Bay Street

Staten Island

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Bay Street lopes along the Staten Island shoreline from the Staten Island Ferry in the north to Fort Wadsworth in the south. Along the way, it touches the neighborhoods of St. George, Tompkinsville, Stapleton, Clifton, Rosebank and Shore Acres, resembling New York City less and less as it moseys southward for almost seven miles. Cornelius Vanderbilt, a wealthy 19th Century industrialist, started his empire on this waterfront, running steamships to Manhattan. Many of the freight terminals on the wharves have been converted to condominiums where prices go north of one million dollars for views of the city skyline. Other housing stock is early 20th Century Colonial Revival and art deco in style; across from the Ferry Terminal is the Staten Island Borough Hall, an elegant brick-and-slate Neo-Colonial masterwork from the influential architectural firm of Carrere & Hastings. Bay Terrace mixes big city aspirations with convenient small town living as Latin and Asian nationalities form a resident cocktail with established Eastern Europeans. Restaurants range from the upscale classic Italian cuisine of Bin 5 to the tavern food of the brick-lined Phunky Elephant Gastropub. On Bay Street, shoppers are likely to find what they are looking for rather than browsing boutique offerings. Fort Wadsworth at the foot of Bay Street is one of America's oldest military installations, but is now a unit of the Gateway National Recreation Area, maintained by the National Park Service. In addition to stunning views of Manhattan and Brooklyn and leisure activities, the park also offers urban camping. The Staten Island Railway makes four stops along Bay Street, including at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. By Doug Gelbert

Neighborhood Highlights

Buses:

S54
S78
S79 SBS
X1
X4
X5
X7
X8
X24

Rental Prices:

$1,203 ― $1,640

Sales Prices:

$289,000 ― $394,000

Landmarks:

N/A

School Districts:

31

Police Precincts:

122

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