What to do and eat in Stapleton, Staten Island

The forgotten borough is finally having a moment. Only a short ferry ride from lower Manhattan, Staten Island has long maintained a strange air of exoticism. But the time is now to explore.

Stapleton is a small neighborhood on Staten Island’s North Shore, just a five-minute train ride from the St. George Ferry Terminal. Once the economic center of the borough (until the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in 1964), Stapleton is packed with history. Victorian mansions line the streets, and sights like Edgewater Village Hall recall days past. The neighborhood has played home to Cornelius Vanderbilt and the Wu-Tang Clan, among others. Today, a renaissance is underway thanks to an influx of artists and young professionals.

Start your day early and explore waterfront views, vibrant immigrant communities and lots of street art. Here’s how.

Steven Casale