Stapleton is a neighborhood in northeastern Staten Island in New York City. It is located along the waterfront of Upper New York Bay, bounded on the north by Tompkinsville at Grant Street, on the south by Clifton at Vanderbilt Avenue, and on the west by St. Paul’s Avenue and Van Duzer Street, which form the border with the community of Grymes Hill. Stapleton is one of the older waterfront neighborhoods of the borough. Built in the 1830s, it was once considered the commercial center of the island. After several decades of neglect, Stapleton is now fulcrum point of revitalization in what is part of Downtown Staten Island. Stapleton, like much of the Island’s north shore, has two major coexisting cultural spheres: that based in the old, standalone homes that have been in the area since the Victorian era, new apartment developments and town homes.
Stapleton also has a vibrant Bohemian community along Van Duzer Street, which is also the home of vibrant street art, winding roads, used book stores, and coffee shops. Popular places for the performance of local music include: The Full Cup, located on Van Duzer Street, and the Bay Street Saloon and Dock Street, both of which operate on Bay Street and cater mainly to rock and alternative bands. The neighborhood also lays claim to a huge diversity of restaurants, including a taste of World Cuisines, as well as Sri Lankan, West Indian, Mexican, and Italian eateries.