City Living: St. George/ Stapleton
For those New Yorkers who never step foot in Staten Island, there’s a lot more to the borough than parks and the Wu Tang Clan. St. George and Stapleton, the borough’s most ethnically diverse areas, have become go-to spots for young home buyers along with being cultural and historic hubs.
In the 2000s, the area was promoted as the borough’s downtown. Immigrants and young home buyers relocated to these neighborhoods for affordability, space and access to Manhattan via the Staten Island Ferry.
The future of Staten Island’s arts, culture and business center is in the ongoing development of a long-ignored stretch of waterfront with stellar views of Manhattan.
“You have all the ingredients for something special and dynamic to take place down there,” said Frank Rizzo, the CEO of Cornerstone Realty Partners.
Meanwhile, Staten Island’s Sri Lankan and Hispanic populations have put the North Shore on the map for authentic ethnic cuisines.
“It’s undergoing a renaissance. It’s evolving,” said Holly Wiesner Olivieri, a real estate agent who specializes in the North Shore.
By DAN RIVOLI
Need To Know
There are no transit lines on Staten Island, except for a railroad that runs along the east shore. More »
New York Public Library-Stapleton, 132 Canal St. St. George Library Center, Central Ave. More »
Ferry Terminal 5 Bay St. 160 Tompkins Ave. More »
Curtis High School, 105 Hamilton Ave. P.S. 31, 55 Layton Ave. P.S. 14, 100 Tompkins Ave. P.S. 74, 211 Daniel Low Terrace More »
The neighborhoods are within the NYPD's 120th Precinct and saw an 80 percent drop in major crimes between 1990 and 2013, according to police statistics. More »
Ruddy and Dean’s
Located within minutes from the Staten Island Ferry, Ruddy and Dean’s is a classic steakhouse with an outdoor dining terrace that provides a Manhattan view.
San Rasa, 226 Bay St.
When Sri Lankans moved to Staten Island’s North Shore, their restaurants followed. The Sunday buffet is an all-you-can-eat special for $11
This eatery has an eclectic menu that ranges from gumbo with smoked sausage and chicken to seafood linguine.
Dock Street Underground
This is Staten Island’s legendary rock club for local icons and high school garage bands alike. Bands that play at Dock Street Underground range from metal and hardcore to jazz and blues rock.
This coffee shop is best known as a venue for emerging Staten Island musical talent and open-mic enthusiasts.
Jimmie Steiny’s Pub
This bar features standard pub fare and a beer list, but also has a martini and specialty cocktail menu. When local musicians aren’t playing, find out if its jukebox is, as its website says, the best in New York.
Every Thing Goes Clothing
Vintage and consignment shops elsewhere in the city are either picked clean or pricey, but Every Thing Goes thrift store has unique gems at bargain costs.
Every Thing Goes Furniture and Gallery
Members of the collective-living community who run the clothing shop also operate a 10,000-square-foot antique furniture store.
St. George Greenmarket
From May to the end of November, the St. George Greenmarket provides Staten Islanders with farm-fresh food, as well as seafood and specialty Mexican produce
St. George Theatre
This 1929 theater survived decades of disrepair and neglect before it was fully restored in 2004. Now the theater hosts stars such as the New York City Opera, Blondie and Jerry Seinfeld.
Staten Island Museum
Learn Staten Island’s history at the borough’s museum, which first opened in 1881 by early environmentalists. In addition to art and history, the museum also features a natural science collection.