City Living: St. George/ Stapleton
For those New Yorkers who never step foot in Staten Island, theres a lot more to the borough than parks and the Wu Tang Clan. St. George and Stapleton, the boroughs 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 boroughs 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 Islands 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 Islands Sri Lankan and Hispanic populations have put the North Shore on the map for authentic ethnic cuisines.
Its undergoing a renaissance. Its evolving, said Holly Wiesner Olivieri, a real estate agent who specializes in the North Shore.
By DAN RIVOLI
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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 »
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