Arrochar is a neighborhood in Staten Island, NY, and is one of the oldest settlements on the island. It was named after Arrochar in Scotland, which is near Loch Long and Loch Lomond. The neighborhood is one block from the Staten Island Expressway, which provides easy access to Brooklyn and parts of southern New Jersey via the Goethals Bridge.
Arrochar is famous for having one of the few remaining towers in SI. The tower has been restored and is currently used as a communications tower operated by Verizon.
Historically, Arrochar has been a quaint community with homes built along the water and access to nearby creeks and streams. It is home to many retired people, including most of the Scandinavian descent.
As of 2006, there were 3,859 people living in Arrochar. The population had increased by 2% from 2000 to 2006, though the population remains generally unchanged.
Arrochar is dominated by Roman Catholicism with St. Mary’s Church at its heart. Arrochar has one of the highest populations of Irish-Americans on Staten Island and people often attend mass at St. Catherine’s to hear traditional Irish music that can be heard nowhere else on SI.
Arrochar’s main commercial thoroughfare is Hylan Boulevard, with its five lanes of traffic that include bike lanes on each side, running from Richmond Avenue on the border with New Dorp to the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The section between Hylan Boulevard and Seaview Avenue is lined with small mom-and-pop shops, various food markets, laundromats, fish stores, and pharmacies.
The neighborhood has recently seen a firehouse built on its main boulevard and plans for a new shopping center at the border of New Dorp.
Arrochar has its own public-access television station called Staten Island Community Television (SICTV). SICTV’s studios are located in the Arrochar Playground on McClean Avenue. The station is a partnership between the NYC Department of Education and the Borough President’s Office and has been in operation since 1994.
The neighborhood is home to St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, (built in 1905-06). Its school, St. Michael’s School (which had its first graduating class in May 2008), is located behind the church and is home to two kindergartens (PreK) classes and one kindergarten-to-sixth grade class. It also has a parish school, St. Ann School. There is also a small park on the corner of Hylan Boulevard and McClean Avenue, named after John Cardinal O’Connor, who was Archbishop of New York from 1984 to 2000.
GO 4 Junk Removal Staten Island is located at 83 Meisner Ave, Staten Island, NY 10306. From Arrochar, Head northwest on Sand Ln toward MacFarland Ave, then go straight and merge onto Hyland Blvd, then use any land to go left onto Olga Pl, now take a slight right toward Hyladn Blvd and keep going straight oto Hyland Blvd, now take a left turn onto Narrows Rd N, time to take the I-278 W/Staten Is Expwy ramp on the left to Goethals Brg/Elizabeth and merge onto I-278 W, then take exit 12 for Slosson Ave toward Todt Hill Rd, now go left onto Slosson Ave and merge onto Todt Hill Rd. Almost arrived, now go right onto Sussex Ave, take another right onto Croak Ave. From there, go left onto Manor Rd and then take a slight left to stay on Manor Rd. Now keep going straight onto Meisner Ave and then the destination will be on the right.