Located in the northernmost part of Staten Island’s South Shore, the Great Kills neighborhood is one of Staten Island’s largest. The term “kills” is from the Dutch “kells,” referring to small streams or channels. Although experts have differed on the best translation, many feel that the name refers to the vast number of small creeks in the neighborhood.
Table of Contents
- 1 Need a Personal Injury Attorney in Great Kills?
- 2 Our Trial Attorneys Focus on Complex Asbestos Claims
- 3 Award-Winning Lawyers Serving the South Shore
- 4 Our Law Firm Gets Results
- 5 Providing High-Quality Legal Services for Residents of Great Kills
- 6 Key Features of the Area
- 7 History of Great Kills, Staten Island
- 8 Directions to Belluck & Fox from Great Kills, Staten Island
Need a Personal Injury Attorney in Great Kills?
For more than 20 years, the dedicated New York City personal injury lawyers at Belluck & Fox have been successfully securing full and fair compensation for Great Kills residents and other nearby places who have been harmed due to someone else’s negligence. Our law firm has the legal acumen, the manpower and the resources necessary to take on deep-pocketed insurance companies and large corporations.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our knowledgeable legal team.
Our Trial Attorneys Focus on Complex Asbestos Claims
For decades, companies used the dangerous mineral asbestos in industrial products, building materials, commercial products and construction materials. These companies knew that asbestos posed serious health risks to workers and consumers, yet they failed to warn the public. Years later, people who were exposed to the cancer-causing fibers continue to be diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Belluck & Fox is nationally recognized for its success in asbestos litigation. Our NYC mesothelioma cancer attorneys are committed to helping people in Staten Island who are struggling to cope with asbestos diseases.
Award-Winning Lawyers Serving the South Shore
Our seasoned personal injury attorneys have earned top ratings from professional review services and respected legal publications such as:
- The National Law Journal
- Best Lawyers
- Super Lawyers
- Martindale Hubbell
Our Law Firm Gets Results
Belluck & Fox has secured more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for our deserving clients and their families, including:
- $32 million for a Navy veteran who was exposed to asbestos while working on ships
- $22 million for a part-time construction worker who was exposed to asbestos
- $19.5 million for a high-rise construction worker who inhaled asbestos fibers on the job
Providing High-Quality Legal Services for Residents of Great Kills
Our experienced Staten Island personal injury lawyers handle a wide range of claims, including:
- Workplace accidents
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
- Asbestos claims
- Dangerous pharmaceuticals
- Slip and fall accidents
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Truck accidents
- Dog bites
- Nursing home abuse
- Wrongful death
Key Features of the Area
The Great Kills area is best known as the former home of two of the 1980s’ most iconic child actors: Rick Schroeder of Silver Spoons and Alyssa Milano of Who’s the Boss. The area is also known for its little league and swimming club, which has over 500 families as members.
Great Kills is home to Great Kills National Park, which is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. It rests on a peninsula that was originally named Crooke’s Point for the man who purchased the area. In the 1970s, the area was turned into a national park and now offers recreational activities such as boating and fishing.
Great Kills also features two other major parks ─ King Fisher Park and Siedenburg Park. Both parks are very popular among birdwatchers, who enjoy the area for its biodiversity. King Fisher Park is known by locals to be a “wildlife oasis” featuring wetlands, forest and a freshwater pond.
Many Staten Island neighborhoods try to encompass the best of two worlds: city life vs. the great outdoors. Great Kills residents have plenty of access to both.
History of Great Kills, Staten Island
Much of Staten Island was settled primarily by the Dutch in the early 1600s. What they found was a lush wilderness of forest, wetland and gorgeous shoreline. The Dutch settled in what they called New Amsterdam. When the English took over by treaty in the 1660s, the area was renamed New York.
At the time, the area now known as Great Kills was divided into two municipalities. One was called Clarendon and the other was called Newton. Clarendon laid claim to the shoreline, with Newton just above.
Later, the two municipalities were combined to form Giffords, and in the latter half of the 1800s, the area became known as Groote Kell. Great Kills is an anglicized form of that name.
Directions to Belluck & Fox from Great Kills, Staten Island
Belluck & Fox’s New York City law office is located in Midtown at 546 Fifth Ave., 5th Floor, New York NY 10036. To get to our office from Great Kills, take I-278 East across the Verranzo-Narrows Bridge. Continue on I-478 and drive though the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel into Lower Manhattan, following signs for Battery Park until you hit the FDR Drive exit. Stay on FDR Drive, then take Exit 9 for 42nd Street. Follow 42nd St. to Madison Avenue, where you will turn right to drive north on Madison until you reach 45th St. Turn left on 45th, drive west one click, and then cross Fifth Avenue. Our office will on the right side of the street, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 45th Street.