Stapleton

Located in northeastern section of Staten Island, the neighborhood of Stapleton borders the waterfront of Upper New York Bay, and is roughly bounded on the north by Tompkinsville at Grant Street, on the south by Clifton at Vanderbilt Avenue, and on the west by Grymes Hill at St. Paul’s Avenue and Van Duzer Street. Stapleton is one of the oldest waterfront neighborhoods in the borough, built in the 1830s on land once owned by the Vanderbilt family. Stapleton, like much of the Island’s north shore, has old, standalone homes that have been in the area since the Victorian era, as well as new developments such as condominiums and apartment buildings. Stapleton is also known for its vibrant street art, winding roads, used book stores, and coffee shops. The neighborhood also contains a huge diversity of restaurants, including an American-style diner, as well as Sri Lankan, Mexican, and Italian eateries.

Stapleton Library

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Located at 132 Canal Street in Stapleton, the Stapleton branch of the New York Public Library has been a center of community life since its opening in 1907. Located near the center of Stapleton Village and adjacent to Tappen Park and the Old Village Hall, the iconic Stapleton Library serves its neighborhood by offering programs for all ages, providing access to computer technology, providing educational programs, and of course, lending books, magazines and other forms of media. The renovated building was reopened in 2013 with much fanfare and excitement from the neighborhood.

For more information, click here or call (718) 727-0427

50-50 Skatepark

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Located conveniently around the corner from the Stapleton train station at 354 Front Street is New York City’s only (and Staten Island’s first) indoor skatepark. Open seven days a week, this custom built skatepark is the perfect setting for bikes, skateboards, scooters and rollerbladers to expand their skills in a safe, fun and creative environment. 50-50 Skatepark also offers open skate sessions and lessons, birthday parties, winter and spring break sessions, summer camps, and special events. The facility also offers rental options for movies, music videos, live performances and fundraisers.

Visit 5050skatepark.com or call 347-857-6007 for more details.

Tappen Park

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Located in Stapleton at Canal, Water and Bay Streets, this historic park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Formerly known as Washington Square and called Stapleton Park by residents, in 1934 the park was named in honor of World War I Veteran James J. Tappen. The park includes a small fountain amidst a round court, pathways, towering trees and benches. The park also is a wifi hotspot.

Learn more, here.

Staten Island Makerspace

Staten Island Makerspace

Located in the Stapleton section of Staten Island at 450 Front Street, Staten Island Makerspace offers affordable space, tools, workshops and resources to makers, builders, tinkerers, hardware developers, hobbyists, artists, entrepreneurs… literally anyone who has the drive and motivation to “make something.” Makerspace takes the “do it yourself” idea to a whole new level as it gives both skilled craftspeople and hobbyists the opportunity to make their ideas come to life. Members of Makerspace consist of artisans across a wide range of specialties that share and collaborate with one another to provide a work space to individuals who may not be able to store, afford or use tools and resources. The 6000 square-foot space includes a metal shop, woodshop, computer lab, sewing studio, jewelry station, and photography studio, as well as a shared workspace, project space, conference room and private studios.

For more information on becoming a member of Makerspace, or for information on upcoming workshops for both members and non-members, visit their website at www.makerspace.nyc or contact them at (718) 273-3951. Use Makerspace to “dream, create, make!”

Here’s my classic North Shore Buzz video shot at SI Makerspace

Gatsby’s on the Bay

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Located at 695 Bay Street in Stapleton, this restaurant brings the Roaring 20’s back to Staten Island. Featuring New American cuisine, this quaint restaurant blends the old with the new: reviving the history of the 1920’s while also adding new flavors to the menu items of the Jazz Age.

For more information, visit their website at www.gatsbysonthebaysi.com.