visit the neighborhood
Tompkinsville is home to one of the largest Sri Lankan communities outside of Sri Lanka, and also some of the best Sri Lankan restaurants. The neighborhood is easily walkable, with a variety of attractions to visit. Stroll around and visit various art studios & galleries, community centers, public parks, preserved landmarks, exciting shopping destinations, and to top it all off—a locally owned brewery.
While the mom & pop shops give Tompkinsville a suburban quality, its rich cultural offerings give it its New York City vibe. These diverse experiences are exactly why you should visit Tompkinsville.
"Bay Street is one of Staten Island’s few remaining main streets, a waterfront community steeped in history, And although for a time it was somewhat depressed, it is now the site of some of the city’s largest and most exciting business projects."
Linda Baran, President and CEO of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce | Source: Bay Street gets a makeover
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.