The Big Park, known as Grandview Playground after adjacent Grandview Avenue until 2017, was originally named Mariners Harbor Houses Playground for the adjacent housing development. Both the playground and the housing complex took their names from the neighborhood of Mariners Harbor in northwestern Staten Island.
Mariners Harbor was once synonymous with the oyster industry on Staten Island. Before the turn of the 20th century and the subsequent pollution of the harbor, the community had a thriving oyster trade (both fishing and harvesting) and a successful ship building and repair industry in the waters of the Kill van Kull.
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