. ^ a b Irvin Leigh and Paul Matus (December 23, 2001). "SIRT The Essential History". p. 4. Retrieved March 3, 2009.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Poster for opening of Staten Island Railway
  4. ^ Sciences, Staten Island Institute of Arts and; Davis, William Thompson (1907). Proceedings - Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences. Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences.
  5. ^ Company, Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (1869). Miscellaneous Documents of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company and Subsidiary Companies.
  6. ^ "Time-Table No. 8 October 16, 1921 Staten Island Rapid Transit Railway". Staten Island Rapid Transit Railway Company. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  7. ^ District, New York (State) Public Service Commission Second (1908). Annual Report of the Public Service Commission, Second District. J.B. Lyon Company. pp. 625–626. garretson's staten island dongan hills.
  8. ^ "Map of NYC Subway Entrances". NYC Open Data. City of New York. Retrieved July 10, 2018.

External links

Media related to Dongan Hills (Staten Island Railway station) at Wikimedia Commons

  • Staten Island Railway station list
  • Staten Island Railway general information
  • Garretson Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • Seaview Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • Platform level from Google Maps Street View