downtown staten island
three distinct neighborhoods
Welcome to Downtown Staten Island – three unique neighborhoods, each with its own vibe and offerings. St. George, Tompkinsville, and Stapleton are the “towns” that make up our premier waterfront community. While each neighborhood maintains its own distinct character, they complement one another and collaborate toward a shared goal: preserving the pride and legacy of Downtown Staten Island, while embracing opportunities to thrive and grow.
something for everyone
There's more to Downtown Staten Island than just impressive views of Manhattan! Find out here.
downtown staten island
how to get here
- FROM MANHATTAN Take the Staten Island Ferry from Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan to St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island. Ferries run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are free of charge. Click here for more information.
- FROM BROOKLYN/LONG ISLAND By car, use the lower level of the Verrazano Bridge (there will be a toll). Stay far right and take the first exit toward Bay Street. Continue about a quarter-mile to the traffic light. Make a left onto Bay Street and continue for about a mile. Downtown Staten Island runs along Bay Street from Vanderbilt Avenue at its southernmost part, to the ferry terminal in St. George at its northernmost part. There is also bus service from Brooklyn to Staten Island. Click here for information.
- FROM NEW JERSEY Three bridges connect New Jersey to Staten Island: the Bayonne Bridge, the Goethals Bridge, and the Outerbridge Crossing. Click on the respective bridges for directions.
things to do
Downtown Staten ISland District Map
There's so much to discover in Downtown Staten Island! Our District Map highlights some of the restaurants and attractions you'll find.
Catch a show at the historic St. George Theatre or try a locally-brewed beer at the Flagship Brewery – there’s no shortage of options for dining, shopping, or relaxing. Discover some of New York City's best-kept secrets and hidden gems.
Open for Business
Already have a business in Downtown Staten Island? Thinking of starting one? There’s never been a better time, and we’re here to help. From information about area demographics and opportunities, to marketing your services, to navigating regulations, we’ve got the resources you need. Call us at 718.727.1900 or email JDugo@sichamber.com.
Commercial District Needs Assessment
Did you know? Total business sales in Downtown Staten Island over the last ten years have increased by 109%! And there’s room for more growth, as there’s an additional $298.2M in unmet consumer demand. Check out our Commercial District Needs Assessment to read all about this and more.
NYC Small business Services
In 2017, the NYC Department of Small Business Services – through its Neighborhood 360 program – granted over $1 million to the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Foundation to implement plans to revitalize the Downtown Staten Island Commercial District, including:
- Street cleaning
- Holiday lighting
- Branding & marketing campaigns
- Street pole banners
- Tree bed beautification
- And more …
Staten Island Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber is the largest and most influential business organization on Staten Island, with more than 100 years experience helping businesses reduce their costs, increase their sales and protect their interests. Click here to learn about all the resources available for new and existing businesses.
Commercial Corridor Challenge
Local Initiatives Support Corporation, working in collaboration with the Neighborhood 360 program, recently introduced the Commercial Corridor Challenge, providing funding and technical assistance that allowed for immediate storefront and streetscape improvements and retail attraction and retention in Downtown Staten Island. Find out more here.