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Stapleton, New York is located on the North Shore of Staten Island along the waterfront of the Upper New York Bay. It is bordered to the north by Tompkinsville and Clifton to the south. Stapleton is one of older waterfront neighborhoods in Staten Island, being located on land belonging to the Vanderbilt family back in the 1830s. The views of Manhattan from Stapleton are some of the most magnificent on the island. During its prime, Stapleton was once considered the commercial center of the island. However, due to both neglect and the building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in the mid 20th century, which transferred commercial developments to the center of the island. The neighborhood is physically reminiscent of its past grandeur, with neglected architecturally beautiful mansions and shutdown breweries that were the first to dominate the beer industry in the borough. In recent decades, the neighborhood has been home to several housing projects for Staten Island. The area is now mixed between old Victorian-style stand-alone houses and housing projects put up by the city. Likewise, Stapleton's population is a mixed demographic. Many portions of the neighborhood have been predominantly black for a while, with a high number of Hispanics moving to the area as well in recent years. There are generally a high number of younger people living in Stapleton, drawn to the area by its relatively low rents and close proximity to the ferry into Manhattan. There are several convenience stores for people in the neighborhood to run to for everyday things, but for the most part most residents travel elsewhere for a night out or any major shopping. Like many of the housing units, the area is plagued with empty storefronts. The only school physically located in Stapleton is the Dreyfus Intermediate School. For primary and high school education, students travel into greater Staten Island, all areas of which are accessible by public transportation. Many workers living in Stapleton commute into Manhattan daily for work. The Staten Island Ferry is located right in Stapleton, and offers direct service into downtown Manhattan in about a 30-minute ride on the high-speed ferry. The Staten Island Railway also has a statin of the same name at Prospect Street and Bay Street. The neighborhood is also served by the S51, S52, S74, S76, S78, S81, S84 and S86 local buses.

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