Staten Island mornings: Todt Hill – SILive.com

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Mornings on Todt Hill are quiet and filled with wildlife, some grazing on the lawns of the spacious homes. The beautiful mansions make for great silhouettes against the red sunrise.

Todt Hill is the highest natural point in the five boroughs of New York City and the highest elevation on the entire Atlantic coastal plain from Florida to Cape Cod. The hill stands 401-feet tall, made of serpentine rock. The Greenbelt Blue Trail surrounds the neighborhood.

The waning moon over Todt Hill. (Staten Island Advance/ Jan Somma-Hammel)

From Flagg Place the sun rises and the early morning light shines. (Staten Island Advance/ Jan Somma-Hammel)

Looking over Reed's Basket Willow Swamp Park. (Staten Island Advance/ Jan Somma-Hammel)

Peeking through the bramble of the woods that surround Todt Hill. Only in winter can you get a sighting of the sunrise here.

Another interesting view of the Verazzano Bridge from Todt Hill as the sun rises. (Staten Island Advance/ Jan Somma-Hammel)

From Douglas Road the sun rises over the house tops. (Staten Island Advance/ Jan Somma-Hammel)

Deer roam the woods surrounding Todt Hill. (Staten Island Advance/ Jan Somma-Hammel)

A tree of colorful bird houses, Todt Hill. (Staten Island Advance/ Jan Somma-Hammel)

One of the mansions on Todt Hill in the early morning light. (Staten Island Advance/ Jan Somma-Hammel)

Wildlife. (Staten Island Advance/ Jan Somma-Hammel)

One of the stunning mansions with park like grounds on Circle Road. (Staten Island Advance/ Jan Somma-Hammel)

The long row of sycamore trees along Benedict Road, Todt Hill as the sun rises. (Staten Island Advance/ Jan Somma-Hammel)

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