Tompkins Avenue

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Tompkins Avenue
Length1.60 mi (2.57 km)
Location Staten Island
West endBroad Street/Canal Street
East endSchool Road/Lincoln Place; McClean Avenue (orphaned segment)

Tompkins Avenue is a mostly residential yet primary east-west artery that runs through the Fort Wadsworth, Rosebank, Shore Acres, Clifton, and Stapleton neighborhoods of New York City, in the borough of Staten Island, New York.

Fort Wadsworth United States military base

Fort Wadsworth is a former United States military installation on Staten Island in New York City, situated on The Narrows which divide New York Bay into Upper and Lower halves, a natural point for defense of the Upper Bay and Manhattan beyond. Prior to closing in 1994 it claimed to be the longest continually garrisoned military installation in the United States. Divided into several smaller units, including Fort Tompkins and Fort Richmond, its present name was adopted in 1865 to honor Brigadier General James Wadsworth, who had been killed in the Battle of the Wilderness during the Civil War. Fort Wadsworth is now part of the Staten Island Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, maintained by the National Park Service.

Rosebank, Staten Island neighborhood in the northeastern part of Staten Island

Rosebank is a neighborhood in the northeastern part of Staten Island, one of the five boroughs of New York City. It is bordered by Clifton to the north, Arrochar to the south, and the Upper New York Bay to the east.

Shore Acres is a neighborhood of Staten Island, one of the five boroughs of New York City. It is situated along the Upper New York Bay, just north of Fort Wadsworth and south of Rosebank.


Named for former New York governor Daniel D. Tompkins, notable cross streets include Hylan Boulevard (named for former New York City Mayor John Hylan, as well as Vanderbilt Avenue (named for Cornelius Vanderbilt). [1]

Daniel D. Tompkins American politician

Daniel D. Tompkins was an American politician. He was the fourth governor of New York from 1807 to 1817, and the sixth vice president of the United States from 1817 to 1825.

Hylan Boulevard Boulevard in Staten Island, New York

Hylan Boulevard is a major northeast-southwest boulevard in the New York City borough of Staten Island, and the longest street in the city. It is approximately 14 miles (23 km) long, and runs from the North Shore neighborhood of Rosebank, then along the entire East Shore, to the South Shore neighborhood of Tottenville. It was renamed in 1923 for New York City mayor John F. Hylan, before which it was known as Southfield Boulevard and the northern segment as Pennsylvania Avenue. It is often misunderstood to be read as Hyland or Highland Boulevard.

Vanderbilt Avenue is the name of three thoroughfares in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island. They were named after Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794–1877), the builder of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.


Between Hylan Boulevard and the Staten Island Railway overpass, Tompkins Avenue becomes one of Rosebank's two commercial districts (the other being along Bay Street). Landmarks include the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, a historic site honoring the lives of Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi and Italian American inventor Antonio Meucci, [2] as well as the Roman Catholic Parish of St. Joseph, which was established by Italian-Americans in 1902. [3] This section of Tompkins Avenue, off of St. Mary's Avenue, was renamed Monsignor John T. Servodidio Way in 2009 to honor the late John T. Servodidio who had been pastor of that church from 1983-2009. [4]

Staten Island Railway Rapid transit commuter railroad in Staten Island, New York

The Staten Island Railway (SIR) is the only rapid transit line in the New York City borough of Staten Island. It is operated by the Staten Island Rapid Transit Operating Authority (SIRTOA), a subsidiary of the New York City Transit Authority, which in turn is an agency of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Although the railway is considered a standard rail line, only the western portion of the North Shore Branch is connected to the national rail system.

Garibaldi-Meucci Museum NY location listed on National Register of Historic Places

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, formerly known as the Garibaldi Memorial, is a circa 1840 Gothic Revival cottage in the Rosebank section of Staten Island, New York. It was home to inventor and candle maker Antonio Meucci (1808–1889). The Italian revolutionary and political leader Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807–1882) lived there from 1851 to 1853.

Giuseppe Garibaldi Italian general and significant contributor to Italian unification

Giuseppe Maria Garibaldi was an Italian general and nationalist. A republican, he contributed to the Italian unification and the creation of the Kingdom of Italy. He is considered one of the greatest generals of modern times and one of Italy's "fathers of the fatherland" along with Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, Victor Emmanuel II of Italy and Giuseppe Mazzini.

Tompkins Avenue is residential again between the Staten Island Railway and Vanderbilt Avenue.

Stapleton AME Church Stapleton AME church jeh.jpg
Stapleton AME Church

Landmarks between Vanderbilt Avenue and Broad Street include the St. Elizabeth Ann Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, a nursing home opened in 1990 that is run by the Sisters of Charity, P.S. 14, I.S. 49, a campus of the Richard H. Hungerford School, [5] as well as the Stapleton United African Methodist Church which was established in 1801. [6] This section of Tompkins Avenue was renamed Rev. Dr. Beasley Way in 1999 to honor the late William Herman Beasley who had been pastor of that church from 1974-1998. [7]

Sisters of Charity name for Roman Catholic religious communities

Many religious communities have the term Sisters of Charity in their name. Some Sisters of Charity communities refer to the Vincentian tradition, or in America to the tradition of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, but others are unrelated. The rule of Vincent de Paul for the Daughters of Charity has been adopted and adapted by at least sixty founders of religious institutes for sisters around the world.

Tompkins Avenue also hosts locations for two United States Postal Service post offices [8]

United States Postal Service independent agency of the U.S. federal government responsible for providing postal service

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The construction of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in the late 1950s left one small segment of Tompkins Avenue severed from the rest of the roadway. This orphaned piece now only serves as a side street between the ends of McClean Avenue and Major Avenue. [9]


Tompkins Avenue is served by the S52 , S78 local buses [10] [11] and was formerly served by the X18 express bus to Manhattan. [12]

Although Tompkins Avenue passes over the Staten Island Railway right-of-way, no station exists there. [13] The Fort Wadsworth Station at one time did exist at the foot of Tompkins Avenue, near School Road along the Staten Island Rapid Transit's former South Beach line. The line ceased operation in 1953 but the overpass over its right-of-way still exists to this day, carrying Tompkins Avenue's traffic between Fingerboard Road and School Road. [14]

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  1. Vanderbilt Avenue, Staten Island, New York
  2. Welcome to the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum!
  3. Church of St. Joseph (Roman Catholic)
  4. A sign reminds passersby of beloved priest
  5. CITY PLANNING COMMISSION June 29, 2009/Calendar No. 4 C 070546 ZSR Archived May 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  6. Stapleton UAME Church to celebrate 210th year
  8. Two Staten Island post offices in danger of being closed
  9. Overview map of the intersection of Tompkins Avenue and McClean Avenue (Map). Google Maps . Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  10. Bus Timetable Effective September 12, 2010 Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  11. Bus Timetable Effective September 4, 2011 Archived November 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  12. Assembly-winner Nicole Malliotakis takes a victory lap
  13. A rail station for Rosebank?
  14. Gary Owen’s S.I.R.T. South Beach Line Page

Coordinates: 40°36′43.5″N74°4′15.12″W / 40.612083°N 74.0708667°W / 40.612083; -74.0708667