Almer G. Russell Pavilion
In 1927, Hylan Blvd. was extended to the Arthur Kill waterfront. In 1934, the original recreational pavilion was erected here to honor Private Almer G. Russell, a Tottenville resident, who was killed in action during World War I. Since then, this open-air pavilion has hosted numerous community events including concerts and parade ceremonies.
Around 1965, due to safety concerns of the deteriorated structure, the pavilion was demolished. After much community lobbying, it was rebuilt in 2002, but razed again in 2012 due to its instability. Despite controversy by the community over its design, the newly constructed water- and wind-resistant structure was unveiled and rededicated to honor Pvt. Russell in 2021.