visit the neighborhood

Stapleton boasts waterfront views, historic landmarks, multi-cultural dining options, lively nightlife, and vibrant street art. This charming neighborhood reaches from the Bay Street corridor to hills of Van Duzer Street & St. Pauls Avenue. 

Once home to the Vanderbilts, Stapleton now attracts artists, young professionals, and immigrant communities. Historic mansions dot the neighborhood, along side with stylish, glass rental complexes. Artist workshops & studios sit alongside international restaurants. Public parks & spaces host a variety of events. Needless to say, this eclectic neighborhood has something for everyone.


Staten Island's Bay Street corridor has a rich history: Inhabited first by rows of Dutch colonial farmhouses in the early 1800s, the three-mile stretch of land eventually morphed into a retail hub between the 1920s and '50s — dotted with rows of bakeries, beer gardens and boutiques.

Jessica Jones-Gorman | Source: Bay Street gets a makeover

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how to get here

  • FROM MANHATTAN Take the Staten Island Ferry from Whitehall Street Ferry Terminal in Manhattan to St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island. Ferries run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, are free of charge, and bring you right to the ferry terminal in St. George. Click here for more information.
  • FROM BROOKLYN/LONG ISLAND Downtown Staten Island is only accessible by car if you’re coming directly from Brooklyn/Long Island. Take I-278 W across the Verrazano Bridge (there will be a toll) and keep left at the fork. Take exit 14 toward Hylan Boulevard, and head northeast on Hylan Boulevard. Stay on Hylan Boulevard for less than a mile before turning left on to Bay Street. Stay on Bay Street for about a mile. Downtown Staten Island runs along Bay Street from Broad Street in Stapleton at its southernmost part, to the ferry terminal in St. George at its northernmost part.     
  • 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 more information on directions and tolls.

what to do

  • EAT your way through the globe—Nigerian, Italian, Sri Lankan, & Mexican to name a few highlights
  • DRINK from an extensive wine list at Vinum
  • SHOP at a variety of boutique clothing stores & markets
  • RELAX at the waterfront park on Front Street
  • VISIT a makerspace & gallery—take a ring making class or utilize the workshop's welding, woodworking and 3D printing facilities.